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leads to the Detroit Li­ons and the Green Bay Packers. Against the Packers, Aaron Rodgers con­nected with Jordy Nel­son on a 60-yard bomb in the fi­nal minute to set up a 32-yard field goal.

The Redskins could cap­i­tal­ize on the Bears’ in­abil­ity to stop the deep ball with wide re­ceiver DeSean Jack­son and quar­ter­back Kirk Cousins. Fox, though, said stop­ping ex­plo­sive plays will be a key for his team, point­ing to a 61-yard run the Bear also sur­ren­dered to Green Bay.

“That’s some­thing that our de­fen­sive staff, my­self in­cluded, talked to our play­ers about,” Fox said. “Again, ev­ery week brings new chal­lenges. That’s some­thing we have to im­prove upon our­selves.”

Part of the Bears’ resur­gence late in games, how­ever, has to deal with Barkley. A for­mer third-string quar­ter­back, Barkley has started the last four games this sea­son be­cause of in­juries to Jay Cut­ler and Brian Hoyer.

On the sea­son, Barkley has thrown for 1,163 yards for six touch­downs and seven in­ter­cep­tions.

Barkley has watched the Redskins on de­fense and said that corner­back Josh Nor­man and pass rusher Ryan Ker­ri­gan have stood out. He said the two have a lot of aware­ness for where the ball is go­ing.

“We have them high­lighted and I have them high­lighted in my head,” Barkley said. “Over­all, it’s a sound group of guys. It will be in­ter­est­ing to see what the line­backer sit­u­a­tion is as we move for­ward with this week, with who is play­ing, be­cause that might change things up a bit for us.”

The Redskins have dealt with a va­ri­ety of in­juries at the line­backer po­si­tion this sea­son. Gru­den said Tues­day that line­backer Hous­ton Bates tore his ACL and is out for the sea­son. Gru­den said Will Comp­ton (knee) and Su’a Cravens (up­per arm) re­main day-to-day after miss­ing Mon­day’s game against Carolina.

In eval­u­at­ing Wash­ing­ton’s de­fense, Fox said that the Redskins had the abil­ity to play mul­ti­ple cov­er­ages to get pres­sure on the quar­ter­back.

“They’re solid up­front,” Fox said. “They have a shut­down cor­ner in Nor­man. Their safety po­si­tion is ex­pe­ri­enced. … All in all, it’s some­thing we’ll have to be ready for. Like ev­ery game, it’s about ex­e­cu­tion.”

The Bears at a glance

Record: 3-11

Points per game: 17.7, ranked No. 29 Op­po­nents points per game: 22.9, ranked No. 16 Touch­downs: 25 (16 pass­ing, 9 rush­ing) Op­pos­ing touch­downs: 31 (18 pass­ing, 13 rush­ing)

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