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NFL Capsule: Lions at Bears

NFL Capsule: Lions at Bears

DETROIT (2-3) At CHICAGO (4-1)

Monday, 8:30, ESPN

OPENING LINE - Bears by 6

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Detroit 1-4; Chicago 4-1

SERIES RECORD - Bears lead 94-65-5

AP PRO32 RANKING - Lions No. 18; Bears No. 6

LAST MEETING - Bears beat Lions 37-13, Nov. 13, 2011

LAST WEEK - Lions beat Eagles 26-23 OT; Bears had bye

LIONS OFFENSE - OVERALL (2), RUSH (19), PASS (2)

LIONS DEFENSE - OVERALL (9), RUSH (12), PASS (16)

BEARS OFFENSE - OVERALL (20), RUSH (10), PASS (23)

BEARS DEFENSE - OVERALL (3), RUSH (1), PASS (14)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Things got heated last time teams met. Chicago's Tim Jennings picked off Matthew Stafford in fourth quarter and got shoved hard out of bounds by Nate Burleson. While that unfolded, Stafford grabbed D.J. Moore by helmet and threw him to ground, setting off confrontation involving players from both teams that led to Moore's ejection. That happened few plays after Lance Briggs hit Calvin Johnson hard on a reception, and there was tension earlier in game when Jay Cutler had helmet ripped off by Ndamukong Suh after a run. ... Last week, Detroit rallied from 10 down in fourth quarter to beat Philadelphia, winning in OT on Jason Hanson's 45-yard field goal. Stafford led Lions to 17 points in last 10 minutes to force overtime, throwing TD pass and running for score. He finished with 311 yards passing. ... Lions committed 16 penalties last week. ... Johnson has one TD catch, none from Stafford. Had 135 yards receiving last week. ... DE Cliff Avril had two sacks last week. ... RB Mikel Leshoure ran for 70 yards on 15 carries last week. Missed rookie season with injured Achilles and was ineligible for first two games this year. ... Bears have won seven of past eight against Detroit. ... Bears tied with Atlanta for league lead with 17 takeaways (13 interceptions, four fumble recoveries) and tied for fourth with 18 sacks. ... Bears matched their single-season record with five interception returns for TDs - all over past three games. ... Devin Hester returned punt 82 yards for TD last time Bears played Lions. With 18 return TDs, Hester one away from tying Deion Sanders' NFL record. He is already all-time leader with 17 kick return TDs. ... LB Lance Briggs and CB Charles Tillman became first teammates in NFL to return interceptions for TDs in back-to-back games, doing it against Jacksonville two weeks ago after they each ran one back the previous week against Dallas. ... Tillman also Bears career leader with eight defensive TDs - seven on INTs and one on a fumble return. ... CB Tim Jennings t ied with Atlanta's Thomas DeCoud for league lead with career-high four INTs.

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With his rookie contract in rearview mirror, what's next for Redskins WR Jamison Crowder?

With his rookie contract in rearview mirror, what's next for Redskins WR Jamison Crowder?

ASHBURN — By now it's well-documented that the Washington Redskins' season did not go as planned, and you can say the same for fourth-year wide receiver Jamison Crowder.

Crowder, 25, was limited to just nine games due to a lingering ankle injury for most of the season, and then a separate late-December wrist injury. He finished the year with 29 catches for 388 yards, well off his career norms.

The Redskins have received plenty of production from Crowder (221 catches, 2,628 yards, 14 touchdowns) at a discounted price during his first few years in the NFL. That is about to change.

“I’m comfortable here,” Crowder said. “Obviously, I have a really high interest level in coming back. It’s going to be in discussion with my agent. There hasn’t really been much discussion as far as right now.”

Washington's 2015 fourth-round pick raced out of the gate in his NFL career setting a Redskins rookie record for receptions (59). Barring a contract extension in the next two months, Crowder will be free to sign with any team in March and there is no guarantee that he will return.

That would leave the Redskins even more desperate for proven options at wide receiver, arguably the most disappointing position on the team during a second straight 7-9 season.

Josh Doctson led Washington receivers with 44 receptions, the lowest total since 1998 when Michael Westbrook had a team-high 44 among the pack. Given that uncertainty at receiver, where Paul Richardson also missed most of the season with a shoulder injury, Crowder’s teammates want him back.

“Got to pay him,” running back Chris Thompson said. “I mean – that’s the business side of it. I really, really, really do hope that we can get him back. He’s been a key part of this offense since he’s been here. I’m excited for him. He’s really gonna help himself be in a better situation for him and his family and his kids and his future. He’s made a good resume for himself that he can make himself some really good money. I hope that it’s here.”

Crowder missed those seven games with a right ankle injury sustained in a Week 5 loss to the New Orleans Saints. He spent time in a walking boot. After three consecutive years of 59 catches or more, Crowder dropped to 29 receptions for 388 yards and two touchdowns.

“You want to keep the nucleus of the team together at all costs,” Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams said. “But it’s the NFL and it’s always easier said than done. I try not to get into the whole free agency deal because those guys got to make business decisions for them and their families.”

The Redskins could decide that slot receiver Trey Quinn, a seventh-round draft pick in 2018, could fill Crowder’s production at a much cheaper price and allow them to upgrade the position through the draft or free agency. But that will come at a risk.

Crowder has proven to be one of the league’s better slot receivers when healthy. Quinn was on IR twice with a high-ankle sprain as a rookie. Acknowledging that injuries to quarterbacks Alex Smith and Colt McCoy hurt the overall production of the group, can the Redskins really afford to let more talent leave the building at wide receiver?

Having completed the final year of his rookie contract, Crowder admitted the uncertainty of his future feels a little different.

"Yeah, I guess you could say it's a little weird. I just don't know, you know, what's going to happen right now. I just have to kind of wait and see what's going on."

Despite the unpredictable nature of Crowder's situation, he didn't mince his words on where his hopes lie going forward.

"I have a really high-interest level in coming back."

Brian McNally contributed to this story.

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Greg Manusky is back, but what about the rest of the Redskins coaching staff?

Greg Manusky is back, but what about the rest of the Redskins coaching staff?

The Redskins made some very public overtures to other defensive coordinator candidates, but on Wednesday news emerged that incumbent Greg Manusky would retain the job

That settles the biggest potential change in the Redskins coaching staff, as head coach Jay Gruden got word he would stay in his role a few weeks back

Washington's defensive performance didn't mandate that Manusky must go. In fact, this year's group played some of the best defense of any Redskins group for a while, at least early on. Things fell apart for the defense in the second half of the year, though. 

What is known is that Gruden and Manusky are back for 2019. What isn't will be what other changes happen. 

The Redskins already need a new special teams coordinator after Ben Kotwica took the same job with the Atlanta Falcons. That's one big hole. It could be filled by assistant special teams coach Bret Munsey, and some buzz has grown about Seahawks assistant special teams coach Larry Izzo as well. 

Elsewhere on the staff, there was speculation defensive backs coach Torrian Gray would be let go, but that hasn't happened. Inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti got permission to speak with the Packers about the same job, Grant Paulsen reported

Two of the most experienced coaches on the staff might bring the biggest questions, as reports have shown that Bill Callahan and Jim Tomsula might be on their way out from Redskins Park. 

Losing either coach would be a major blow. Callahan is an intense presence around the facility and is disciplined in his approach to offensive line play. The Redskins run game could use some work though, and Callahan has deep connections with Zac Taylor, who's expected to be the Bengals next head coach. 

Tomsula might be the most beloved coach on the staff.

The Redskins' young defensive linemen speak glowingly of 'Jim Tom' and would hate to lose their leader. At the same time, the group recognizes Tomsula has been away from his family and might want to get closer to them in Florida. Manusky and Tomsula are good friends, and the decision to keep the defensive coordinator could help keep the defensive line coach. 

Stay tuned.

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