Updated: Sunday, October 17, 2004 8:59 AM EDT
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CHICAGO (Ticker) -- A pair of teams in need of a win meet at Soldier Field on Sunday when the Washington Redskins travel to Chicago to take on the banged-up Bears.

After opening up the second Joe Gibbs era with a win over Tampa Bay, the Redskins have dropped four straight. The slide reached a critical juncture after a 17-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in which the offense continued to struggle.

Gibbs needs a win vs. the Bears to avoid his first five-game losing streak since opening the 1981 season, his first with Washington, at 0-5. He ended that slide with a 24-7 win at Chicago and finished the season with an 8-8 record.

The Redskins gained a total of just 107 yards and had nine first downs in the loss to Baltimore. They have yet to reach the 20-point mark this season and rank 26th in the NFL in total offense, despite adding two-time 1,500-yard rusher Clinton Portis and veteran quarterback Mark Brunell in the offseason.

Brunell threw for 83 yards vs. the Ravens, the second time this year he has failed to reach 100. Meanwhile, Portis has not rushed for 100 yards since the opener and has fumbled four times during the losing streak.

A win heading into a bye week would alleviate some of the pressure that Gibbs and the Redskins are under.

The Bears are coming off their bye week and a needed rest as they nurse some wounds. Pro Bowl middle linebacker Brian Urlacher is expected to return and bolster the defensive unit after missing the last two games - losses to Minnesota and Philadelphia.

But like Washington, Chicago's offense needs a boost.

Quarterback Jonathan Quinn gets his fifth career start and second since Rex Grossman was lost with a torn ACL in Week Three. Quinn performed admirably in Week Four, throwing for 215 yards and a touchdown while not committing a turnover in a 19-9 loss to Philadelphia.

While Quinn was throwing 46 times, the Bears struggled to get anything going on the ground vs. the Eagles. Thomas Jones , who ran for 329 yards through his first three games, was held to 32 in the loss.

After losing six straight in the series, Chicago has taken the last two meetings, including a 27-24 victory here last December 21.

Matchup to watch: Bears receiver David Terrell lines up across left cornerback Shawn Springs .

Series: Chicago, 23-19-1

Next week: Washington has a bye Chicago visits Tampa Bay on October 24.


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