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Redskins coach Jay Gruden admits it’ll be difficult to run the ball against the Bears

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden would like to become more of a run-first team, but he knows that with the Chicago Bears coming to town, it could be tough.

So far the Redskins leading rusher is Adrian Peterson who only has 25 yards rushing, but with the way the Bears defense has performed, they know it’s going to be tough to establish anything on the ground.

“I say we want to run the ball, but they’re a very difficult team to run the ball against,” Gruden said on a conference call with the Chicago media Wednesday via the Chicago Sun Times. “I might have to wait until next week.”

Gruden said from watching the film he has picked up just how sound defensively they are and how physical they are upfront.

“They’re very sound in what they do, not overly complicated,” Gruden said. “They’re just in their right gaps, and they play a physical brand of football. Old-school Chicago Bears football.”

The Bears defense has also been strong against the pass, but that is where the Redskins have had more success this season. Redskins quarterback Case Keenum has been one of the biggest surprises so far this year across the NFL. Many believed he was just a place holder until Dwayne Haskins took over later in the season, but so far he has played well throwing for 601 yards, five touchdowns, and zero interceptions.

If the Redskins want to have success against the Bears, it’s probably going to be Keenum who needs to have another big game.