One thing was sure after the Bears’ 24-21 loss to the Washington Redskins on Sunday: the team has a long way to go on the defensive side of the ball.

Despite some early season success and a strong pass defense ranking, the Bears were decimated Sunday by a ‘Skins offense led by Kirk Cousins. The fourth-year pro completed 24 of 31 passes (77%) for 300 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His go-to target was tight end Jordan Reed, who caught 9 passes for 120 yards and a score, and was impossible for the Bears to tackle.

Additionally, the Bears run defense struggled — nothing new for them as they’ve had problems doing that all season — allowing 99 yards and two touchdowns to Cousins and the running back duo of Matt Jones and Alfred Morris.

The performance looked more fitting for a team that is still in flux from the horrendous unit they were the past two seasons. But under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and head coach John Fox, the learning curve had been accelerated for much of the season. On Sunday, that acceleration came to a screeching halt.