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Redskins 31, Bears 8

Of all the injuries that wrecked their strong start, none affected Washington more than losing Terry Allen.

Without him, its offense sputtered for two weeks. With him back Sunday, the Redskins put together what coach Norv Turner called their best game of the season.

Allen returned from a knee sprain to gain 125 yards on 20 carries, and the Redskins, scoring on their first three possessions, routed the Bears.

"It's obvious when Terry Allen is in the game, we're a different team," Turner said.

"We need to keep him healthy. The last two games we felt we should have gone out and scored on the first drive. This game we go out and score on the first drive and no question there's confidence."

Allen, who went to the Pro Bowl last season, shrugged off his performance: "I felt good. I was excited to be back on the field. I'm just a piece of the puzzle. They have to play with or without me. When you're out for two weeks, you're hungry."

The Redskins, whose offensive and defensive lines have been ravaged by injuries, ended a two-game losing streak.

The Bears lost their composure and their fans _ there were 13,912 no-shows.

Chicago's Curtis Conway was ejected in the first half for making contact with an official when the receiver didn't get a pass-interference call.

"It was obviously pass interference. Anybody watching the game could see that," Bears coach Dave Wannstedt said.

In the third quarter, when a Redskins punt rolled out of bounds at the 7, Bears guard Todd Burger jumped in the face of ineffective punt returner Tyrone Hughes, shoved him and yelled at him. Hughes earlier fumbled to set up a Redskins field goal.

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