This season has been a bewildering one for the Redskins, who are a year removed from an NFC title. Quarterback Robert Griffin III expected to come back from his ACL injury and do very well off the bat, but that has not been the case. He has thrown five interceptions through five games so far, and his completion percentage has dipped to 59.8 percent.
The Bears will have to be careful regarding Griffin,however, since he show some burst in the loss to the Dallas Cowboys last week. He is still a dual threat quarterback, so it will be interesting to see how the Bears handle him. Bears’ rookie linebacker Jonathan Bostic could have his hands full, but the defense will be there to pick him up and help out when necessary. They will certainly not be taking Griffin nor the rest of that offense lightly.
Chicago Bears could benefit from reunion
Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler will have a homecoming of sorts Sunday. Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan coached Cutler and receiver Brandon Marshall while with the Denver Broncos. This reunion could spark up some good memories between Cutler and Marshall, and hopefully for Bears fans they see something that resembles what the two did in Denver. It is less likely fans will see a repeat of the 2010 tilt against the teams, in which Cutler threw four interceptions in a 17-14 Redskins victory.
The Bears need to find their pass rush. The biggest thing the Bears need to do Sunday is contain RGIII and not allow him to have time to scamper until he finds an open receiver. Cornerbacks Tim Jennings and Charles Tillman, who is questionable but expected to play, must continue to do what they are best at — ballhawk, and cover the receivers very well. Jennings will likely be matched up with Pierre Garcon, who were former teammates on the Indianapolis Colts in 2008, so there is potential for Jennings to excel against his old locker buddy.
The defense as a whole needs to make Griffin feel uncomfortable both in and out of the pocket if they want to win this game. Regardless of how his season is going, RGIII is still a threat on the ground and in the air.
The Redskins have a lot of work to do. Although they are 10th in both passing and rushing yardage, so you would think they would be successful. That is not so, as they have struggled to finish drives in the red zone. They have scored touchdowns 50 percent of the time in that area, where they rank 22nd in appearances. Rushing in the red zone has been an area of concern for them, as running back
Alfred Morris only has five carries in that zone for an average of 0.83 carries per game, compared to last year when he had an average of 3.25. Each time they have been in the red zone, they have to come from behind so passing is the preferable option for them. When they do produce like they did against the Oakland Raiders, however, they can do some damage. Out of the seven plays they had in the zone, three for runs and four for passes, they scored a touchdown each time.
The Redskins have missed some opportunities this year to improve their record, so they should come out wanting to end their losing ways and start winning like they did last year. They have the firepower to break out of this slump tomorrow, so the Bears will have to be on their toes and ready for anything.