The US Marines have a saying – adapt and improvise. My former Marine Sargeant Dad drilled that into me along with “Don’t get her pregnant, no matter what you do.” That’s exactly what Chicago’s offense is doing – adapting and improvising. (They’re not getting any girls pregnant either, as far as I can tell.) Thanks for the advice Dad. The Bears were apparently listening.
Chicago’s offense came to life late in the first half when they went to the short passing game. You had to know that would eventually happen. They effectively neutralized the Redskins’ blitz, throwing high-percentage passes that gained 10 yards or so a pop. All of a sudden Washington’s defense looked vulnerable. It was.
Chicago’s success with the short passing game got them into the end zone with less than 20 seconds to play. Credit them, for sure. But, also credit the Redskins’ offense for not executing when they had the ball on two drives halfway through the second quarter. Frankly, the ‘Skins have done this way too often. The inability to execute when they need to keep the other team off the field is becoming their offense’s identity. That’s pretty offensive.
The Bears will receive the ball to open the second half. Let’s hope Washington’s offense can wake up in the second half and show some killer instinct. The Skins couldn’t have asked for better starting field position. Unfortunately, they squandered it several times.
14 to 10, Da Bears.