Bears vs. Redskins: A look into how the Washington Redskins offense matches up with the Chicago Bears defense.
Redskins rushing offense - 10th in the NFL at 128 yards per game,
Bears rush defense - 12th in the NFL at 102 yards per game
The Redskins rushing offense got a shot in the arm last week against the Cowboys, as QB Robert Griffin III looked the best he has all season running the football. He made some nice scrambles and good runs off the read-option, which helped the skins tally up 216 yards on the ground. Alfred Morris was bottled up, but broke loose with a 45 yard TD run in the second half.
The Bears defense is banged up, having already lost DT Henry Melton for the season with a torn ACL, and also reserve DT Nate Collins went down with a torn ACL too. And the other starter at DT Stephen Pea is questionable with turf toe. Linebacker D.J. Williams has also been lost for the season. However, the Bears have still remain good against the run this season, but for how long?
Linebacker Lance Briggs is one of the surest tacklers in the league, so they will still be capable of defending the run well. But with all the injuries, I think the Redskins will have success on the ground, and they should control the line of scrimmage.
Redskins passing offense - 10th in the NFL at 271 yards per game
Bears passing defense - 23rd in the NFL at 271 yards per game
Although the Cowboys had success rushing the passer against the Redskins, pass rushing has been one of the Bears weaknesses this season. They have accounted for only eight sacks, and their best pass rusher Julius Peppers only has one sack the entire season. This is one of the major reasons the Bears have not been very good against the pass.
The Bears still have a very good secondary, and they should match up well against the Redskins receivers. But without a consistent pass rush, I look for RGIII to have a good day passing the football.
Bears vs. Redskins – Most Intriguing Individual Matchup:
Pierre Garcon vs. Charles Tillman - Garcon was held in check last week against the Cowboys by cornerback Brandon Carr, and he may have trouble against another big, physical corner in Charles Tillman for the Bears. The Redskins need Garcon to get open especially on deep routes. So seeing Garcon, the Redskins best receiver against the Bears best corner will be a good matchup to track.