Bears vs. Redskins – These are five things that if the Redskins can accomplish, they will stand a better chance of getting the win against the Bears.
1. Get a pass rush on Jay Cutler – So far this season, the Chicago Bears have only given up 9 sacks on QB Jay Cutler, and this has led to the Bears offense having significantly more success over last season in the passing game. When Jay Cutler faces duress, he is prone to make mistakes in the passing game. So the Redskins will need to ensure that Cutler is under pressure as often as possible on Sunday.
2. Get the deep passing game going – With the Bears injuries in the front seven of their defense, they will no doubt be placing even more emphasis on stopping the run. With Robert Griffin III looking more the RGIII of last season against the Cowboys, it is imperative for the Bears to try to contain him. But if the Redskins can hit on a few deep passes, this could serve to open up more alleys for Alfred Morris and Roy Helu, Jr. to run through, and also create more opportunities for RGIII.
3. Improve on Special Teams – The Cowboys had two returns on special teams against the Redskins last week, so obviously the Bears will be looking to exploit that against the skins. Having one of the greatest kick returners of all time in Devin Hester gives the Bears a tremendous weapon to attack the Redskins coverage units with. The Redskins need someone to step and take command special teams like Lorenzo Alexander. And until that happens the team will continue to be vulnerable.
4. Touchdowns in the red zone – The Bears are one of the highest scoring teams in the NFL, so the Redskins will need to ensure they take advantage of their opportunities in the red zone. Too often against the Cowboys last week, the Redskins were forced into field goals after not getting into the end zone. Field goals won’t cut it against a team as good on offense as the Bears.
5. Exploit the Bears injuries on defense – The Bears have been decimated with injuries on their defensive line. And while they still have some good players on defense at Linebacker and in their defensive backfield, they should be vulnerable up front. The Redskins offensive line was dominated by the Cowboys last week, and they can’t afford for that to happen against the Bears. The line needs to step and control the line of scrimmage both on runs and against the pass rush. There’s no excuse not to.