Bears vs. Redskins: A look into how the Washington Redskins defense matches up against the Chicago Bears offense.
Redskins rush defense – 27th in the NFL at 123.4 yards per game,
Bears rushing offense – 17th in the NFL at 108.3 yards per game
With the arrival of new head coach Marc Trestman, the Chicago Bears offense is significantly improved over last season. The Bears have one of the better running backs in the league in Matt Forte, and QB Jay Cutler has always been very mobile for a quarterback. Even though the Bears lean more to the pass, they are not a team that will abandon the run if things start out slowly, as Forte has the talent to break long runs if the opportunity presents itself.
The Redskins defense has improved the past few games against the run, and inside linebackers Perry Riley and London Fletcher had their best game as a tandem this season last week against the Cowboys. Forte will be effective at times against the skins and Cutler will scramble for some yards as well. However, I don’t look for the Bears to run wild all over the Redskins defense.
Redskins pass defense – 24th in the NFL at 272 yards per game
Bears passing offense – 13th in the NFL at 261 yards per game
Marc Trestman’s presence has helped the Bears passing game more than anything, and the Bears offensive line is much improved having given up only 9 sacks on Jay Culter this season. So the Redskins pass rushers will have a huge task ahead of them. Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett may need to mix in some extra blitz packages to aid in getting pressure on Cutler. As we’ve seen in the past, when Cutler is faced with heavy pressure, he’s prone to make mistakes.
The Bears receiving unit is very good, with Brandon Marshall being one of the best in the NFL. But second year man Alshon Jeffery has emerged as the deep threat on the team, and TE Martellus Bennett is a good third option. Running back Matt Forte is also a good receiver out of the backfield, so the Bears have many weapons to attack with.
But ultimately, I think the Redskins defense matches up well with the Bears, in that the Bears run more of a conventional pro-style offense, and that’s what the Redskins have been built to defend. The Bears will score, as they have too many weapons not to, but I don’t see the Redskins defense being lit up by the bears offense in this game. Bears vs. Redskins
Most Intriguing Individual Matchup
Brian Orakpo vs. Jermon Bushrod – The Bears acquired LT Jermon Bushrod as a free agent and he has been extremely instrumental in cutting down the Bears sack numbers on Jay Cutler. The Redskins will need to get pressure on Cutler and Brian Orakpo will be facing off against Bushrod much of the game. Which ever player wins this matchup, it may translate in their team winning as well.