Coming into this game, the Washington Redskins were a team that had not been able to put all aspects of the game together at once, and they appeared to get closer in this one. The Bears were a team trying to adjust to a rash of injuries, and they ended up with even more. An offensive shootout isn’t how the Redskins would have liked to win the game, but they’ll take it.
One might have thought that after the Bears lost both Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs, the Redskins would have had an easier time winning the game, but that wasn’t the case. The Bears are a good team and hung tough throughout. Redskins QB Robert Griffin III seemed more himself in this game than at any other point of the season, but the Bears kept things close.
Rookie TE Jordan Reed had a great performance with 9 catches for 134 yards, as the Bears had a tough time covering him the whole game. The Bears lost starting QB Jay Cutler early in the second quarter on a sack by DE Chris Baker. However, the Bears offense seemed to take off when backup Josh McCown came in.
The Redskins had more problems on special teams, as they gave up an 81 yard punt return to Devin Hester. But the Redskins managed to stay one step ahead with a great running game as running backs Alfred Morris and Roy Helu Jr. both played well. Helu Jr. had three rushing TD’s and RGIII had 84 yards rushing as well.
However, McCown kept bringing the Bears back, and they took the lead late in the fourth quarter 41-38. But RGIII calmly drove the Redskins down the field 80 yards, and Roy Helu Jr. scored on a three yard TD run that put the Redskins ahead for good, 45-41.