Bears vs. Redskins. Defensive grade analysis for the Bears vs. Redskins
Defensive Line: The defensive line did a good job at putting pressure on the Bears quarterbacks. Both Barry Cofield and Chris Baker had the two Redskins sacks on the day. They helped keep bears running back Matt Forte in check except for one long TD run that kept the Bears in the game. Baker’s sack on Cutler seemed to injure the Bears starting QB. D-Line Grade – B+
Linebackers: OLB Brian Orakpo made a big play in the first quarter when he intercepted a deflected pass and took it in for the pick six. We’ve seen Ryan Kerrigan do this before, and now Orakpo gets in on the act. Even though Kerrigan and Orakpo came out of the game with no sacks, they did get good pressure on Jay Cutler in the first half. Inside Linebackers London Fletcher and Perry Riley didn’t perform as well as they did against the Cowboys, but played well enough to help the Redskins preserve the victory. Linebackers grade: B
Defensive backs: It’s becoming a trend, Cornerback DeAngelo Hall had another strong game. He played about as well could be expected against Brandon Marshall. You can’t keep Marshall in check for an entire game, but Hall did an admirable job. Safety Brandon Meriweather had two bad personal fouls for hitting defenseless receivers, and those detracted from the DB’s grade. However, the Bears only passed for 219 yards, So even though the Bears backup QB Josh McCown came in and played well, the Bears passing game wasn’t as effective as they would have liked. Defensive backs grade – B
Total Defense Grade: B
The Redskins defense overall wasn’t as good as they were against the Cowboys. But a punt return for a TD and another TD scored after an RGIII interception deep in Redskins territory made the game a little closer than it might have been. But the defense was good enough to win.