The only shutdown Washington will be seeing on Sunday will be provided by the Chicago Bears. The 4-2 Bears head into our nation’s capitol on Sunday looking for win vs. the struggling 1-4 Washington Redskins. After last week’s Bears victor over the Giants that stopped their two-game losing streak, illness the Bears need to maintain a rhythm coming into the game on Sunday. Here are a few key points you need to know about the game this weekend.
What You Need to Know:
- The Washington Redskins are 1-4 and hoping to avoid going 0-3 at home for the first time in 15 years. They are also looking to secure a fifth consecutive victory over the Bears on Sunday.
- Though the Redskins have won four straight games over the Bears, find those games were decided by a total of 16 points, which really isn’t much to brag about. Note: those were also games where QB Jay Cutler was not the same Jay Cutler we’re currently seeing. In fact, Washington’s Offensive Coach, Mike Shanahan worked with Cutler back in Denver and was recently quoted saying that Jay is playing the way he did when they were both back in Denver and Cutler was nominated for the Pro-Bowl back in 2008.
Who and What to Watch For:
- From Washington: The one and only Robert Griffin III. RGIII is a young talented QB and former Heisman winner who suffered a season ending injury (torn ACL) last season. RGIII, like our beloved Derrick Rose, has been conditioning and strengthening his knee since the injury. RGIII missed the entire preseason and six games into the regular season, it appears that RGIII may still be cautious of his injury and has fallen into a bit of a sophomore slump. RGIII isn’t having quite the same game since he’s come back. He’s thrown over 1448 yards, 6 TDs and 5 INT. While still a consistent quarterback (he has similar stats to our buddy Jay), he’s not as explosive as last season. Spectators should still expect to see him lead the team offensively in what should be a pretty good running game.
- From the Bears: Jay Cutler is having one of the best season of his career with the Bears. He’s averaging career highs with a 65.9 completion percentage and 95.2 passer rating. He’s thrown four touchdowns and no interceptions the last two weeks. The Cutler-Marshall bromance should be in full force on Sunday; Marshall caught a season-high nine passes for 87 yards with two TDs against the Giants last Thursday. Defensively, the Bears are beat up with with linemen Henry Melton, Nate Collins and DJ Moore all out for the season, the Bears simply cannot afford to lose any more men; playmaker Peanut Tillman has been out with injuries and we really need him back before Sunday to keep RGIII on his toes. Watch for rookie linebacker Jon Bostic to make his season debut starting next to Lance Briggs.
Your Take Away Piece:
“The Bears have been doing well against mediocre teams which should mean a victory against a struggling Washington team on Sunday. Even if RGIII lights it up out there, the defense (while weaker than we’ve seen in the past) should be able to keep ‘Skins offense at bay. I forsee a Bear victory, not by a landslide, but definitely a solid win.”
The Bears have a much-needed bye next week and will use the time to nurse injuries and prepare for a tough schedule ahead that includes both the Packers and the Lions in the next few weeks. Kick-off is at noon on Sunday on FOX at FedEx Field in Virginia.