In 2010, the Redskins beat the Bears 17-14.
Bears embarrassed in preseason opener?: The Chicago Bears got beat so bad I lit a candle in their loss against the Denver Broncos Aug. 9 . The Broncos won in a yawn 31-3. Shout “it’s preseason” all you want, but it looks bad on paper doesn’t it? They’ll be looking for a better debut this week.
Saturday, August 18th: The Return Of Jason?: Jason Campbell was shipped off to the Oakland Raiders while the Redskins were googly-eyed over Donovan McNabb. Saturday, he might get a nod to take some snaps just to get some playing time against his old team. Will he arrive and show off on the Redskins? Only game time will tell. He was quoted by ESPN earlier this week as not being bitter, but we’ll see when he looks over at Mike Shanahan on the other side.
No Urlacher: That’s right, Brian Urlacher will not be in the game, so Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will not be facing an actual Bears defense. Sorry, but I think we all know that without Urlacher in the middle linebacker position, the Bears are missing a major piece to their defense. Bears fans should not look for Urlacher to be in any preseason games: He has his sights on being ready for Week 1.
Game not worth the chatter?: Notes can be taken, analysis can be done, but this game is really a non-story for the regular season. The Skins don’t have them on their schedule, so this is a once and done. This is a great game for those campaigning for starting positions to get the work in.
Kirk Cousins at home: The feel-good story of this game is backup QB Kirk Cousins. The Michigan State QB is a hometown guy, growing up in the windy city, which is cool to a certain degree. He’s home, just playing for the opposition. I’m sure he’ll be looking to throw a nice TD in front of the hometown crowd.
Redskins still looking for the breakout RB: Tim Hightower didn’t get a chance to play against the Buffalo Bills, so I’m sure he’ll be looking for some time on the field this week. Evan Royster is in good form with Alfred Morris as a supporting cast member. Roy Helu was reported injured this week, making Hightower’s chances for playing quite good.
As per the Washington Post: “Hightower tore the ACL in his left knee last October, had surgery in November and has been limited primarily to individual and one-on-one drills so far this season. But Hightower received the green light to take part in Thursday’s action, and appeared to do well.”
That sums up the Hightower saga. He needs to get playing time this week. Another week of no play makes Royster and Morris look like frontrunners.
Will Brandon Banks redeem his performance?: Let’s face it: Brandon Banks should not have Rex Grossman as his QB if he’s trying to look good at the receiver spot. Last week was something like pathetic. He slipped twice and Grossman, in his typical form, couldn’t get the ball to him. If Banks wants to prove he can catch a ball, he will need to get it from Cousins or RG3. And if he can’t catch those, well, it’s back to drawing board for him.
Ricky Allen is a Washington Redskins Blogger with Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @UltimateRedskin