Preseason Game #2: Chicago Bears Beat the Washington Redskins 33-31

By Chris Wickersham

The Chicago Bears played their 2nd preseason game against the Washington Redskins on Saturday. The Bears were hoping for a better game than they had against the Denver Broncos when they lost 31-3 last weekend. However, QB Jay Cutler, DE Julius Peppers, RB Matt Forte and LB Brian Urlacher were held out. Besides Urlacher – Cutler, Peppers and Forte were held out because of the weather conditions. The Bears did have a better game against the Redskins:

The Bears beat the Redskins 33-31.

Key plays:
*1st quarter 9:06- Michael Bush scores on a 1-yard rushing touchdown. Bears 7 – Redskins 0.
*1st quarter 0.54- Julius Peppers recovers a fumble. Robert Griffin III fumbled the ball on a sack from Israel Idonije.
*1st quarter 0:45- Bush with his 2nd rushing touchdown, an 8-yard run. Bears 14 – Redskins 0.
*2nd quarter 11:06- Robbie Gould 45-yard field goal. Bears 17 – Redskins 0.
*2nd quarter 6:38- Neil Rackers 28-yard field goal. Bears 17 – Redskins 3.
*2nd quarter 1:50- Brandon Banks 91-yard punt return. Bears 17 – Redskins 10.
*2nd quarter 0.07- Robbie Gould 28-yard field goal. Bears 20 – Redskins 10.
*3rd quarter 14:45- Lorenzo Booker 105-yard kick return touchdown. Bears 27 – Redskins 10.
*3rd quarter 6:12- Robbie Gould 19-yard field goal. Bears 30 – Redskins 10.
*4th quarter 13:17- Kirk Cousins throws a 5-yard touchdown pass to Niles Paul. Bears 30 – Redskins 17.
*4th quarter 10:06- Kirk Cousins throws a 49-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson. Bears 30 – Redskins 24
*4th quarter 7:27- John McCargo recovers a fumble from Redskin’ Antoine Bailey.
*4th quarter 3:26- Redskin’ Reed Doughty forced a fumble from Bear’ Chris Summers.
*4th quarter 2:09- Kirk Cousins throws a 20-yard touchdown pass to Dezmon Briscoe. Bears 30 – Redskins 31.
*4th quarter 0.25:- Robbie Gould kicks a 57-yard field goal. Bears 33 – Redskins 31.
*Game over – Bears 33 – Redskins 31.

My observations from the game:
*The offense looks amazing with Cutler throwing, Forte/Bush running, and Brandon Marshall/Devin Hester/Earl Bennett/Alshon Jeffery catching. I bet I’ll be able to say that week in, week out for once in my life.
*Hester has looked great and the best I’ve ever seen him.
*The offensive line actually didn’t look bad and hopefully that keeps up.
*The defensive line pressured Griffin for the time he was in and he did not look comfortable.
*Gould still looks good as gold.
*Hopefully the safety depth is okay, come the regular season.
*The defense looked good for the most of the game, until the 4th quarter. But remember, that’s all back-ups and mostly players whom won;t make the team.
*TE Evan Rodriguez has looked great, but if he’s going to be featured in the backfield as a fullback, he better get down on his blocks and not pushed backwards.
*Johnathan Wilhite looked very bad and looks like he’s on the outside looking in for a roster spot.
*At least Josh McCown is the 3rd string QB now because he did not look great tonight.

Injuries in-game:
S Chris Conte– shoulder (did not return)
P Adam Podlesh– hip (did not return)
S Brandon Hardin– neck (did not return)

LB Brian Urlacher – knee
DL Stephen Paea – ankle

The Bears will play the New York Giants at 7:00 p.m. CT on Friday (August 24th) in their 3rd preseason game.

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