The Washington Redskins dropped to 1-4 against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night, and must cling to a season slipping away against the Chicago Bears (4-2) Week 7. Chicago snapped a two-game skid with a ho-hum win over the winless New York Giants Thursday night.
NFL Week 7 Matchup: Bears at Redskins; 1 p.m. ET on FOX
Bears-Redskins Spread: Bears -1
Washington had two weeks to prepare for their archrival and this time seemed to pay dividends in the play of Robert Griffin III. RGIII had much more speed and burst in beating linebackers and ends to the edge on a few runs (77 yards in total), and did a better job of extending plays with under-control throws.
That said, there were also moments he danced around the pocket an unfairly long time and was punished for that with sacks and turnovers. These Redskins receivers may have trouble getting open against strong secondaries and this contributes to the issues for this pass offense and line protection.
The Bears aren’t giving Jay Cutler great protection but benefiting greatly from the emergence of Alshon Jeffery to complement Brandon Marshall. Pitching to Matt Forte out of the backfield doesn’t hurt either. Any secondary that features DeAngelo Hall as it’s top cornerback can and should be exploited. The way Chicago’s defense has given up points suggests they’ll need to stay aggressive on offense throughout.
Key Matchup: Ryan Kerrigan vs. Jordan Mills
Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett dialed up a nice gameplan for Tony Romo while the pass-rush showed some life. As Brian Orakpo works his way back to old form, it’s imperative that Kerrigan takes advantage of favorable matchups against rookie right tackles.
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