And this is what I rushed home in the wee hours of the morning from my homecoming in Galesburg, Il for?
A Chicago Bears loss to the Washington Redskins – and an a shootout no less. But this L in the loss column isn’t as bad as the loss of key players on the both the offense and once again defense. In a physical matchup on the road against an NFC East opponent, the Bears watched as first Jay Cutler left the game in the second quarter with a groin injury, while both Lance Briggs (shoulder) and Charles Tillman (knee) found themselves in the locker room with Cutler at one point or another in the second half.
With a defense already banged up and thin at the defensive tackle position, Robert Griffin III and Robert Morrison ran the read-option relentlessly to the tune of me screaming in rage at my TV at how poorly the Bears read and reacted to the play. The defense for another week was unable to apply pressure on Griffin III in the passing game and as a result, Washington was able to pick apart the Bears “vaunted” defense.
Offensively, even with Cutler going down in the first half, Josh McCown came into the game and with a ton of help from Matt Forte, got the offense moving into the second half and kept the Bears trading scores dries with Washington. In the loss, McCown looked good in the pocket, connecting with every receiver from Brandon Marshall to Alshon Jeffery, as well as Earl Bennett and tight end Martellus Bennett.
Now, I’m not calling for Cutler to lose his job after one pretty good half of football by the second-string quarter; however, I will say if Cutler has to miss the team’s next game after the bye-week I feel confident in McCown’s skills.
All and all, this week’s defeat to Washington drops the Bears just a little in a contested division going into the bye week. Hopefully with this week off, Marc Trestman and staff can address deficiencies on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.