Washington Redskins at Chicago Bears
- Author: Audrey Hill Dec 25, 2016,
Dec 25, 2016, 1:22
The Chicago Bears entered Saturday's game versus the Washington Redskins with hopes of ending Washington's playoff aspirations, but when it was all put on the line, the Bears played like a team that was full of 2nd string, 3rd string, and reserve players all thrust into the starting lineup before they were ready.
Operating the NFL's No. 3-ranked offense, Cousins passed for 270 yards with one touchdown and a 104.1 passer rating and ran for two more TDs in leading Washington to a 41-21 win.
The Bears finally got on the scoreboard when running back Jeremy Langford carried the final yard after wide receiver Cameron Meredith gashed the Redskins defense for a 31-yard reception.
Chris Thompson's 7-yard touchdown run up the middle gave the Redskins a 7-0 lead with 7:43 left in the first quarter.
It was an easy effort against a Bears team that just doesn't have the personnel: The Bears' defense was overmatched, and the offense was even worse, with Matt Barkley throwing five interceptions. Howard had 128 yards from scrimmage and is a reliable, dynamic running back capable of scoring a long distance touchdown at any time.
Barkley has already thrown for at least 300 yards in two of the last four weeks.
After the Redskins added a field goal to take a 34-14 lead, Norman came through with another interception, his second of the game and the Redskins' fifth.
There were no second-half heroics, no moral victories for the Bears or him to feel good about after their first four possessions in the second half ended with ghastly interceptions. Matt Forte was a workhorse multi-dimensional running back for the Chicago Bears for eight years. Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery out-leapt cornerback Josh Norman for a 37-yard catch that took the Bears to the Washington 21.
Making definitive statements about Barkley still remains shortsighted and premature. If need be, the Redskins will rely upon veteran Vernon Davis to start at tight end.
Thompson scored again with just 57 seconds left in the first quarter on a 17-yard screen pass from Kirk Cousins. The next pass to DeSean Jackson wasn't far enough and the team had to settle for a field goal. But Washington responded on their next drive with a Cousins touchdown run.
Two more Barkley interceptions followed, with Will Blackmon returning one 79 yards to the Chicago 9, setting up Hopkins' 20-yard field goal. Mack Brown sealed the win with a 61-yard rushing touchdown in garbage time.