Sunday, October 24, 2010
Wrap-up: Redskins 17, Bears 14
By Matt Mosley
Let's take a quick look at how the Washington Redskins picked up an important road win, 17-14, against the Chicago Bears:
What it means: The Redskins remain in the thick of the the NFC East race with this win. They're tied with the Eagles at 4-3.Keep in mind that Washington has wins over both Dallas and Philadelphia. Quarterback Donovan McNabb didn't play well for much of this game, and the Skins gave the Bears numerous opportunities by turning the ball over. But Skins cornerback DeAngelo Hall picked a good time to have the game of his life with four interceptions. Washington has already equaled its win total from last season.
The Big Play: Trailing 14-10, the Skins' defense allowed the Bears to quickly move down the field with quick passes for about 10 yards a pop in the third quarter. But Bears quarterback Jay Cutler floated a pass toward the sideline and Hall snagged it with one hand and then raced 92 yards for a touchdown. It was an enormous play by Hall, whose four interceptions tied an NFL single game record that he now shares with 18 others.
Haynesworth played like Haynesworth: Early in the fourth quarter, the Bears had a first-and-goal at the Skins' 1-yard line. Cutler tried to dive for the touchdown, but Haynesworth met him in midair and linebacker London Fletcher caused a fumble that he recovered. It's shocking that the Bears didn't challenge the fumble ruling. Haynesworth also had a sack in the game. He was very disruptive.
McNabb rewarded for not getting a play off: We've seen McNabb have to call timeout or take a delay of game many times during his career, but his mistake paid off in Sunday's win. In the third quarter, he appeared to get picked off for a touchdown by the Bears. Instead, he was called for delay of game and the Skins had to punt. That happened on the drive after the Fletcher fumble recovery. Sometimes things simply go your way, and that's what happened for the Skins on Sunday.
Secure the football: Skins running back Ryan Torain picked up a lot of yards in the second half, but he has to secure the ball when his team has a chance to score. He ran for 125 yards, but he had two fumbles, one of which was lost. It's obvious Torain has a lot of talent, but he needs to spend this entire week working on ball security.
What's next: The Skins will travel to Detroit to play against Jim Schwartz's team. If the Skins can get to the midway point at 5-3, they'll be right in the thick of the playoff race. This was not a pretty win by any stretch, but it was an important one.