Still looking at the team in the mirror? Dan Steinberg finds 6 reasons we beat Da Bears even though on paper we maaaay have not distinguished ourselves:
The Redskins and Bears had virtually the same yardage totals on Sunday (374 to 377), virtually the same penalty problems (eight for Washington and seven for Chicago), the same number of turnovers (one each)
Dat coaching staff:
Foster, who led Washington with six tackles on Sunday, wasn’t in training camp. Dunbar, who was listed as a starter, was in Richmond, but as a wide receiver. Will Blackmon, also listed as a starter on Sunday, arrived in September. DeAngelo Hall — who had another six tackles — is playing safety instead of cornerback. The other listed starters also included two rookies (Preston Smith and Kyshoen Jarrett) and Will Compton, who has gone from special teams stalwart to defensive signal-caller. That’s kind of a lot of turnover…And that defense has now forced seven turnovers in its last three games.
Block shedding issues aside, Compton does seem to add value in the ‘getting us lined up right’ department. The tunnel screen we sniffed out in the 2nd half was a perfect example of Compton putting us in a position to win the play pre-snap. I have a feeling he’s going to grade out negative on the Breakdown but if he’s going to hold onto the starting job, getting us lined up will be the reason why.
DHall seems to fit right in place when we ask him to come down to the line of scrimmage and play man-press on a tight end but outside of that he looks like a guy that just switched positions a few weeks ago. His run-contain angles versus Dallas left something to be desired.
Jarrett seems to have a more polished game at strong safety especially at stopping the run and blitzing. The coaches had him on the field for the first drive as a safety where, along with dime corner, he seems to be picking up more snaps. One on one versus a tight end is still DHall’s thing though.
The turnover thing is getting to be surreal. If there is an argument to be made that we won this game versus the Bears losing it, it would have to start with our ability to generate turnovers /ESPN hot take!
So if you want to say the Redskins were lucky to win that’s certainly fair. But they lost in Atlanta earlier this year when a Falcons fumble in the end zone bounced right by a few Redskins and into the arms of Julio Jones for a touchdown and in overtime Cousins’ receiver slipped, allowing the Falcons to pick off Cousins’ pass and return it for the winning touchdown. Such things should even out over time and the Redskins were able to steal one today.
Okay. So we are pulling even in the ‘luck’ department then. Uh, thanks coach?
By the numbers: Cousins (24/31, 300 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 3 sacks), Jones (18 carries, 62 yards), Jordan Reed (9 receptions, 120 yards), Hall (6 tackles), Foster (6 tackles), Murphy (1 sack, 1 FF, 1 fumble recovery), Knighton (1 sack), Kerrigan (1 sack)
Sweet sweet schadenfreude. The Chicago Tribune finds about 100 different ways to complain and whine in what might be the most negative article ever
Washington defensive ends and outside linebackers raced to the bat rack to line up against Kyle Long
Yes they did. That guy made Murphy look like a All-Star. On the sack-fumble Murphy faked a bull rush on him, got him to lean forward, then used that momentum against him almost knocking him on his face. I hadn’t seen that kind of pass rushing prowess from Murphy before. Usually he tries a move, it doesn’t work, and then he kinda just stands there with the guy like ‘welp’.
On the Bears’ first series, Omameh allowed the fattest guy on the field to sack Cutler. That’s why Omameh always holds, I guess.
Knighton took their Center Hroniss Grasu to school as well. Maybe Murphy and Knighton have had a reawakening or maybe these guys don’t know how to block. FWIW, TE Zach Miller definitely has no idea how to block.
In case you were wondering about how Kearse did in his back up duty–he’s not ready just yet.
Heroes of the game: Knighton for getting in the backfield and holding up to doubles. He looked like a poor man’s Chris Baker and I’ll take it. Murphy for the turnover. Foster was shedding blocks all day. Kerrigan for being Kerrigan.