The Bears offense started fast, as Jay Cutler hit Brandon Marshall with a gorgeous 41-yard bomb on his first throw of the preseason. The two had a couple great years together with the Denver Broncos, and it appears they are picking up right where they left off.
Cutler found Marshall again shortly after, and Michael Bush punched in a one-yard touchdown run to finish the six-play, 82-yard drive. It was a dominant series by the Bears, and it set the tone for the rest of the game.
Bush found the end zone again two drives later, scoring an eight-yard touchdown to give the Bears a 14-0 lead. Bush, who ran for a career-high 977 yards in Oakland last season, finished with 21 yards on five carries. He also had one reception for four yards.
Highly touted rookie Robert Griffin III was decent for the Redskins, completing 5-of-8 passes for 49 yards. He also carried the ball three times for 17 yards.
Unfortunately, RG3 was unable to get the Redskins into the end zone, and he lost a costly fumble while attempting to escape Chicago's pressure. Of course, he is just a rookie, and there's always going to be a learning curve, no matter how talented the young player is.
While Griffin struggled occasionally, Kirk Cousins shined throughout. The Redskins' other rookie QB, who they drafted in the fourth round this year, finished 18-of-23 for 264 yards and three touchdowns.
He led the Redskins back from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit, throwing the go-ahead touchdown to Dezmon Briscoe with 2:04 remaining.
Not to be outdone, the Bears marched down the field on the following drive, and the great Robbie Gould drilled a 57-yard field goal to seal the win for Chicago.
Highlight of the Night
As good as Cutler and the Bears' first-team offense looked, the play of the game goes to Brandon Banks of the Redskins. The speedy third-year receiver torched Chicago special teams unit with this 91-yard punt return touchdown.
It's been two years since DeAngelo Hall picked off Jay Cutler four times in a regular season game, but people are still ragging on the Bears' QB. Homer McFanboy was the latest to take a crack at him.
Still trying to confirm rumor that Jay Cutler handed over his lunch money to DeAngelo Hall when the cornerback took the field for warmups.— Homer McFanboy (@HomerMcFanboy) August 19, 2012
Jay Cutler got the best of the Redskins D today, though, and Trey Wingo of ESPN said what was on everybody's mind.
Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall seem comfortable— trey wingo (@wingoz) August 19, 2012
Many Bears fans, including Bosser Arafat, are glad to see Michael Bush in Chicago. This guy also has an awesome Twitter bio.
I'd like to thank the Oakland raiders for letting go of michael bush— Bosser Arafat (@MoDroJoJo) August 19, 2012
SOURCES: Arizona willing to part ways with their first round picks for the next three years to acquire Kirk Cousins from the redskins.— TEE (@iloveredskins) August 19, 2012
As good as Cousins was, he couldn't overcome the heroics of Robbie Gould. The folks running the Bears official Twitter feed were pretty stoked about that 57-yard field goal.
Robbie Gould just clears the crossbar on a 57-yard field goal attempt! #Bears lead 33-31 with :31 remaining in the game!— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) August 19, 2012