Chicago Bears-Washington Redskins: Preview and Prediciton
The NFL's worst defense travels to Chicago to play one of the worst offenses. This has "interesting matchup" written all over it. The Washington Redskins (3-3) travel to the Midwest to take on the Chicago Bears (4-2).
After a dismal performance against Seattle, in a game they should've won but were ruined by the offensive line (or lack thereof), the Bears return home in hopes of winning their last game before the bye week.
Washington is coming off a 24-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, a game they almost won, but stalled late in the game. The Redskins game centers on Donovan McNabb and his primary receiver, Santana Moss. Other than that the offense is very limited, especially at the running game, which will already have a tough game going against the third best run defense in the league.
If anything the lack of depth in the offense will be the nail in the coffin for the Redskins, though a good game from McNabb could give the Redskins their fourth win. McNabb has won four of his five starts in Chicago, but he was in Philadelphia then. Will that stat matter with a new team?
It's now so apparent the Bears have some serious offensive line issues. Cutler is on track to surpass last year's total of 25 sacks. He has been sacked 23 times in 4.5 games. He might even be able to surpass David Carr's record of 76 sacks in one season.
It's no surprise the Bears have been streaky this season. It all depends on the offensive line protecting Cutler. If that protection doesn't happen the Bears don't win.
Lance Briggs, Roberto Garza and Brian Urlacher all didn't practice Wednesday leaving their status for Sunday's game questionable.
The defense was hurting without Briggs, their best player. Losing both linebackers to injury could prove fatal for the Bears, though I'd assume they should be back on the field come Sunday.
The only huge loss for the Redskins would be running back Clinton Portis, who has only played four games this season.
This game comes down to whether the Bears offensive line or the Redskins defense plays better than usual.
You never know what you're exactly going to get from these teams, which should make it an interesting, or boring, game to watch.
In the end I don't see the Bears offensive line improving much to give Cutler adequate time in the pocket, and, frankly, I don't think Cutler does either.
Expect a 20-17 Redskins win.
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