Before we talk about football, considering the Bears are playing the Washington Redskins this week, the question is bound to pop up on the local airwaves. That question is should the Washington football franchise keep their name as the “Redskins” or should they rename their team.
The answer is simple. If the name is offensive to any one individual, then the team should change the name. But as of now, the name of the professional football franchise in Washington is still the Redskins. For that reason alone, Da Windy City will refer to the Washington franchise as the Redskins.
The Redskins last game came against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. The Redskins struggled in that game as they were unable to overcome the 14-to-6 deficit they were facing at half-time and lost to the Cowboys 31-to-16.
Here is some scouting observations that should have been made from the Redskins previous game.
- RG3‘s Knee-Chicago sports fans are no strangers to turn ACLs. After tearing his ACL in a playoff game last season for the Redskins, Robert Griffin III has shown signs of returning to form. In the game against the Cowboys, Griffin rushed for 77 yards on 9 scrambles. It will be important for the Bears to keep Griffin in the pocket and limit his ability to make plays with his feet.
- Force Griffin To Throw-To ping off the previous observation, the Bears need to force Griffin to throw the ball. There is trend developing with Griffin when it comes to the second-year quarterback throwing the ball. Griffin does not go through all of his reads. When passing, Griffin sticks with his first read and if there is no play, the play often breaks down and may lead to a turnover. Griffin already has 5 interceptions this season which was the most he had in all of his rookie season.
- Attack The Redskins Secondary-Tony Romo may have been kept to under 200 passing yards against the Redskins on Sunday, but Washington’s seconday is certainly one of the weak spots on the team. One player to note in the Redskins seconday is cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Bears’ quarterback Jay Cutler has a tendency to target Hall and that tends to backfire as Hall had four interceptions against Cutler the last time the Redskins played the Bears.
- Redskins Rushing Attack-The Redskins as a team rushed for over 200 yards against the Cowboys on Sunday. The Bears, this season, have struggled on defense against the run. That doesn’t seem to bode well for Bears in their game against the Redskins on Sunday. Though, one difference maker for the Bears could be Stephen Paea, who is returning to the team’s defensive line after missing the previous two games with an injury.