The Chicago Bears have one more game before their bye week. That game is against the Washington Redskins this Sunday in Washington.
The Redskins have been one of several disappointing teams in the NFL this season. After much was made about Robert Griffin III during his rookie campaign last year, some questioned whether the quarterback was returning too soon after tearing his ACL in the Redskins playoff game last season. There was early criticism on Griffin to begin the season, but the Redskins quarterback is not the reason why the team has only won one of their first five games this season. In fact, the Redskins offense is among the top ten offenses in the NFL this season.
Despite the poor start to the season, the Redskins are not necessarily far from contending in the NFC East division. The leaders of the division are the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles as both teams have a record of 3-3. The Eagles and Cowboys face off against each other on Sunday and the Redskins could jump back into the mix with a win against the Bears.
Nonetheless, lets get to know the Redskins.
Head Coach: Mike Shanahan
Record: 1-4, third place in the NFC East divsion
Leading Passer: Robert Griffin III | 125-of-209 passing for 1,448 passing yards with 6 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. 149 rushing yards on 27 attempts.
Leading Rusher: Alfred Morris | 337 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on 72 attempts
Leading Receiver: Pierre Garcon | 408 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on 35 receptions
Pass Defense: 24th overall in the NFL (271.6 opposing passing yards per game)
Run Defense: 27th overall in the NFL (123.4 opposing rushing yards per game)
Matchup with the Bears: Many expect the Bears to have little to no trouble in defeating the Redskins on Sunday. That may be misguided. The Redskins are an offensive team with a struggling defense. Sounds familiar to the Bears. The Bears defense has struggled against the run this season and that is something that the Redskins do well. This game between the Redskins and Bears on Sunday will likely be one with few defensive stops with special teams being the difference.