The Washington Redskins may be 1-4 football team but the team does posses an offense that is among the best in the NFL.
That should rise a concern for the Chicago Bears defense. The Chicago Bears defense this season has been decimated by injuries. Defensive tackles Henry Melton and Nate Collins both suffered torn ACLs and are out for the remainder of the season, a fate they share with middle linebacker D.J. Williams who was injured against the New York Giants.
The injuries on the defense have played a part in the struggle of the defensive line to generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks. In addition, the defensive line has also struggled against the run. The Bears defensive line is generating no push-back against opposing offense lines and that leads to generous holes for opposing running backs.
This poses a concern for the Bears entering their game against the Redskins. Not only is Redskins running back Alfred Morris one of the best running backs in the league, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has shown signs in recent weeks of playing with the game-changing speed he had last year in his rookie season before tearing his ACL.
Needless to say Griffin and Morris are two players that could make a difference for the Redskins when they play the Bears on Sunday.
Morris is averaging 5.2 yards per carry this season with the Redskins. On the season, Morris has has 377 rushing yards on 72 attempts.
Meanwhile, Griffin has passed for 1,448 yards to go along with 6 touchdowns and 5 interceptions this season. The 5 interceptions already matches the total number of interceptions Griffin had in his entire rookie season. Griffin gets in trouble when opposing defenses force him into the pocket. When forced to pass from the pocket, Griffin does not progress through his reads. Griffin locks onto his first read and if the option is not there, the play breaks down.
More times than not this season, wide receiver Pierre Garcon has been Griffin’s first option. This season, Garcon has 31 more targets than any other player on the Redskins offense. Further more, Garcon has 35 receptions on the season, the second highest total is 17. On those 35 receptions, Garcon has compiled 408 yards with 2 touchdowns.
In order to contain the Redskins offense, it begins with containing Morris and forcing Griffin to pass from the pocket. By doing that, the Bears defense would be taking away the biggest asset of the Redskins offense. The Bears need to also take Garcon out of the game. Charles Tillman is expected to return on Sunday and will definitely improve the Bears chances of limiting the impact that Garcon has on the game. If the Bears can do that, the team will be in a position to win the game on Sunday.