While the Washington Redskins may be one of their best offensive teams in the NFL this season, the reason the team has a 1-4 record this season is because of the their defense.
This season the Redskins defense is allowing opposing teams to average nearly 400 yards of offense per game. The Redskins have allowed 1,975 total yards on defense and that mark ranks as 19th in the NFL. Furthermore, the Redskins have allowed 143 points this season as opposing teams are averaging 28.6 points per game.
One area where the Redskins have especially struggled this season is on run defense. Opposing teams are averaging 123.4 rushing yards per game against the Redskins this season. That mark is the sixth highest in the NFL this season. The Redskins poor run defense should bode well for Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears. Forte has yet to rush for over 100 yards in a game and Sunday’s game against the Redskins appears to be a prime opportunity to do so.
In terms of passing defense, opposing teams are averaging 271.6 passing yards per game against the Redskins this season. That mark is the ninth highest in the NFL, one above the Chicago Bears.
Where the Redskins pass defense does stand to benefit is with cornerback DeAngelo Hall.
Hall has a history with Bears quarterback Jay Cutler. In a game against the Redskins in 2010, Hall had four interceptions off Cutler as the Bears quarterback did not shy away from the veteran cornerback. The question is whether or not Cutler will target Hall on Sunday. Hall will likely be shadowing Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall on Sunday, one of the most important matchups of the game. Opposing teams have managed to take Marshall out of the gameplan for the Bears at different points this season and Hall will likely have the same agenda on Sunday.
Ironically, the Redskins defense this season compares similarly to the Bears defense. The Redskins, however, have generated more pressure on opposing quarterbacks as the team has 16 sacks on the season. But other than that, the Bears defense is statistically on par with the Redskins defense. Neither defense has been especially good this season, meaning the game will likely be won on offense and special teams. Something that the Bears were built to do this season.