Despite everything that went against the Chicago Bears in the first half of their game against the Washington Redskins, the Bears only entered the second half of the game down by a touchdown.
Of course, in the first half, the Bears lost starting quarterback Jay Cutler due to a groin injury. Cutler was ruled out for the game and the consensus is that the injury is serious.
In the third quarter, Matt Forte got things going for the Bears’ offense with a 50-yard run for a touchdown. That was Forte’s second touchdown of the game as it temporarily tied the game. However, Redskins’ running Roy Helu recorded his second rushing touchdown of the game. That touchdown would give the Redskins a 31-24 lead.
That is where things would stand between the two teams at the start of the fourth quarter.
Forte continued to lift the Bears’ offense in the beginning of the decisive quarter. In the early minutes of the fourth quarter, Matt Forte rushed for his third touchdown of game. Forte’s touchdown temporarily tied the game at 31.
The Redskins’ offense was quick to respond on the corresponding series. Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III threw his second touchdown of the game. On the play, Bears’ cornerback Charles Tillman misplayed the pass after safety Chris Conte slipped and that resulted in Redskins receiver Aldrick Robinson being open in the end-zone for the touchdown.
Entering the game, the thought was that the game between the Redskins and Bears would be an offensive shootout. That it was. But, the expectation was that Cutler and the Bears offense would have the advantage over the Redskins offense. With Cutler out and Josh McCown throwing his first passes of the regular season for the Bears, the team struggled in trying to keep up with the Redskins offense.
That was the case after the Robinson touchdown for the Redskins. McCown managed to drive the Bears into plus-territory but that is where the drive stalled. The drive concluded with a Robbie Gould field. On the following kickoff, Gould and the Bears kickoff unit successfully recovered a surprise onside kick. The play was negated, however, as Eric Weems was flagged for being off-sides.
Gould then opted for the traditional kickoff. The Bears defense was able to force the Redskins offense off the field and created another opportunity for the Bears offense.
McCown and the Bears offense took advantage of the opportunity. After completions to Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery set the Bears offense up in a goal-line situation, McCown connected with tight end Martellus Bennett to give the Bears a touchdown and a 41-38 lead in the game.
The Bears defense was put in a position where they needed to stop the Redskins offense. As was the case for most of the game, the Bears had no answer for the Redskins. Griffin was able to drive the Redskins into the red zone before Roy Helu rushed for his third touchdown of the game. The touchdown gave Redskins a 45-41 lead. That would go on to be the final score of the game.
Beyond the loss to the Redskins, the future of the Bears season is in serious question. McCown did an admirable job in place of Cutler on Sunday but there is a reason why he was coaching high school football instead of playing in the NFL when the Bears first signed. On top of that, the Bears defense took another step backwards as they offered no resistance to the Redskins offense.
The Bears now enter the bye week with the status of their starting quarterback unknown and a defense that is getting worse with each passing week–a true recipe for disaster.