Game 6- Bears @ Redskins
Date: Sunday @ 1pm
Location: Fed Ex Field- Landover, Maryland
Radio: ESPN Sports Talk 980
TV: FOX- Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston @ Tony Siragusa
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Sunday’s Redskins Bears broadcast will be carried in most of the Mid-Atlantic and the upper Midwest. With CBS getting the doubleheader this week and Washington in the early game, it is one of those Sunday’s where we only get a pair of day games. The DC Metro area will get Baltimore @ Pittsburgh, as will most of the east coast. The Redskins are looking to avoid an 0-3 start at home for the first time since 1998, when they host Chicago at Fed Ex Field. The good news? A win by Washington on Sunday will be the Redskins fifth straight over the Bears.
The ‘Skins are really a story of two teams. Washington is fourth in the NFL in total offense, just a shade under 400 yards per game. All that yardage hasn’t always transferred into points, as the team is averaging only 21 points per game, a dismal 20th in the league. Defensively, the Redskins rank near the bottom of the NFL, allowing nearly 400 yards per game to opponents. With the defense allowing more than 28 points per game, it’s easy to see that the numbers just don’t add up. Robert Griffin III rushed for 77 yards in the Sunday night loss at Dallas, which is obviously a very good sign. Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan has started utilizing backup Roy Helu, who brings an exciting element to the running and short passing game. Pierre Garcon remains the only reliable receiver, which has hurt the passing game. Defensively, getting Rob Jackson and Jarvis Jenkins back from suspension last week certainly strengthens the depth chart, but the secondary remains a major problem. We took a brief look at some possible solutions this week in Second Chances.
The Bears are off to a 4-2 start under first year Head Coach Marc Trestman. Chicago is coming off a 27-21 win over the New York Giants. Bears quarterback and team captain Jay Cutler leads a balanced attack in his fifth season in the Windy City. Running Back Matt Forte has 442 yards rushing and three touchdowns to lead the Chicago ground game. Brandon Marshall is one of the top receivers in the NFL with 40 receptions and five scores. The Bears also feature one of the top young receivers in the game in Alshon Jeffery who has nearly 500 yards through the air. Linebacker Lance Briggs leads one of the most opportunistic defense’s in the NFC, along with cornerback Tim Jennings.
Passing: Cutler – 143-217, 1630 yds, 12 tds
Rushing: Forte – 100 car, 442 yds, 3 tds
Receiving: Marshall – 40 rec, 465 yds, 5 tds
Passing: Griffin III – 125-209, 1448 yds, 6 tds
Rushing: Morris – 72 car, 377 yds, 3 tds
Receiving: Garcon – 35 rec, 408 yds, 2 tds
- INJURY REPORT
D.J. Williams LB — Out (Definitely Will Not Play)
James Anderson LB — Limited Participation in Practice
Martellus Bennett TE — Limited Participation in Practice
Julius Peppers DE — Did Not Participate In Practice
Charles Tillman CB — Limited Participation in Practice
Anthony Walters S — Full Participation in Practice
Major Wright S — Full Participation in Practice
Stephen Paea DT — Limited Participation in Practice
Jerome Murphy CB — Full Participation in Practice
Chris Neild DT — Full Participation in Practice
David Amerson CB — Limited Participation in Practice
Logan Paulsen TE — Full Participation in Practice
Brandon Jenkins LB — Full Participation in Practice
Will Montgomery C — Full Participation in Practice
Fred Davis TE — Full Participation in Practice
BEARS: QB JAY CUTLER has won 7 of past 8 in Oct. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rating. In career (incl. playoffs), Cutler’s teams are 27-2 (.931) when he has 100+ rating…Since entering NFL in 2008, RB MATT FORTÉ is 1 of 2 players (RAY RICE) with 5,000+ rush (5,769) & 2,500+ rec. (2,569) yards…WR BRANDON MARSHALL has 47 catches for 578 yards (96.3 per game) & 6 TDs in past 6 Oct. games. In 2 meetings, has 12 catches for 232 yards (116 per game) & 2 TDs. WR ALSHON JEFFERY has 16 catches for 352 yards (117.3 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT is 1 of 6 NFL TEs with 30+ catches (31) & 3+ TDs…Team has not allowed 4th Q TD. Since 2012, Bears have 11 INT-TDs, most in NFL. CB TIM JENNINGS had 2 INTs last week, incl. 48-yard TD. Since 2012, leads NFL with 12 INTs. Since entering NFL in 2003, CB CHARLES TILLMAN is only player with 30+ INTs (35) & 30+ FFs (40). Since entering NFL in 2002, DE JULIUS PEPPERS has 112.5 sacks, 3rd most in NFL. LB LANCE BRIGGS had sack last week & leads team with 56 tackles…REDSKINS: QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III has 94.7 rating, 964 rush yards & 33 total TDs (26 pass, 7 rush) in 1st 20 career starts…RB ALFRED MORRIS has rushed for 571 yards (114.2 per game) & 6 TDs in past 5 at home. Since Week 12 of 2012, has rushed for 1,121 yards (101.9 per game) & 11 TDs. His 11 TDs tie for most in NFL & his 101.9-yard avg. ranks 2nd…WR PIERRE GARÇON has 6+ catches in all 5 games in 2013. WR SANTANA MOSS needs 71 yards to reach 10,000 career rec. yards. Had 24-yard TD catch in last meeting…CB DE ANGELO HALL tied NFL record with 4 INTs, including 92-yard INT-TD in last meeting. Has 4 career INT-TDs, incl. 17-yard TD in Week 3. LB RYAN KERRIGAN has 7 sacks & 3 FFs in past 7. Ties for 2nd in NFC with 5 sacks. Since entering NFL in 2011, is only player in NFL with 20+ sacks (21) & 2+ INT-TDs (2). LB BRIAN ORAKPO had 2 sacks in last meeting, 1 of 7 career games with 2+ sacks. LB LONDON FLETCHER has played in 245 consecutive games. Had FF & FR in last meeting.
The Redskins return to the road next weekend, with a Sunday afternoon matchup against the Broncos in Denver.
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