10.21.2013 / Blog Posts Redskins
Stephen Czarda, Redskins Staff Blogger
After weeks of leaving too much on the field, the Washington Redskins capped off an entertaining game against the Chicago Bears with a come from behind 45-41 victory.
In front of a soldout crowd at FedExField as part of the franchise’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness game, the Redskins scored their most points since 2005 and gained the most yards in a game (499) ending in regulation in 22 years.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III had his best game of the season, throwing for 298 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 84. With the expand threat of him in the running game, the Bears defense struggled to contain the Redskins on the ground led by a three-headed attack.
Griffin III showed off his elite speed not normally associated with a quarterback, running back Alfred Morris plowed over the defense to the tune of five yards per carry and third-year pro Roy Helu Jr. recorded his first career three touchdown game.
Last season he watched Morris shred the Dallas Cowboys’ defense in a three touchdown effort from the sideline as he recovered from season-ending injuries. This go-round, he spelled Morris in the red zone and capitalized on his opportunities.
[The red zone is anywhere inside another team’s 20-yard line. It’s often mistaken that being in the red zone favors an offense, however, with less space to operate it actually benefits the defense.]
His last touchdown secured the Redskins’ first home win of the season.
In the third round of the draft in April, the Redskins selected tight end Jordan Reed out of the University of Florida. A hybrid who can play a multitude of positions, Reed is quickly become one of the league’s top pass-catching tight ends.
He was targeted nine times yesterday, catching all nine for a career-high 134 yards and a beautiful second quarter touchdown from a perfectly executed Griffin III lob.
Defensively, the unit was led by linebacker Brian Orakpo. Normally a terror for opposing quarterbacks in the backfield, the fifth-year pro recorded his first career interception and pick-six.
Despite three touchdowns on the ground from running back Matt Forte, the Bears were unable to capitalize on the last possession of the game. Feeling the pressure of an expiring clock, backup quarterback Josh McCown got antsy in the pocket before being thrown down by nose tackle Barry Cofield for a game-ending sack.
In a game marked by high flying play from both offenses, the Redskins once again struggled on special teams. Bears returner Devin Hester, a living legend at the position, returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. It was the second straight week a punt return for a touchdown was given up.
The Redskins hit the road this Sunday, traveling to the Denver Broncos (6-1) for a 4:25pm kick. The Broncos were handed their first loss of the season last night. The game will be head coach Mike Shanahan’s first in Denver after 14 years at the helm. In 1997 and 1998, Shanahan led the Broncos to Super Bowl victories.
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