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Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Bears

Oct 16, 2013, 5:29 AM EDT

Julius Peppers

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, October 16, four days before the Washington Redskins play the Chicago Bears at FedEx Field.

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Five things you need to know about the Chicago Bears:

1. The Bears decided not to bring back longtime star middle linebacker Brian Urlacher this spring and they made D. J. Williams the starter in his place. Now Williams is out for the season with a torn pectoral muscle he suffered in the Bears’ last game last Thursday night. Rookie Jon Bostic finished up that game and is now the starter. He’s a second-round pick out of Florida so he practiced against Redskins tight end Jordan Reed. Those two should cross paths at least a few times on Sunday.

2. Defensive end Julius Peppers carries a $14.83 million dollar salary cap hit this year, the highest on the team. The return on the Bears’ investment has been one sack and five tackles this year. To be fair, the Bears have been racked by injuries and Peppers is the only one of the four projected starters who playing in his original spot. Still, at age 33 you can’t help but think that time has caught up with the 33-year-old Peppers.

3. This week brings Round 2 of Jay Cutler against the coach who traded up in the 2006 draft in hopes of making him his team’s franchise quarterback. Of course, both Cutler and Mike Shanahan have since left the Broncos. The last meeting was in 2010 and Cutler threw four interceptions, all of them to DeAngelo Hall. The much-maligned 30-year-old signal caller is having a career year so far. He’s on pace to have his most passing yards ever, most touchdowns, and best passer rating and his interception percentage is near his career low for a season. Mark Trestman, his new head coach, appears to have done wonders for Cutler’s career, at least in the first six games.

4. Cutler has four prime pass-catching targets so the Redskins’ coverage will really have to be on point. The leading receiver is another former Shanahan draft picks, Brandon Marshall, who has 40 catches for 465 yards and five touchdowns. But the Redskins can’t focus on him and sleep on wide receiver Alshon Jeffry (29/456/2), tight end Martellus Bennett (31/349/3), or running back Matt Forte (33/244/0).

5. After giving up two long returns to Dwayne Harris last week the Redskins now have the task of trying to stop Devin Hester, one of the best kick returners ever. At age 31 he’s not having a stellar year, with no touchdowns scored. But he is averaging 30.3 years per kickoff return with a long of 80. The Redskins will have to hope that Kai Forbath is able to pound the ball high in the air and deep in the end zone on Sunday.

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Stat of the day

—The Bears are tied for second in the NFL with 17 takeaways (9 interceptions, 8 fumble recoveries). The Redskins have eight takeaways (3 INT, 5 fumbles) 23rd in the league.


—Days until: Bears @ Redskins 4; Redskins @ Broncos 11; Chargers @ Redskins 18

—Today’s schedule: Player availability 11:15; Practice 1:00 (open to media for first 30 minutes); Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III news conferences after practice (approx. 3:00), available streaming on                                           

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  1. polofourme - Oct 16, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    IMO we lose this game to CHI at home. CHI is just the kind of team we simply do not match up well with..they have a running game and a passing game. They have a guy named Hester who could have a career day against us Sunday. WASs D played a bit better but not enough for me to suggest the D has finally turned the corner. IMO Cutler has a great day passing against our secondary. Our O, well, TOs and poor play continue to haunt the team. Griffin is a shadow of his prior self…sure he broke off a few runs against DAL but none of those runs hurt DAL. He still seems awkward in the pocket. His passing mechanics are not improving. His WRs drop a lot of pass’s. Morris is working as hard as ever but he is not having the same success he had last year, I blame that on the OL and the fact teams are not concerned about Griffin as a threat to run. So WAS falls to 1-5 on the road to a disastrous season hopefully leading the termination this hc and his son…turn the page. This team needs to be rebuilt by a coach who knows what he is doing. Back to smash mouth football both on the O and the D.

    • Rich Tandler - Oct 16, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      No fresh material, polo? Redskins are gonna lose, Griffin stinks, fire the coach. Copy and paste the next day. *Yawn*

      • hailyeah1 - Oct 16, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        yeah Rich thats polo ,same old same old never happy.
        now the bears game is winable Dallas really didn’t stop us on offense last week,those special teams goofs did us in.A 17 point lead swing is hard to over come if they stopped those goofs and forbath made the fg the score may have been 19 -17 with different outcome..
        On the other hand, on offensive weapons the bears have to deal with Griffin ,Morris,Garcon,Hankerson, helu and reed ,the bears defense isn’;t all that special and ours seems to getting better.
        they need to get the special teams not to over play on returns and stay in their coverage lanes to keep hester in check .We should win this game at home.

      • clp5150 - Oct 16, 2013 at 11:47 AM


        Thanks for pointing him out. Like I said before, Polo used to post quite a bit on the blog for and was eventually kicked off for trolling after he ran the majority of the bloggers away (although I think he uses a different screen name now). He trolled on every other fan’s post and people just got sick of it. I don’t want to go to a blog and constantly read a bunch of negative crap from some wannabe analyst. The other blog turned into a daily argument with this idiot and people got sick of it. He has hated Shannahan from day one and the rest of the coaching staff. He bashed RGIII from day one (including last year); the team could win a superbowl and this guy wouldn’t be satisfied. I truly have never understood how a person can dislike so many things about a team and consider themselves a fan. I noticed he has been posting on other sites as well with the same consistent negativity.

        • hailyeah1 - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:19 PM

          yeah clp5150,
          we had well over 300 + posters on the old format but barely 20+ on the new one most of it was due to what you mentioned and the rest is that they may not know that extremeskins is now has merged it in with their other forums.

          now back to the bears game ,
          like i mentioned above this game is winable just they need to make sure they don’t give up those big kick returns ,their defense can’t handle our offense so win should win.

        • polofourme - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:37 PM

          That is a gross lie…the reason why so many left that site was due to the fact that there was a group of posters, including me but also a large number of posters that violated the so called rules of the site…there was obscenities, personnel attacks, vile and contemptuous posts..I certainly made a few but ONLY in response to being attacked. I held views that were not popular but are being played out this year. I defended myself from those vicious attacks and got right down in the gutter with the rest of them..that sire was not moderated. The vast majority of posters on that site were worse than me…all I ever asked was an opportunity to post my views…but I wasn’t going to sit back and turn the other cheek…that’s exactly what happened. And your post is a complete lie.

      • polofourme - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Well I actually wish there was something better to saw the game against DAL, unless I missed something I believe my posts above is accurate. And IMO CHI is a better team than DAL and if that’s accurate, then why would you or anyone expect WAS to beat them. This is a weak roster with few if any play makers on either side of the ball. Are you really happy with the way our team is playing? Do you see the kind of improvement that makes you think this team is finally going to get its act together? Its more than just a weak roster, its coaching. How bad does it have to get on STs before that coach is sent packing. And have you noticed how poorly this team is managing the clock? You tell me, does Griffin look totally lost in the pocket. He doesn’t seem to have a clue how to play there. Our OL is getting beat every game…why, well you tell it because we have OL lining up against DL that outweigh them by 20 or 30 lbs…even third string DL as DAL had on the field….look if there was something in the team play that gave me a sense they were heading in the right direction, I would love to see it..tell me, do you see any of that…and do you actually think we are going to be CHI on Sunday..then DEN. This team could very easily be 1-6 in two weeks and you think that’s a good thing?

  2. gsa703 - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    CHI has outscored CIN by 3, MIN by 1, PIT by 17, and NYG by 6. Lost to DET and NO by 8.

    They are not a lock to beat WAS, unless WAS beats WAS. Look for the team with the most field goals to win this one, assuming that no punt returns go all the way. Archives

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