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Five keys to Redskins-Bears–Can they trust Forbath?

Oct 18, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

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Five game keys plus a Bears-Redskins prediction:

1. The Redskins need to be very afraid of kick returner Devin Hester but the numbers suggest that the Bears’ special teams may be slowing him down themselves. Yes, Hester is averaging over 30 yards per return but he hasn’t been impressive in the “what have you done lately” department. In the Bears’ first two games Hester returned six kickoffs and averaged 46.6 yards a pop. Since then he has 13 kickoff returns and an average of a more pedestrian 22.7 per return. The Bears have been hit hard with injuries and, as often happens in the NFL, the effects have trickled down to their special teams.

2. It was good to see Robert Griffin III running well and picking up some big chunks of yardage against the Cowboys and the Redskins hope he will keep it up on Sunday against Chicago. However, Griffin having a big day on the ground is not necessarily a key to victory. The game in Dallas marked the eighth time in his career that Griffin has rushed for 60 yards or more. The Redskins’ record in those games is 4-4.

3. The Redskins have only run up the middle 19 times this year but those runs have been productive plays. They average 9.6 yards per play when going up the gut. Coincidentally, there have been 19 rushing plays up the middle against the Bears’ defense this year. Chicago has give up an average of 5.7 yards on those plays, 28th in the NFL. Sending Alfred Morris into the middle of the line really isn’t the Redskins’ style but they might find that area to be a fertile hunting ground on Sunday. Perhaps they could give Darrel Young a few carries on quick hitters in the middle as well.

4. DeAngelo Hall was not covering Dez Bryant exclusively Sunday night just like he wasn’t on Calvin Johnson every play during the Lions game. But he was the guy who was primarily responsible for containing Johnson (7 rec., 115 yds., 1 TD) and shutting down Bryant (5/36/0). It will be the same situation with Hall on Monday when he will cover Brandon Marshall most of the time. If Hall again comes up big then the game may come down to how well Josh Wilson, David Amerson (assuming he plays) and the rest of the secondary do against wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, tight end Martellus Bennett, and running back Matt Forte.

5. It’s probably too early to really worry about Kai Forbath, especially after he set such a high standard for himself last year by making his first 17 field goal attempts. But since then, going back to the 2012 season finale, he has hit on just three of six. Perhaps it’s not fair to be too hard on him for a 49-yard miss in Dallas; that’s about a 50-50 shot. But his miss in the season opener was from 40 and he missed his last attempt of 2012 against Dallas from 37. Again, it’s not panic time over Forbath just yet. But are you going to be able to watch if he lines up for, say, a 44-yarder with the game on line?

I think that Forbath will line up for that field goal with the outcome of a back-and-forth contest on the line. Does he make it?

Redskins 31, Bears 30

  1. tcril - Oct 18, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Keys to game in reference to trusting Forbath. I believe it is utmost critical that on every, I mean EVERY kick off that it is a touch back. He must kick it out of the end zone to guarantee no return by Hester. Get it, Got it, good it!!!

  2. tcril - Oct 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Hy what abot that dub offense. Shannys’ should consider using that formation play calling to compliment the read-optin to have a really good chance to win this game

  3. diyhandymantony - Oct 18, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Forbaths’ leg is not strong enuf to kick touch backs.

  4. rahwayhomey - Oct 19, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    I think season riding on this home game. NFC, at home, RGIII now 6th game in, looking better each game, it’s our chance to get on a victory roll. I think J Jenkins & Rob Jackson have helped depth, Amerson starting is important & I’m hoping Orakpo & Kerrigan can get to Cutler. Cutler can beat you w/ time in pocket. Not sure when Orakpo can have a break out game. He needs this, Skins need this, & for a #1 pick, it’s time to be a difference maker on the field. Like to see more screen passes to Helu or A Morris. Not sure why K Shanahan doesn’t call many sceens, as this would equalize the blitz quickly which our OL desperately needs. RGIII’s been runnin for his life right when he drops back. Maybe some RGIII roll outs like last yr too. Time to get this W!

    • polofourme - Oct 19, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Look I know everyone in WAS loves Griffin, well maybe not everyone but most fans do…and they give him the benefit of the doubt because they want the team to win and we cant win without Griffin playing to the level he did last year. But I am asking you a straight up question, yes there has been marginal improvement in Griffins ability to run but his passing is still problematic. Everyone I read says he his playing better each week yes maybe on the margins but not enough to win a game. Its been slow at best and his TOs arent going down and his passing stats are well behind where he was last year and yes he broke a couple of runs against DAL but none of those runs hurt DAL and hes not been a threat that teams focus on…they don’t see him as the threat he was last years and they focus on stopping the running game and you see how that has been successful. I frankly don’t see the big improvement you and others seem to see in here and IMO what you see now is what you get. A guy struggling in the pocket, with poor technique, who has lost at least a half step to a step…just enough to diminish his threat to run. Maybe I am wrong but I simply don’t see the improvement in his play…are we just all in a state of wishful thinking and not being honest to ourselves because that’s what we want to see?

      • Rich Tandler - Oct 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Maybe some are not being honest on the positive side but you’re not being honest on the negative side. You’re engaged in wishful thinking that your prediction that he’ll be a bust will come true. As I’ve said before, if you don’t think he was much, much better against Dallas than he was against Philly, I don’t know what games you’re watching.

        And, oh, I almost forgot:

        *Yawn*

        No new material?

        • polofourme - Oct 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

          That is the problem yawn…there is no new material, I didn’t say he had not improved at all only that it had been not enough to win a game and on the margins and only in his running. He is no better in the pocket, his throws are way off target overthrowing and under throwing his recievers. He looks completely lost in the pocket some of which is due to his poor play and some of it do to a weak OL that cant hold their blocks…he is being described by analysts as being a one read QB..that is he latches on to one receiver and simply stays with that target. His mechanics have not improved at all…IMO all you can say that between the PHIL game and DAL he is running slightly better but teams simply do not see him as a threat to run. Better against DAL he lost that game by nearly as many points as in the PHIL game..he has not lead his team to a score in the red zone and I might be wrong about this but I cant remember him leading the team to a score in the red zone all year…oh yes those FGs. So yeah, yawn, is exactly correct, its the same old same old. I can see how that might bore you….

        • Rich Tandler - Oct 19, 2013 at 4:05 PM

          Yeah, Griffin lost the game. He should have jumped off of the bench to tackle Dwayne Harris.

          Troll, troll, troll your boat . . .

  5. polofourme - Oct 19, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Again as in every week the key to the game will be can we run, control the clock and keep Cutler off the field. You can now add can STs stop one of the best return me in the NFL, in Hester. Again the D has to find away to cover….CHI has three real threats, Marshall, Jeffery and Bennett. Fletcher is going to have to find some way to stop Bennett and that’s a real mismatch with Bennett at 6’6. They can go over the middle nearly any time they want. Hall will be on Marshall and IMO Marshall will get the better of Hall for at least one TD. And CHI has Forte a guy who can run and catch the ball. IMO that’s just to much for our D. The OL again will be challenged up the middle,. Griffin will try and stay in the pocket but he is going to be doing a lot of running. If we cant get our running game going big time, then WASs chances of winning will be small. I originally thought this was a game where two pretty evenly matched teams would meet and gave WAS the win because of home field advantage…simply don’t see it that way now based on how poorly the team has played. Lose this game and WAS will be 1-6 in 8 days. Completely toast.

    • hailyeah1 - Oct 19, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      Geez ! Rich you got ole polo pegged right same old cut and paste from the old redskins.com fornat..
      being negetive and complaining ain’t gonna help ,whats that line from the movie “Kellys Heroes” always with the negetive waves “!!!.
      if it wasn’t for the special teams foul ups the game would have 19- 17 Redskins win !!!!

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