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Need to Know: Five final thoughts on Redskins vs. Bears

Dec 13, 2015, 6:50 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, December 13, the day the Washington Redskins play the Bears in Chicago.

Final thoughts on Redskins vs. Bears

CHICAGO—Final thoughts as the Redskins get set to play yet another most important game of the season.

—The weather forecast has changed from steady rain to some rain before kickoff but a dry window for the game from about 11 a.m. local time until about 3:00. It might be a bit windy but not by Chicago standards. The Redskins may or may not win but it doesn’t look like weather will be a factor.

—One reason why the Redskins didn’t allow either the Giants or the Cowboys over 100 yards rushing (33 yds. to Giants, 97 to Cowboys) is that they tackled well. In their first 10 games they averaged 9.8 missed tackles per game. Against New York and Dallas they missed six tackles combined in the two games (5 vs. NYG, 1 vs. DAL). If they can keep that up their chances of getting their first win will be greatly improved.

—I think it’s asking a lot to expect Pierre Thomas to contribute much on Sunday after signing with the Redskins on Friday. One light practice, one walkthrough, and about 48 hours to learn the terminology is just not enough to be able to do much, especially after having played just four snaps of football (for the 49ers in Week 9) all year. We could see him active since Chris Thompson will be out with the labrum injury and maybe he’ll get a few carries. But the primary running backs will be Matt Jones and Alfred Morris.

—Even when the Redskins weren’t running the ball well through the first nine games of the season they were doing well on third down, converting at a 45 percent clip. Over the last three games, however, they have been converting at 30 percent. They obviously need to revert to the efficiency they achieved during the earlier part of the season if they are going to win down the stretch.

—It’s difficult to “read” a locker room sometimes. It seemed to me and to some others that the Redskins’ hangover from their tough, late loss on Monday night lingered a little late into the week. They seemed to be a little bit distracted as they tried to hone in on the Bears. But sometimes that hangover from a loss transforms into an underdog, us against the world, against all odds type of mentality. So I’m not going to be in the business of projecting the team’s mindset today. The Redskins should be able to move the ball against the Bears bad rushing defense and so-so pass defense. If the defense plays as well as it has in the last two weeks the Redskins have a pretty good shot at avoiding what would be a 10th straight road loss, the worst such streak in team history.


Today’s schedule: Redskins @ Bears 1 p.m. FOX

Days until: Bills @ Redskins 7; Redskins @ Eagles 13; Redskins @Cowboys 21

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  1. garg8050 - Dec 13, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    Need to start quickly…say that every game, especially the road games. As long as they protect the football, i think they win by 10. Today is not the day to force the ball down the field, especially if its windy. I’d look to get Jackson and Crowder the ball on crossing routes and see if they can make someone miss, and make a big play. Jones has to pay extra close attention to ball security if its raining.

  2. sidepull - Dec 13, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Enough with negative stats and losses on the road. This road loss monkey is going to get off their backs starting today. They got the Giants jinx off their backs so now go get em Redskins. No more losing on the road streak! HTTR

    • nathan2fly - Dec 13, 2015 at 9:01 AM

      Well the bears are a bad team. So the Redskins win this game. Cousins and the team can only play good against bad teams or teams just as bad as them. But when they face the Buffalo Bills destroyed.

      • nathan2fly - Dec 13, 2015 at 9:02 AM

        They will be destroyed

        • brucefan1 - Dec 13, 2015 at 11:46 AM

          Ummm … WHO will be destroyed, now??

        • skinsgame - Dec 13, 2015 at 5:28 PM

          THEY will. Of course.

  3. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 13, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    Pressure on Catler, make him cough up a few hairballs.

  4. ET - Dec 13, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Hope you’re having a good time in my fair city, Rich. I’ll be watching the game with partisans from the other side. Hope to be surrounded by disappointed Bears fanatics.

    • brucefan1 - Dec 13, 2015 at 11:49 AM

      As close to the situation as you are up there ET, how you callin’ it?

      Good chance the Skins get a road win? What aspects of Da Bearz can the B&G exploit? (And vice-versa.)

      • brucefan1 - Dec 13, 2015 at 12:17 PM

        Hmmm … I guess that provides me with my own cue to reveal how I’M calling it.

        Actually I’m NOT; I cant see any tangible edges either way that say one team is better than the other. They both have flaws that can be exploited. In a game like this it usually come down to intangibles imho; as in, the Bears need this game to say alive, but the Skins usually bounce back from a bad performance.

        I just hope (and can only “hope”) that the right team shows up for the Redskins today … that team that plays with a sense of purpose, confidence and focus for a full 60:00.

        I don’t think they will surprise us with any new wrinkles (especially on offense — but I’ll be delighted to be proven wrong!) like the Cowboys did to them — thus catching Chi off-guard — so I gotta hope that the players have rediscovered that “players-only-meeting” mentality that helped them beat the Giants (minus the meeting, of course), and use that to find a way to make a few big plays while knocking da Bears off their game.

        But then, those are usually identified as keys to winning close matchups like this one, aren’t they?

  5. kenlinkins - Dec 13, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    With so many of the Plan “A’s” on I/R it has been hard for me to gain any kind of real good read on the Redskins this year. IMO both the O-Line run blocking and the D-Line pass rush never seemed to jell to point of being counted on in any game planning. I have been impressed with the way the new GM has been able to keep the “fighting sprit” intact over 12 games so far and wanting to put an end to “The Worst In Team History” tag (i.e. road lost in a row) should keep the young guys moving forward and trying hard. IMO the Redskins do get a road win today. IMO Chicago will use the same pressure defense (i.e. stunts, run blitz and 8 in the box when they see Compton at TE) and the Redskins will be able to go over the top for a few long gains. I have it Redskins 31 Chicago 17.

    • gasngo14 - Dec 13, 2015 at 12:18 PM

      The GM or should that be the coaching staff? for keeping the “fighting spirit” ?

      • kenlinkins - Dec 13, 2015 at 12:37 PM

        I am going to say both as the guys the new GM has brought in seem to fit a “type”, but you are correct that the coaching staff should get a big part of the credit.

  6. goback2rfk - Dec 13, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    LETS GO D. HALL! Your game to really shine.

    • brucefan1 - Dec 13, 2015 at 12:43 PM

      Guess vine that means they’re ready! ;^}

  7. hail74 - Dec 13, 2015 at 1:15 PM

    DY getting the start? Now I’m really convinced that someone on the team is on this board

  8. hail74 - Dec 13, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Murphy, is that you?

  9. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 13, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    2nd time I’ve seen Ross take one out of the end zone where I’m going “come on, dude.”

    If you can’t make it to the 20, don’t do it.

  10. hail74 - Dec 13, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Far closer than it should’ve been but I’ll take it.

    • colmac69 - Dec 13, 2015 at 4:11 PM

      Yeh…..showed some balls the day esp after up 14-0 and 21-7….cousins bounced bak again after int (bad throw)……Jones showed heart with last couple runs….

      Looks like philly gonna win tho….still in first place tho

  11. goback2rfk - Dec 13, 2015 at 4:05 PM


  12. squawonthewarpath - Dec 13, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Finally! A road win!!!

  13. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 13, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    That was F.U.G.L.Y.

    But we need it…HTTR!

  14. kenlinkins - Dec 13, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    The Redskins crossed “Road Win” off the TO DO list. Next up, two wins in a row, getting to 500% and no worst than a tie for the NFC East title with two games left to play. Can the Redskins win at home vs. Buffalo? I just do not know but it will be interesting to hear Rambo’s side of the story as to why he feels the Redskins cut him in 2014. (hint; if he was that big of a concern being on the field the Redskins should try and pick on him next week. I just hope he doesn’t have his best game vs. the Redskins). A WIN IS A WIN and right now I will let the losers review the stats! Six wins and counting!

  15. goback2rfk - Dec 13, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Carolina Panthers are already talking about sitting Cam next week since they clinched a first round bye today. Panthers may have the 2nd team in there vs. Giants next week. Really need a Giants loss on Monday night.

    • colmac69 - Dec 13, 2015 at 5:19 PM

      Why sit newton when they nd another win to clinch home field advantage assuming arizona bt eagles?can’t see then playing second team….maybe if they bt giants then u could c them resting guys

  16. colmac69 - Dec 13, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Giants lose miami/carolina……dallas lose either greenbay or jets….redskins bt bills…..

    U got giants 5-9///dallas 5-9///philly 6/8

    Redskins b 7/7…….could clinch div vs eagles….or bt dallas and hope giants bt philly

    Simple isn’t it

  17. JOHNNY B - Dec 13, 2015 at 6:26 PM

    Everything that we have talked about on this site they incorporated into the game. Two back sets,DY playing, more read option, more play action, and I can keep on going. I wonder if Gruden reads this site. Good win not pretty but good. HTTR

    • ajbus1 - Dec 13, 2015 at 9:09 PM

      I hope so!….mostly

  18. skinsgame - Dec 13, 2015 at 11:30 PM

    Another game where the officials had obvious errors and no-calls. D Hall is playing physical but he’s a lot like Meriweather with his helmet lead tackles. He is going to get hurt or hurt someone. Trent Williams had his worse game of the season. Hopefully he got it out of his system. Cousins held the ball too long several times. At least two of the sacks were on him hanging in too long.

    • skinsgame - Dec 13, 2015 at 11:42 PM

      Super hard to win in the NFL, even harder on the road. Defense played well again, in particular the linebackers. Running game looked good at times and it seems they are alternating the backs by quarters. Hail!! Archives

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