In an NFC battle, the 1-4 Washington Redskins will try to right the ship at home against the 4-2 Chicago Bears. Two teams whose defenses are not what they were a year ago, both the Bears and Redskins will be reliant on their franchise running backs, Alfred Morris and Matt Forte. Robert Griffin III looked more like his old, mobile self last game. Is there more of that to come?
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, MD
When: October 20, 2013, 1:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket, Game Rewind
Bears Player to Watch: Jay Cutler
An obvious name I know, but Cutler has been suspect in two road games this year. Once more, the last time he faced the Redskins (a 2010 home loss), he threw four picks—all to DeAngelo Hall. Cutler has had a good year so far and the Redskins D has been gashed through the air this year, but they looked improved in last week’s loss and if the Bears fall behind, the ‘Skins secondary will be looking to feast on Cutler’s mistakes.
Redskins Player to Watch: Alfred Morris
Since losing starting tackle Henry Melton for the year, this Bears run defense has been shaky at best. They just allowed Brandon Jacobs to have a huge game, so Alfred Morris should be in for a field day. Morris is averaging an impressive 5.2 yards-per-carry on the year. He will see 25 touches in this game.
Matchup to Watch: Charles Tillman vs. Pierre Garcon
Brandon Marshall vs. Hall will be a good matchup, but Tillman on Garcon may be even more intriguing. Tillman has been fighting injuries all year, which has allowed top receivers such as A.J. Green, Antonio Brown and Calvin Johnson to have big games versus the Bears. Garcon is off to a great start and there’s no doubt RGIII will be looking his way on Sunday. It will be up to Tillman to limit Garcon’s YAC, which ranks ninth in the NFL.
The offense will rule this one, as the stars for both teams will be in for big games. The Redskins just don’t have the personnel or the turnover-forcing capability to stop Cutler, Marshall and the Bears offense. In a tight game, I expect Marshall and Forte to make big plays late, and give the Bears another close victory.
Bears 31, Redskins 27