In an absolutely wild one, the Washington Redskins hung on to beat the Chicago Bears 45-41.
It’s a season-saving win for the 2-4 Redskins, who got three TDs from running back Roy Helu. Robert Griffin III also played his best game of the year, throwing for two touchdowns and accounting for almost 400 yards of total offense.
Meanwhile for the Bears, the loss against the Redskins was far from their only loss on the day. QB Jay Cutler left the game in the second quarter and did not return after getting sacked. Reports are that it is a groin injury. Defensive stars Lance Briggs and Charles Tillman also did not finish the game. Fortunately for the Bears, they are on a bye next week.
With the Redskins leading 24-17 at halftime, the two teams basically traded touchdowns in the second half. Josh McCown played great in relief for Cutler, throwing for 204 yards and a TD and also scrambling for multiple first downs. But the star for the Bears was Matt Forte. He ran for three TDs of his own in a 16 carry, 91 yard effort.
For Washington, Helu finished off the drives, but starting RB Alfred Morris was very solid as usual, running for 95 yards on 19 carries. The Redskins running game looked like it did in the second half of last season. RGIII was successful on his several designed runs, and if Morris and Helu can continue this one-two punch, the ‘Skins will be close to unstoppable on the ground.
One positive takeaway for the Bears in this game was Devin Hester getting his first return touchdown in two years. In the second quarter, he took a punt return 81 yards to the house, tying Deion Sanders for the most total return TDs in NFL history. But the Bears main concern will be hoping Cutler can get healthy for Week 9.
Next week the Redskins will visit the Denver Broncos, while the Bears are on their bye.