Bears vs. Redskins Recap
I just got back from Vegas and a heavy weekend of NFL football. Here's the recap of the Bears game.
Bears lose 9-7 against the Redskins. The offense looked mediocre against a very stout defense. Both Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson failed to take control of the game by being able to get solid yardage on first and second down. The Bears threw the ball much more than expected with 28 pass attempts versus only 18 rushing attempts. Orton turned the ball over twice with a fumble and an interception. Both turnovers came at bad times with the interception stopping a good drive into Redskin territory and the fumble ending the game. However, overall I think Orton looked fairly good for a rookie QB in his first game. The bigger concern is the inability to run the ball.
On defense the Bears were a bit of Jekyl and Hyde. They kept the skins out of the endzone while recorded 3 sacks and 1 interception. However, they continued to give up the big plays that resulted in the three redskin fieldgoals. They were burned mostly on play action and on draw plays up the gut. If the Bears are unable to hold the center of the line then teams will continue to attack us up the middle and negate the great team speed of the Bears defense. The secondary looked solid all day giving up only two big pass plays, both of which could have been attributed to the pass rush not doing its job.
Look for the Bears to improve as the season progresses. They are a very young team that is developing talent on offense this year. They should match up much better against Detroit next week.
Luckily for this reporter, the Bears were getting 5 points in the contest and even though they lost the game they made me money!