By any means necessary - Redskins 17 Bears 14
By Evan Bliss
The walkway to the U.S. Capitol Rotunda should be renamed ‘DeAngelo Hall’. Intercepting Jay Cutler four times tying an NFL record, bringing one back for a pick-six, and leading the defense in tackles (7), is more than enough to give DeAngelo Hall my player of the game award. I’d be shocked and appalled if the NFL doesn’t do the same. After seven weeks of NFL grinding, the Redskins have already matched last year’s win total (4), and find themselves in good standing in the turbulent and just plain whacked-out NFC.
As much as I’d like to criticize and harp on the obvious and usual suspects, I’m finding it hard to get too down on the burgundy and gold. For as frustrating as their last-placed defense and inconsistent, and at times non-existent offense have been, they are still finding ways to win games.
My greatest compliments to the Redskins’ defense and coordinator Jim Haslett. Shanahan wanted a defense that forced turnovers. It looked like he gave us a defense that just gave up yards, but they turned in their best performance of the season on Sunday. Cutler is not a terrible quarterback, but the Skins D definitely made him look like the league’s worst. Constantly under pressure, Cutler could only debate taking the sack or forcing bad throws, both of which were capitalized on by a Skins unit that foamed at the mouth.
Welcome back Albert, for as much as people have hated on you all offseason and demanded your trade or release (!?!?), deep down was a guy we all knew could kick some arse. And some arse did he kick, stopping Cutler on a goal line plunge, coming up with a massive sack for a 10 yard loss, making some key third down tackles for loss, and producing a game filled with pressure and domination.
Getting better every week, right? That’s what gets teams into the playoffs I’ve heard. So while the defense took a major step forward, the offense took a major step backward. The only bright spot again being unheralded running back Ryan Torain who turned in his second 100-yard rushing game in as many weeks. It’s not all on McNabb. Two dropped passes at the beginning of the game by Armstrong’s temporary flash of alligator arms, and Cooley’s don’t hit me in the head moment are sure ways to hurt tempo and rhythm. But McNabb’s a seasoned vet and is expected to recover. McNabb’s offense rallied to score zero points off five turnovers, the only turnover points coming from Hall’s 92-yard run. McNabb did throw three touchdown passes, one to Moss, and two to D.J. Moore of the Bears. Luckily Moore’s second pick-six of the day was called back due to the play clock expiring.
In the end, McNabb is winning games. I could care less what his passer rating is as long as the Redskins can manage to outscore their opponents. Can they keep winning with subpar offensive performances? If yes, fantastic. If no, I’ll worry more about it then.
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| October 25, 2010; 4:18 PM ET
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