Redskins-Bears keys to victory: offense
The Redskins were able to get the running game going against Indianapolis on Sunday night. But the Bears, unlike the Colts, have a strong run-stopping defense. Ryan Torain finally broke 100 yards rushing against the Colts. If he can run the same way against this Bears defense it could be the difference for the Redskins.
As always, a big reason a team wants to run the ball well is to control the clock. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is not the same caliber QB that the Redskins have been going up against in recent weeks. He's not one of the NFL's elite. If the Redskins offense can run and maintain a time of possession edge, I believe Cutler will fold under the pressure -- if the Redskins can get a lead.
The Bears have a very aggressive defensive unit. They get after teams with their pass rush. The Redskins O-line must do a better job of protecting Donovan McNabb. If he has to continue moving around the pocket as much as he has been, his accuracy will continue to suffer. Better protection will mean better results in the passing game.
The Redskins were bad on third downs against the Colts. They will need to improve on third downs.
Washington's red zone offense was more effective on Sunday night. Torain should be a big part of the success inside the red zone against a sturdy defense like the Bears.'
And last, but certainly not least, cut down on penalties. The Redskins continue to have costly penalties. That's not good. Keep the penalties to a minimum.
I believe the Redskins can have success against the Bears, but I still have to give the edge to this Chicago defense.
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