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Redskins-Bears keys to victory: special teams

The Redskins special teams units had success and more consistency in last Sunday's game against the Colts. This weekend against the Bears, the kickoff and punt coverage teams will have their hands full with a return specialist by the name of Devin Hester.

I'd keep the ball away from Hester. The Bears offense is struggling to protect the quarterback, and although Chicago has a home run hitter in the running game in Matt Forte, I'm confident that the Redskins defense can have success against the run. So directional kicks and punts would seem to be in order from the Redskins on Sunday to avoid the game-changing ability of Hester.

In the return game, Brandon Banks has been showing consistency. With his explosiveness, he is exciting to watch. If he can break loose this weekend it could be the difference in the game.

As for the punt game, again, Hunter Smith will need to punt directionally -- meaning punt the ball away from Hester, preferably out of bounds.

Last week, Redskins placekicker Graham Gano missed a very makable field goal that could have been the difference in the game. Who knows what would've happened if those points had forced overtime. And again, don't have any breakdowns in blocking. This Bears team makes plays by blocking field goals, so the field goal unit has to pay special attention to the rush.

If the Redskins do these things, they will be fine. Edge: Redskins

By LaVar Arrington  | October 21, 2010; 4:43 PM ET
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