Redskins vs. Bears checklist
The victory against the Bears was an ugly one, but the Redskins came away with the win in a hostile environment and are once again above the .500 mark for the season. Here's what they had to do to win this game, so let's see how it turned out:
Run the ball. yes Ryan Torain was able to break 100 yards rushing for the 2nd straight week, and this 100-yard game came against a legitimate Bears defense.
Pass protect: yes/no I thought Jamal Brown and Trent Williams did a pretty good job of protecting, rendering Julius Peppers ineffective. But the guards looked weak and the whole offensive line did not do well against stunts and secondary blitzes. But all in all Donovan McNabb was able to pass well enough to break 200 yards passing.
Convert 3rd downs: No Look no further for the most telling stat of the day -- the Redskins were 2 out of 13 (15 percent) on 3rd downs. This is an unbelievable stat, It's amazing that the Redskins were able to win the game only converting two third downs. They must improve for the second half of the season.
Protect the ball: No They turned the ball over way too many times. They fumbled six times, and amazingly only lost one. McNabb was intercepted twice -- one for a touchdown. It would have been two times if not for a pre-snap penalty.
Stop the run: yes Matt Forte was quiet all day and was not able to reach 100 yards rushing.
Get the pass rush going: yes This by far was the Redskins' most impressive day pressuring the QB. Albert Haynesworth finally showed the player that Redskins fans were so excited about when he signed here. Brian Orakpo is starting to figure out how to defeat blockers that hold; he had two sacks on the day.
Force Jay Cutler into mistakes: yes As the game wore on, the amount of pressure generated by the Redskins made Cutler so uncomfortable that he did what he normally does when he's jittery, throw INT's.
Force turnovers: yes We finally saw what makes the 3-4 defense so special. It generates pressure on the quarterback and creates the opportunity to cause fumbles and interceptions.
Special teams must stop Devin Hester: yes Hunter Smith did exactly what he needed to do and that was to directional kick the ball so Hester would have no chance of a return.
Cover well: yes Coverage teams did a fine job especially on kickoffs.
Make FG's: no This is turning into a major concern. This was another game where Graham Gano missed a makeable FG.
These were my keys to the game and how I felt the Redskins fared, but what were your keys and how did they play in your opinion?
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