Week 7 is upon us and the Chicago Bears head to our nation’s capital to take on the Washington Redskins. The government shutdown may be over, but I’m not sure the anemic 1-4 Redskins have gotten the memo.
RGIII took the league by storm as a rookie in 2012. His run/pass threat kept many a defensive coordinator up nights trying to figure out how to stop him. Add in surpise running back Alfred Morris and the Redskins were good enough to lead the NFL in rushing with over 169 yards per game. If the Bears want a chance in hell to get out of DC with a win, they must contain Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris.
RGIII famously tore up his knee late last season and in Adrian Peterson-like manner, he came back for the start of the 2013 season. But Griffin has been pretty tentative, using the first few games to help get his legs under him. His rushing for the first 4 weeks totaled just 72 yards. After a Week 5 bye, he busted out for 77 yards. I don’t know if that has to do with gaining some confidence or if there is more of a scheme change and designed runs, but he will test the Bears.
Interestingly enough, rookie linebacker Jon Bostic will be getting his first regular season start in place of the injured DJ Williams. Bostic might be speedy and athletic enough to try to keep up with RGIII and spy him. You’ll remember Urlacher often spied the likes of Michael Vick, so this could be an early view to how Bostic might compare to Urlacher in terms of his speed and pursuit ability.