Let’s take a closer look at the opponent:
Washington Redskins (1-4)
The Redskins are slumping compared to the team that made the 2012 playoffs last season. A big part of their slow start is the slow start of quarterback Robert Griffin III. RGIII is coming off offseason knee surgery after tearing up his knee in the postseason. He’s suffering from a similar slow start as a lot of his fellow read/option QB’s like Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson to a certain extent. The difference for the Niners and Seahawks respectively? The teams around them are much better; the Redskins are not.
On offense, the Redskins are a run first team. They try to get 2012 6th round surprise Alfred Morris going when Griffin isn’t tucking and running himself. Their receivers don’t really scare you too much. Pierre Garcon is probably the most capable, with Santana Moss’ best day behind him. Be on the lookout for up and coming rookie tight end Jordan Reed. He could create some mismatch problems in the Bears secondary. The Redskins’ offensive line is nothing to write home about, so the Bears hobbled defensive line could have a chance to recover a bit.
Despite their poor record, the Redskins rank 5th in total offense, so they’ve been moving the ball. Their problem has been turning over the ball, where they rank 21st in the league at -1.
On the other side of the ball, the Redskins actually have a decent pass rush, keyed by Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo, but their pass defense is vulnerable. They’re ranked 24th against the pass and 27th against the run, so the Bears offense should have good success if they can protect the ball. DeAngelo Hall will be looking to top his 4 INT performance the last time he face Jay Cutler.