On Sunday, the 4-2 Chicago Bears headed to Landover Maryland to face the Washington Redskins who have gotten off to a slow start at 1-4 but are coached by Mike Shanahan who won 2 Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos.
They also have RGIII; one of last year’s rookie quarterback sensations.
At no point did I ever think the game was going to be an easy win, but I did expect the Bears to come out on top and walk away 5-2 sending the Redskins to the bottom of their awful division and move on confidently into the bye-week up on Detroit by a half a game or at least tied for first place.
Apparently I was wrong.
I was correct when predicting a shootout of a game (this was the 2nd highest scoring game this season, just behind the Broncos-Cowboys 51-48 game a few weeks ago) but I was wrong about the final result.
I don’t remember the last time I was more worried about the defensive side of the ball more than the offense.
At the end of the game I expected to see the defense rise up and make a play; a forced fumble, an interception, a sack, pressure or even a stoop on 3rd down for crying out loud!
But it didn’t happen. The Bears lose.
In reality, the game could’ve been much worse.
In the first half, the Bears offense could not get anything going at all. They had 46 yards of offense; but, they had also scored 17 points and were only down 7 points at halftime.
In the 2nd quarter, Bears QB Jay Cutler was sacked. He was brought down at kind of a goofy angle and it looked like he had injured his hip (it turns out he has a torn muscle in his groin and is expected to be out at least 4 weeks).
This is the type of news that can devastate teams. In fact, in the last three years the Bears have taken a rather rapid nose dive when Cutler has been hurt and missed time (before anyone starts talking about Cutler being injury prone; just stop. All of his injuries have been freak incidents; a broken thumb, concussions and now a torn groin muscle; injuries happen).