Redskins Outlast Bears 45-41 in Shootout
- Updated: October 21, 2013
Landover, MD - The Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears scored a total of 86 points between the two teams and put on quite a show for the 83,147 fans in attendance. Roy Helu scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with just 45 seconds left to put the Redskins up for good. Washington improves to 2-4, while the Bears drop to 4-3 with the loss.
Jay Cutler suffered what appeared to be a groin injury early on in the game and did not return. Josh McCown came in and and threw for 204 yards and a touchdown. He played a very impressive game and depending on the severity of Cutler’s injury, could be called upon to play another game. Matt Forte had a huge game rushing for 91 yards on just 16 carries, while also scoring three touchdowns. Forte has been one of the most consistent running backs in the NFL to this point in the season. Alshon Jeffery led the way in receiving for Chicago with four receptions for 105 yards, while Brandon Marshall chipped in with six catches for 75 yards.
Robert Griffin III had a very solid game once again this week, passing for 298 yards and two touchdowns, and rushing for 84 yards on 11 attempts as well. Griffin did throw an interception, but put up great numbers outside of that one turnover. Alfred Morris had a very nice game as well, rushing for 95 yards on 19 attempts. Roy Helu put up a huge game as well, scoring three touchdowns on the ground and rushing for 41 yards on 11 attempts. Jordan Reed led the Redskins in receiving with nine catches for 134 yards in a touchdown, while Aldrick Robinson caught a touchdown as well while catching two passes for 75 yards.
Overall, the Bears are in a bit of a rough patch. Losing this game to the struggling Redskins hurts them in the NFC North where the Packers are beginning to come into their own. Washington is trying to make a comeback in the NFC East, but has a very long way to go to catch up to the Dallas Cowboys. The good thing for the Redskins is that RGIII is beginning to play like himself from before the ACL injury. If he’s able to continue to play at the level he has been, they do have a chance to make a run a playoff spot.
Evan Massey is an Editor at Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.