Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears hits the ground after being sacked by Rocky McIntosh of the Washington Redskins at Soldier Field on October 24 2010 in Chicago Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bears Vs. Redskins Final: 17-14 Washington. Bears Lose Second Straight In Soldier Field

Sloppy second half features four DeAngelo Hall Interceptions. Bears fall to 4-3. For more, please visit Windy City Gridiron.

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Bears Vs. Redskins Quotes: 'Weird', 'Bad', 'Disappointing', 'Discouraging'

Lovie Smith’s summary:

“Sometimes you just don’t play well enough to win. Like last week, I did feel like we were ready to play our best ball; didn’t feel that way today. Even though we had some struggles early on offensively, I thought the team was ready to go. Made adjustments, got ourselves back in it offensively. Defensively, for the most part, we were playing good most of the game. Got to the second half and again we were doing some good things. You can’t turn the ball over that many times – it’s as simple as that. Injury wise, Lance Briggs tried to go but couldn’t and Edwin Williams had some tightness in his back. Those were the two injuries. Got to give the Redskins credit, they hung in there, made some plays, took the ball away at some critical times there. Even with the amount of takeaways, amount of turnovers we had, we still put ourselves in position to make a comeback in the end but we came up a little bit short. As I told the team, lot of football left to go, this one hurts; we’re disappointed. But, we got a lot of football left to go and we’ll have a few practices next week. Hopefully we will keep taking steps in terms of improvement is concerned and go from there.”

Jay Cutler on blame for the interceptions:

“All of them. I’ll take them all. I’ll have to take a look at the film. Obviously, it’s very discouraging right now. We let a game get away from us. Our defense had every right to be mad at us. We blew that game offensively. Most of that falls on my shoulders.”

DeAngelo Hall on his interceptions:

“Early on, with the first pick, (Cutler) had gotten me with a couple of hitches on the other side of the field, and I just told myself that when I read the 3-step (drop), I’m going to go and get it. I thought (Devin) Hester was running the skinny post, and he ended up running a curl – that’s why my body was a little bit awkward when I tried to lay out and get the catch. I was hoping (the Bears) wouldn’t challenge it. I felt like (the ball) was kind of moving a little bit as I hit the ground. I kind of contained myself a little bit until we ran a play on offense. Then, I was like, ‘Cool, we got it.’ There was nothing he could really do with his eyes. It was more so the play calling we were getting and the front (defensive line). The front was out there getting after guys. It started with Albert (Haynesworth). (Brian) Orakpo came out there to play football. Everybody was out there playing football. It was a total team effort. I might have came out with the picks, but those guys up front were definitely putting pressure and making him throw that ball.”

Brian Urlacher on the state of the Bears:

“We’re not where we want to be, I can tell you that. We want to improve as the season goes on, and I don’t know if we’re doing that right now. We’re making too many mistakes on both sides of the ball and we’re not progressing like we should.”

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Bears Vs. Redskins: Sports Network Game Recap

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - DeAngelo Hall had four interceptions, including one that he returned 92 yards for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown, to help the Washington Redskins take a 17-14 win over the Chicago Bears.

Donovan McNabb went 17-for-32 with 200 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions while Ryan Torain had 125 yards on 21 carries for the Redskins (4-3), who have won three of their last four games. Santana Moss finished the game with five receptions for 63 yards and a score.

Jay Cutler had a tough contest as he was picked off four times, fumbled the ball once and was sacked four times. He finished the game 26-for-40 with 281 yards and a score for the Bears (4-3), who have dropped their past two games heading into their bye week.

With Washington holding a three-point lead at the start of the fourth, Chicago got into Washington territory, but a 1st-and-10 at the 35 saw Matt Forte fumble a reception and Washington recover it at its own 25.

The Redskins then got into Chicago territory thanks to 54 yards on three carries from Torain, but he fumbled the ball on a first down play and the Bears got the ball back at their own seven-yard line.

The parade of turnovers continued as Cutler was picked off by Hall to give the Redskins a golden opportunity to add to their lead, but the team moved backwards and Graham Gano's 37-yard field goal attempt banged off the top of the left upright and stayed out with 8:07 to play.

The Bears were held to a three-and-out and had to punt the ball away, but then held the Redskins and got the ball back at their own 19 with 3:31 to play.

Cutler got the team near midfield with a pair of completions to Johnny Knox, but Hall came up with his fourth interception of the game and the Redskins killed the rest of the clock.

The first points of the game came from the Chicago defense. D.J. Moore came around the left end cleanly and had a hold of McNabb, who tried to get rid of the ball. Israel Idonije got his hands in the air and deflected the ball, with Moore coming down with it and rumbling untouched into the end zone from 54 yards out for a 7-0 lead with 6:03 left in the first.

The Redskins, though, answered with a nine-play drive that covered 72 yards and saw McNabb hit Moss in the end zone from 24 yards out to tie the game with 1:08 left in the first.

Washington took the lead with its first touch of the second quarter as Gano's 46-yard field goal with 12:09 left in the frame capped a six-play drive for a 10-7 lead.

From there the teams exchanged punts several times, but the Bears got the ball back with just over four minutes to play and marched down the field to take the lead.

The team gained five first downs on the drive and Cutler gave the club a 14-10 advantage with 24 seconds left in the half as he tossed a nine-yard score to the left corner for Knox.

Chicago started the second half with the ball and got down to the Washington one-yard line, but Cutler fumbled the ball trying to leap over the pile and the Redskins recovered.

On 2nd-and-18, McNabb tossed a pass to the left side which Moore intercepted and took into the end zone for what appeared to be his second touchdown of the game, but Washington was called for delay of game to wipe the score out and later had to punt.

The next three possession saw interceptions and the third one allowed Washington to take the lead.

Facing a 3rd-and-7 at the Washington 13, Cutler threw the ball to the right sideline and Hall came down with the ball. He then raced down the sideline untouched for 92 yards and a 17-14 score with 1:36 left in the third.

The Redskins play in Detroit next Sunday...The Bears play at Buffalo following their week off...The four interceptions by Hall tied an NFL record held by 18 other players...The nine turnovers between the two teams were the most in a game this season...The Redskins have won 10 of the past 12 games against Chicago...Washington head coach Mike Shanahan now has 150 wins in his career...Knox finished the game with six catches for 86 yards and the score.

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Bears Vs. Redskins: Turnovers Tell The Tale

When the stats come for this weekend’s NFL games, don’t be surprised to see Washington Redskins DeAngelo Hall listed among the leaders. He caught more Jay Cutler passes than most of the Bears receivers. He also ended the day in a 4-way tie with the Bears offense, the Bears defense, and the Redskins offense the for most points scored, at1 TD apiece.

After a 1st quarter where the Bears O-Line continued the poor protection that cost the team the Seahawks game, the offense seemed to start clicking on the last drive of the half.

The entire 2nd half was a litany of woes, featuring fumbles, interceptions, and poorly timed penalties. The Defense had another good outing wasted, managing to hold the Redskins to 17 points, despite 6 turnovers by the offense.

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Another Bears Turnover Leads To Missed Field Goal

Drops and interceptions abound in the 2nd half of this game, but little score changes occur.

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Bears Vs. Redskins: Forte Fumbles, Tillman gets it back

The Bears have found the running game, but can’t find the handle on the ball, as the 4th straight drive ends with a turnover. Ryan Torain was driving on the ensuing set, but got stripped with Charles Tillman recovering.

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Bears-Redskins 3rd Quarter: DeAngelo Hall Goes All The Way, 17-14 'Skins

Jay Cutler has turned the ball over in the red zone for the second time today, missing Johnny Knox. Cutler has turned the ball over in each of the last 3 possessions, including 2 in the red zone. They'll start the 4th Quarter at their own 31 yard line.

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DJ Moore Almost Goes For 2nd RD Return-Cutler Throws Int

Bears Corner DJ Moore, is among a handful of Bears having career days. He just had an interception TD return called back on a delay of game penalty called against the Redskins.

On the subsequent drive, Jay Cutler throws an interception to D’angelo Hall, nullifying great field position.

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Bears-Redskins

Jay Cutler and Earl Bennet have lit up the Redskins defense to open the 2nd half. Bennet was called down at the 1 yard line, but Lovie Smith (of course) is challenging the call.

Update : Bears lose challenge, and ball. First and goal issues still haunt the Bears who just turned the ball over at the Washington 1 yard line

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Bears-Redskins At The Half

The Bears offense ended a terrible 1st half of football, with a great drive to take the lead 14-10. Jay Cutler hit Johnny Know 3 times, including a laser in the corner of the end zone, to take the lead. Before the final drive, the offense had given up 3 sacks, and made only 1 first down all day.

The Bears defense, has held up well in the face of poor field position that had given the Skins the ball around the 40 yard line 5 times.. They were aided somewhat by Washington’s receivers, who have had trouble hanging on to the ball.

The Bears receive the opening kickoff to start the 2nd half.

Stick around, we’ll keep you updated.

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1st Quarter Over- Tied 7-7

Donovan McNabb had some receivers drop balls early, but is managing his offense well, while the Bears continue to go backwards. Haynesworth and McIntosh have both saked Cutler.

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Bears Score First- Turnover To TD; McNabb Answers Back With Santana Moss Strike

DJ Moore, caught a tipped pass behind the line of scrimmage and returned it for the first score of the game. 7-0 Bears

On The Redskins next Posession, the drive 65 yards for TD.

Notes-Mike Shanahan has no intention of kicking it towards Devin Hester.
-Anthony Edwards dropped a sure TD pass from McNabb.
-Haynesworth gets 1st sack of Cutler
-The Bears are losing the field position battle early

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Bears Vs. Redskins Preview: Notes and Nonsense

The Bears have the same O-line, they had going against Seattle. That may not seem like good news, given the amount of sacks given up last week, but it’s actually the best news Bears fans can get right now. The Bears line has changed 4 times in the last 6 games, a near catastrophe for a unit that thrives on consistency.

The Bears line has given up so many sacks this season, that even Albert Haynesworth is happy for a change.

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Bears Vs. Redskins: Briggs Back, Wright Out

With kickoff less thahn an hour away, you’re invited to stay right here for updates, scores, and highlights.

It’s around 60 degrees and it could be wet and wild in Soldier Field today. All the more reason for Mike Martz to add some running plays to the attack. The Bears face one of the lowest ranked defenses in football today, so if they can’t protect the qb and put up some numbers today, the second half of the season is going to be long, hard slough.

Lance Briggs, listed as questionable will be available today however S Major Wright will not play.

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Bears Vs. Redskins: Sports Network Game Preview

(Sports Network) – Both the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins underwent extensive offseason changes in an attempt to restore themselves back into contenders. Six weeks into this 2010 campaign, and it’s still hard to tell just how close each has come towards achieving its goals.

These two unpredictable teams, both of which will be vying to rebound from frustrating home losses, square off this Sunday at Soldier Field in a matchup that should provide a good measuring stick for both.

Although the Bears currently stand atop the challenging NFC North, they’ve lost two of three games since a very encouraging 3-0 start and had a few trouble areas exposed over that tough stretch. Most of the problems have come on a revamped offense that’s displayed a glaring weakness in both running the football and protecting the quarterback.

Chicago has surrendered an NFL-high 27 sacks over the first six games and ranks 26th in the league in rushing, and those two shortcomings have made for an awfully difficult time for quarterback Jay Cutler. The strong-armed field general has been taken to the turf a startling 15 times over his past two starts, with Seattle coming up with six sacks in last Sunday’s 23-20 triumph over the Bears.

A shell-shocked Cutler completed just 17-of-39 passes in that game as Chicago had a three-game home winning streak dating back to last season halted.

The Bears were able to pile up 218 rushing yards in a 23-6 win at hapless Carolina in Week 6, a contest in which Cutler sat out due to a concussion, but managed just 61 yards on the ground against the Seahawks. It’s the fourth time this season that Chicago has ran for 77 yards or less.

Washington comes in with a 3-3 record that could just as easily be 5-1, or even 0-6 for that matter. All but one of the Redskins’ games have been decided by six points or less, and four have had the outcome hanging in the balance until the final play.

The Redskins have been able to be competitive in spite of a shaky defense that’s given up a league-worst 432.5 total yards per game thus far. Washington was gashed for 469 yards by the high-powered Indianapolis Colts a week ago, but was able to hang around by forcing three turnovers before eventually falling by a 27-24 score to the reigning AFC champions.

Washington, which has been outgained in every game this year, is still just a half-game back of the New York Giants and Philadelphia in the tightly-bunched NFC East and can match its entire victory total of its forgettable 2009 season with a win on Sunday.

Quarterback Donovan McNabb has played a part in the Redskins’ resurgence, with the decorated veteran averaging better than 260 passing yards in his first season with the Burgundy and Gold. The Chicago native sports a 4-1 career record when playing in his home city, and guided the Philadelphia Eagles to a 24-20 win at Soldier Field last November by throwing for 244 yards and two touchdowns on 23-of-32 passing.

SERIES HISTORY

The Bears lead the all-time regular season series with Washington, which dates back to 1932, by a 20-18-1 count, but the Redskins have won the last three matchups between the storied franchises. The most recent encounter took place during Week 14 of the 2007 season, with Washington claiming a 24-16 home victory behind 224 yards and two touchdowns from backup quarterback and current Bear Todd Collins in relief of injured then-starter Jason Campbell. Chicago last defeated the Redskins in 2003, and last prevailed in the nation’s capital in 2001.

The clubs have a storied history against one another in the postseason, with Washington holding a 4-3 playoff edge. The teams met for the NFL Championship four times between 1937 and 1943, with each claiming two crowns. The Bears’ 73-0 win in D.C. following the 1940 season has taken on legendary status in NFL annals. Chicago also won a 1984 NFC Divisional Playoff on the road, while Washington came into Soldier Field in 1986 and 1987 and won Divisional Playoff contests.

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is 1-2 all-time against the Bears, with all of those games coming during his 14-year tenure with Denver from 1995-2008. Chicago’s Lovie Smith is 0-3 versus Washington for his career, but won his only head-to-head meeting with Shanahan via a 37-34 overtime verdict over the Broncos at Soldier Field in 2007.

WHEN THE REDSKINS HAVE THE BALL

Washington has been more pass-oriented during the early stages of the Shanahan era and enters Sunday’s tilt ranked ninth in the league with an average of 244.2 yards per game through the air. Like his team, McNabb (1561 passing yards, 5 TD, 5 INT) has been somewhat up-and-down in directing the offense, with the six-time Pro Bowler having completed a mediocre 58.1 percent of his attempts and throwing just five touchdown passes in six games. He has been able to develop a strong rapport with top receiver Santana Moss (37 receptions, 485 yards, 1 TD), however, as the proven wideout is on pace for a 1,300-yard season, while former practice squad member Anthony Armstrong (12 receptions, 1 TD) and 38-year-old Joey Galloway (8 receptions) are averaging better than 17 yards a catch as the deep threats. Tight end Chris Cooley (28 receptions, 2 TD), the Redskins’ second-leading receiver, left last week’s loss with a concussion but is expected to be fine for Sunday’s test. Running back Clinton Portis won’t play for a third straight week as he recovers from a separated groin muscle, but replacement Ryan Torain (256 rushing yards, 3 TD, 5 receptions) showed he can fill the void by establishing career bests with 100 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries against the Colts.

The Redskins figure to be tested by a stout and opportunistic Chicago defense that has yielded the third-fewest points in the NFL (16.2 ppg) and produced three takeaways in four of the team’s six outings. The Bears have been especially tough against the run, holding the opposition to a mere 80 rushing yards per game (3rd overall) and 3.5 yards per attempt, and are led by two of the league’s premier linebackers in middle man Brian Urlacher (41 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT) and weakside starter Lance Briggs (33 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT). Briggs missed last Sunday’s loss due to a sprained ankle, but returned to practice this week and appears on track to play. End Julius Peppers (13 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT), Chicago’s prized free-agent pickup during the spring, has made an impact in both stopping the run and pressuring the passer, as his ability to draw double teams has enabled counterpart Israel Idonije (17 tackles) to register a team-best 3 1/2 sacks over the past three weeks. The Bears stand fourth overall in pass efficiency defense, with a secondary headed by veteran cornerback Charles Tillman (33 tackles, 2 INT, 8 PD) and strong safety Danieal Manning (33 tackles, 4 PD) having permitted only three touchdown passes thus far.

WHEN THE BEARS HAVE THE BALL

The installation of passing guru Mike Martz as coordinator has yet to pay big dividends for a Chicago offense that’s put up the fourth-fewest yards in the league (285.0 ypg) and converted an awful 17.6 percent of third-down attempts. The absence of a consistent running game has put the team into plenty of long down and distance situations, and Cutler (1202 passing yards, 6 TD, 3 INT) has almost gotten killed as a result. The former Bronco also hasn’t gotten much help from a suspect cast of wide receivers, though sophomore Johnny Knox (18 receptions, 392 yards) is coming off a five-catch, 120-yard performance against the Seahawks, as running back Matt Forte (311 rushing yards, 21 receptions, 6 total TD) and tight end Greg Olsen (15 receptions, 2 TD) have been the most reliable targets. A shaky front line that’s already had four different starting combinations has struggled in both pass protection and opening holes for Forte, who mustered a paltry 11 rushing yards on eight attempts in the Seattle game after going off for 166 yards and a pair of scores in the previous week’s win at Carolina. Left guard Roberto Garza will sit out a second straight game while recovering from a knee procedure, with disappointing former first-round pick Chris Williams again taking his place.

The Redskins have been extremely aggressive on defense under new coordinator Jim Haslett, and expect the team to be coming after Cutler from all angles to exploit Chicago’s protection issues. Washington possesses a pair of dangerous edge rushers in outside linebackers Brian Orakpo (19 tackles, 5 sacks) and Andre Carter (17 tackles, 1 sack), and two-time All-Pro lineman Albert Haynesworth (6 tackles) is capable of bringing additional heat in his anticipated return from a two-game absence to deal with a family death. Inside linebacker Rocky McIntosh (46 tackles, 1 sacks) is also expected back from a concussion that rendered him inactive last week, which should help tighten a leaky run defense that’s given up 327 yards over the past two games. He’ll line up alongside veteran ironman London Fletcher (60 tackles, 1.5 sacks), who’s coming off a 14-tackle display against the Colts, with leading stopper LaRon Landry (63 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT) lending further support from his strong safety spot. The Redskins will need to get to Cutler on Sunday, as a secondary that’s allowed 298.2 passing yards per game (31st overall) can be susceptible to the big play.

FANTASY FOCUS

Chicago’s reliance on the pass and Washington’s vulnerability to defending it makes Cutler an appealing option at quarterback this week. McNabb’s not a bad choice either, as the Redskins could be forced to air it out as well due to the Bears’ strength in stopping the run. Moss and Cooley are every-week starters as McNabb’s clear-cut top two targets, but the rest of Washington’s receiving corps is too inconsistent to count on. It would be difficult to sit Torain after such a good last game, but don’t expect a repeat of his Week 6 numbers. Forte should be entrenched in weekly lineups after reaching elite fantasy status in Martz’s offense, and Bears kicker Robbie Gould (12-for-14 on FG’s) is a solid play as well. As for the Chicago receivers, Knox is a high risk/high reward alternative and special-teams whiz Devin Hester (13 receptions, 1 TD) should only be used in leagues that reward return yardage. You can make a case for either defense here, as the Bears have been stingy all year long and the Redskins will have an opportunity to rack up some sacks.

OVERALL ANALYSIS

While it’s hard to know what to expect from these two fickle teams, count on this game being close as they’re pretty evenly matched. The amount of yards the Redskins have surrendered in recent weeks is a concern, but keep in mind that they’ve faced some very potent offenses over that time frame. Washington seems to get a bit of a reprieve this time around, as the Bears have had major difficulties in running the ball, moving the chains and keeping their quarterbacks upright. Chicago has been able to overcome those problems due to a defense that has a knack for forcing turnovers, but the Redskins don’t usually beat themselves with mistakes.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Redskins 20, Bears 16

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Bears Vs. Redskins Saturday Notebook: Briggs Determined To Play

Injury Updates: Despite being listed as questionable, linebacker Lance Briggs has vowed he’ll be ready to play Sunday against the Washington Redskins. He was held to limited participation Friday, along with fellow LB Brian Urlacher who is recovering from a groin muscle strain. Urlacher also apparently has a sprained thumb, that was taped up for practice.

S Major Wright is also listed as questionable for Sunday, but is unlikely to play.

CB Zack Bowman and G Roberto Garza are listed as doubtful.

Redskins TE Chris Cooley and FB MIke Sellers are both expected to play.

Dirty Dozen? : The league levied fines against another dozen players Friday, bringing the week 7 total to 15. All but 2 (Philly QB Kevin Kolb and Viking WR Bernard Berrian) were on defensive players.

Read NFL.com’s perfectly reasonable explanation here:New Suspensions

These developments should be cause for concern to any football fans, whose teams rely on a strong defense. Although many players have said this new initiative would not effect the way they approach their jobs, the league is clearly taking a hard line. More fines are a certainty, and the prospect for the first suspension to be given under the new rules seems only a matter of time.

Barry’s Turn: Though he only joined the team this week, undrafted rookie free agent defensive end Barry Turner will be on the 53 man roster this Sunday. It’s likely that Turner will see some action on passing downs. Turner had 17 career sacks as a Nebraska Cornhusker.

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Bears Vs. Redskins: Behind Enemy Lines -- SB Nation D.C. Radio

I was proud to represent SB Nation Chicago today, talking Bears football with Scott Jackson and Ken Meringolo of SB Nation D.C. Radio.

They have a weekly show, where they talk about the Redskins. I was inviited to speak to them for a segment called, ‘Behind Enemy Lines’, where they discuss upgaming games with SB Nation staff from rival cities.

The show airs tonight @ 10:00 CDT, and again Sunday @ 6:00 A.M. and will also be podcast. You can find it here: SB Nation D.C. on 106.7 The Fan

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NFL Video Warning To Defenses Made Public

The NFLtook the unusual step of publicly releasing an ‘in-house’ rules video, sent to all the teams around the league, this week. The video, linked below, was created to clarify, and to underline, the league’s new stance on contact in the open field.

The video opens with Ray Anderson, the Vice President of Football Operations addressing players, " The following video provides examples of flagrant violations that will result in higher levels of discipline. To repeat: Players will be subjected to elevated levels of discipline, including suspension without pay. Even first-time offenders may face suspension, if circumstances dictate."

The video goes on to detail examples of ‘flagrant violations’, using clips showing the hits from last Sunday’s games that resulted in fines being levied against Pittsburgh’s James Harrison, Atlanta’s Dunta Robinsonand New England’s Brandon Meriweather.

Anderson’s narration also includes, “hard, effective hits, delivered within the rules” featuring video of Chicago BearsWR and Special Teamer Earl Bennet, laying out Seahawks punter Jon Ryan on a return in last week’s loss to Seattle.

Watch video here: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-videos/09000d5d81b80962/Player-safety

You might expect defensive players would feel an extra measure of insult, by using a wide receiver as an example of what they consider ideal tackling technique.

By releasing this video on NFL.com, the league has made a very public statement to teams around the league. We should probably expect to see a rash of fines and suspensions in the coming weeks, and lots more passes up the middle, in the following seasons.

Bears LB and Player's Representative Hunter Hillenmeyer, calls the new measures 'PR'. Are they just 'public relations? Some would say the league releasing the video publicly bears that opinion out. What are your views

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Bears Vs. Redskins: Thursday IR

The Bears went back to work Thursday, preparing for the Washington Redskins visit to Soldier Field this Sunday, at more or less full strength.

Only CB Zack Bowman (foot) and G Roberto Garza (knee) were kept out yesterday. LB Lance Briggs (ankle), LB Brian Urlacher (groin), S Danieal Manning (back), S Chris Harris (knee), and S Major Wright (hamstring), all had limited participation.

For the Redskins, RB Clinton Portis (groin) is listed as out, and is not expected to dress on Sunday. RB MIke Sellers (heel), S LaRon Landry (achilles), and TE Chris Cooley (head) all were held to limited participation.

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NFL Week 7 Capsules: Redskins At Bears

Just a quick look at the series history and to-date season stats for the Chicago Bears and their Week 7 opponent, the Washington Redskins.

SERIES

 

REDSKINS

BEARS

SERIES LEADER

 

20-18-1

STREAKS

9 of past 11

 

COACHES VS. OPP.

Shanahan: 1-2

Smith: 0-3

LAST WEEK

L 27-24 vs. Colts

L 23-20 vs. Seattle

LAST GAME

12/6/07: Bears 16 at Redskins 24. Washington QB Todd Collins passes for 224 yards, 2 TDs & 144.6 passer rating as Redskins score 10 4th-quarter points to defeat Chicago.

LAST GAME AT SITE

10/17/04: Redskins 13, Bears 10. Washington defense holds Bears' offense to 160 total yards in road win.

BROADCAST

FOX (12:00 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 152 (Was.), 123 (Chi.). XM: 105 (Chi.).

 

STATS

PASSING

McNabb: 125-215-1,516 (3C)-5-5-78.8

Cutler: 85-141-1,202-6-3-93.2

RUSHING

Torain: 61-256-4.2-3

Forté: 80-311-3.9-3

RECEIVING

Moss: 37 (2C)-485 (3C)-13.1-1

Forté (RB): 21-271-12.9-3

OFFENSE

336.8

285.2

TAKE/GIVE

+5 (T3C)

+2

DEFENSE

420.0

304.8

SACKS

Orakpo: 5

Idonije: 3.5

INTs

4 tied: 1

D. Moore, Tillman: 2

PUNTING

Smith: 45.3

Maynard: 38.8

KICKING

Gano: 47 (3C) (11/11 PAT; 12/16 FG)

Gould: 46 (10/10 PAT; 12/14 FG)

 

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Bears Vs. Redskins: Homecomings And Reunions

Take heart, Donovan McNabb. If you hear a chorus of boos when you come out of the tunnel into Soldier Field, don't get the idea that your hometown has turned on you. You're probably just standing near Rex Grossman.

Sunday will be a homecoming of sorts, for both Washington Redskin qb's, one remembered fondly, the other...Rex Grossman.

McNabb, a Chicago native who led Mt. Carmel H.S. to a state championship in 1991, is making his first appearance in Soldier Field as a Redskin. His back-up Rex Grossman, who led the Bears to the Super Bowl in 2006, will also be returning to Chicago in a Redskin uniform, for the first time.

So what does Rex expect, that Donovan doesn't?

It's hard to anticipate, but I would assume it's a boo," he said. "I don't think it should be, but you know how it is there; you never know what is going to happen. I've seen former players come in there and they've usually gotten booed. Either way, I don't care, I still love Chicago. I love the city, the tradition, the team and everything about it. I'm very proud to be a part of it."

Grossman took his share of criticism from Chicago fans and media, both fair and less fair. His up-and-down performances at the helm of the Bears offense, left fans shaken on many Sundays. And even though many fans vocally blame him for their eventual loss in the Super Bowl, to the Indianapolis Colts, he still has happy memories of his time here.

"The passion, the tradition and the whole deal is exciting to be a part of, especially when you get a good team and you're on Super Bowl run like we were, everything gets magnified. Everybody's involved, watching and paying attention, especially when you have a good team. Everything is moving along and you have a lot of expectations. It is one of the biggest football towns in the NFL."

But unlike Bears fans, his memories of the bad times he had here are, "just a blur".

A different reunion will be that of Jay Cutler and Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan. Shanahan, while the coach of the Denver Broncos, originally drafted Jay Cutler out of Vanderbilt, with the 11th pick in 2006. Like McNabb, he's also a local product, having grown up in Franklin Park.  He still believes in Jay Cutler's toughness, and he says he still roots for the Chicago Bears, just "not this weekend"

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Bears Vs. Redskins: Wed. Injury report

With a third of their games played, and their bye week still a game away, the Bears are starting to show some signs of wear and tear. Particularly on defense. Among the ‘bent, but not boken’ kept of Wedneday’s drills:
CB Zack Bowman (foot), LB Lance Briggs (ankle), LB Brian Urlacher (groin), S Chris Harris (knee), and S Danieal Manning (back).

On the offense, G Roberto Garza (knee) is still recovering from the arthroscopic surgery he had last week.

On a positive note rookie S Major Wright (hamstring) took part in limited practice.

While it looks as though a lot of defensive backs are on the IR, it’s likely Lovie Smith was just giving some veterans an extra day of rest. We’ll keep you updated on their status, as the week goes on.

For the Redskins, RB Clinton Portis (groin) has been labelled ‘out’.

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Bears Vs. Redskins: Scouting the Washington Redskins

The Bears are up for a challenge next week when they welcome the Washington Redskins to Soldier Field. The Redskins are a pass-heavy offensive team that has been porous on defense thus far. The ‘Skins added quarterback Donovan McNabb to start during the offseason and he hasn’t shined so far. He has had a few big plays, but the general consensus is that he hasn’t been playing very well lately. Their running game has been decimated by injuries. Ryan Torain, a favorite of Coach Shanahan, is the current starter. Perhaps their biggest name in the passing game is Chris Cooley, who is a very solid tight end. Starting Wide Receivers Joey Galloway and Santana Moss provide plenty of speed. Moss is fourth in the NFL in catches, with 37.The Redskins offensive line features tackles Trent Williams, a first round draft pick, and Jammal Brown, who is very good. The Redskins rank 9th in the league in passing and 25th in rushing. The Redskins defense is susceptible to passing, as proven by being ranked 31st in passing yards allowed. They aren’t much better at defending the run either, ranking 24th in the league. They do have some budding stars in LaRon Landry and Brian Orakpo. Orakpo was a rookie linebacker in the 3-4 scheme last year and has had a great year so far. Safety LaRon Landry has played up to DPOY standards. Due to our pitiful line, we could be in for a long day with their 3-4 D bringing pressure. Their special teams is nothing to fear. The Skins are only 3-3, but knocked off the Packers and only lost by 3 to the Colts in the last two weeks. If they can generate a pass rush, the game sunday could be hard to watch.

My prediction: 21-17 Bears

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Briggs In, Bowman Out For Sunday

Linebacker Lance Briggs, who missed the Seattle game with ankle troubles, is expected to suit up Sunday against the Redskins. Meanwhile cornerback Zack Bowman will miss at least one game, with a sprained right foot.

In other news, Chicago replaced unused DE Charles Grant, with DE Barry Turner a 2008 draftee, who spent some time on the practice squad. Turner has come close a couple times with the Bears, but it’s his first time on an active roster.

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Chicago Bears Vs. Washington Redskins: Countdown To Kickoff

The Bears are still in 1st place in the NFC North after a tough loss at home against the Seattle Seahawks. The Donovan McNabb-led Washington Redskins come into Soldier Field trailing the Giants and Eagles by one game in the East.

Kickoff is at noon CDT. Look here, as we keep you updated all week long, with previews, injury reports, and all the Bears news you need. And stay here during the game for updates and commentary in real time.

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