Chicago's defense looked susceptible initially, giving up a 21 yard run to Washington running back Alfred Morris. But the Bears clamped down, forcing rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III to scramble out of the pocket and fail to complete a pass on his first drive.
The Bears looked efficient offensively in response, marching down the field to take an early 7-0 lead courtesy of two big catches by Brandon Marshall that went for 41 and 20 yards respectively. Newly acquired running back Michael Bush finished off the drive with a one yard touchdown, and Jay Cutler was an efficient 4-5 for 81 yards on his first possession.
Running back Matt Forte got his first action of the preseason on Chicago's second possession and accumulated 16 yards on four carries.
Griffin III fumbled later in the quarter and the Bears took advantage, scoring on another Bush run to go up 14-0.