The Washington Redskins came close to a late-game comeback, but fell just short to the Chicago Bears, 33-31, on Aug. 18 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill.
Here’s how the ‘Skins played against Chicago…
Last week, Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III excited fans with a stellar start in a win against the Buffalo Bills. He threw a touchdown in his second drive of the first quarter against Buffalo, then sat for the remainder of the game as watchers gushed over his potential.
But this week Griffin struggled, completing only 5-of-8 passes for 49 yards with no touchdowns scored and a fumble lost on a sack. RGIII was hit often by Chicago’s starting defense and didn’t look as comfortable or patient in the pocket like he did against. Buffalo. He was also off the mark on a few passes and led Washington to only three points scored in six offensive possessions before he was pulled for the rest of the game.
Washington’s starting defense was just as bad as they allowed Chicago star quarterback Jay Cutler to complete 7-of-13 passes for 122 yards; Cutler found a rhythm with his favorite receiver Brandon Marshall, who finished with two catches for 62 yards. Bears rookie receiver Alshon Jeffries also hooked up with Cutler for three catches and 62 yards, including a 34-yard catch. Cutler led Chicago on two scoring drives, both capped by short touchdown runs by running back Michael Bush.
Washington took an additional hit on defense, losing two starters to injuries during the game. All-Pro linebacker Brian Orakpo left the game with a shoulder injury while starting safety Brandon Meriweather hurt his knee.
A few backups who stood out…
The Skins’ backups looked a lot more impressive than the starters, especially rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins. Cousins didn’t play well at all last week against Buffalo, but he redeemed himself vs. Chicago, completing 18-of-23 passes, 78 percent of his pass attempts, for 264 yards and three fourth-quarter touchdowns. Cousins led Washington on a 21-point comeback and would have come out with the victory if it wasn’t for a 57-yard field goal converted by Chicago kicker Robbie Gould to retake the lead.
Cousins connected with three different receivers on each of his touchdowns throws to wide receivers Niles Paul, Aldrick Robinson and Dezmon Briscoe.
Former Redskins starting quarterback Jason Campbell, an African-American quarterback, surfaced at Soldiers Field as a backup for Chicago. He completed 9-of-15 passes for 141 yards.
The Redskins (1-1 overall preseason record) will play their third of four National Football League (NFL) preseason games and first home game action of 2012 on Aug, 25 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.