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WAS-CHI: First Quarter Thoughts

Posted by Andrew Walker on August 18, 2012 – 8:51 pm

(AP photo)

The second preseason game of the 2012 season got off to a promising first couple of plays for the Washington Redskins.

But from there, the Chicago defense clamped down on Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Washington offense.

Meanwhile, the Bears’ offense — namely quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall — didn’t have much trouble against the Redskins’ defense on their first drive, going 82 yards in six plays en route to a touchdown.

On the Redskins’ first drive from scrimmage, rookie running back Alfred Morris — who got the start for Washington — bounced off several Bears defenders for a 21-yard rush. On the next play, Morris got a six-yard scamper.

But that was it for Washington’s offense that drive. On his first passing attempt, Griffin III was chased out of the pocket and was hit as he threw out of bounds. A holding penalty on rookie offensive lineman Adam Gettis on the play didn’t make things better, leading to a 17-yard penalty.

On 2nd and 21, Griffin scrambled out of bounds for a 2-yard loss. Second-year running back Evan Royster managed a 13-yard carry on the next play, but the Redskins were forced to punt.

The Bears’ and their passing attack, meanwhile, had no problems on their first drive. Cutler found Marshall for a 41-yard deep ball on their first play. Three plays later, Cutler again found Marshall — this time on the other sideline — for a 20-yard pass and catch.

On the very next play, Cutler found Alshon Jeffery across the middle for 16 yards, putting the ball at the Redskins’ 1-yard line, leading to a 1-yard touchdown run from running back Michael Bush and, after the extra point, giving the Bears a quick 7-0 lead.

Griffin III and the Redskins’ passing offense got cooking a little better on their second drive, getting the ball to the Bears’ 49-yard line. But on 3rd and 2, Griffin rolled out and found tight end Niles Paul wide open on a swing route, but Paul dropped the pass, leading to a Sav Rocca punt.

On the Bears’ next drive, Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo — a 2-time Pro Bowler — appeared to injure his left shoulder while attempting to tackle Bears’ wide receiver Devin Hester in the open field. Orakpo will not return for the rest of the game.

Things didn’t get better for the Redskins on their next drive. On the first play, Griffin III fumbled while attempting a pass and the Bears recovered at the Redskins’ 8-yard line, leading to another touchdown run by Bush. On the play, another Redskins defender went down to injury: safety Brandon Meriweather. His status was not known at the end of the quarter.

The first quarter couldn’t have gone much worse for the Redskins. Let’s see if things pick up for the team in the second period as the Bears lead the Redskins, 14-0.

CHIME IN: What were your thoughts about tonight’s first quarter? Feel free to comment below.

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3 Responses to “WAS-CHI: First Quarter Thoughts”

  1. By Kevin Finch on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    I hate the mustard pants. The burgundy looked much better.

  2. By burnt on Aug 18, 2012 | Reply

    rg3 eeep Oline eeep 2ndary eeep

  3. By Al Moser on Aug 20, 2012 | Reply

    Defensive backfield disorganized and unable to stick with first team receivers. Special teams lacked discipline and cannot tackle worth a @#*. This was not a good start. Without vast improvement the Skins will not win more than 4 to 6 games.

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