The good news for the Washington Redskins in the second quarter of tonight’s preseason game against the Chicago Bears? Brandon Banks took a Bears’ punt 91 yards for a touchdown and the Redskins had two scoring drives.
The bad news? The Redskins still trail the Bears 20-10.
But the away team can certainly claim the momentum going into halftime.
The quarter was a quick one as the two teams traded field goals within the first 8 1/2 minutes.
The Bears struck first with a 45-yard field goal by Robbie Gould. The Bears started that drive from their own 39 and got to the Redskins’ 26-yard line nine plays later on a drive highlighted by an eight-yard rush by Michael Bush and a 19-yard pass-and-catch from quarterback Jay Cutler to receiver Earl Bennett.
The Redskins responded on their next drive with their first score of the game, a 28-yard field goal by Neil Rackers. The nine-play, 70-drive was highlighted by an 11-yard pass from quarterback Robert Griffin III to receiver Leonard Hankerson and a 14-yard rush by Griffin III to the Chicago 29-yard line.
After a couple three-and-outs by both teams, Banks and his super speed turned the tide when he took an Adam Podlesh punt at his own 9-yard line, utilized a block by Rob Jackson and scooted 91 yards to paydirt.
Man, is he fast. It’s the third straight preseason in which Banks returned a punt for a touchdown.
The Bears added another field goal with 3 seconds remaining in the half, a 28-yard kick by Gould. The score was set up by a 33-yard pass from former Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell to receiver Eric Weems.
It was a much better period than the first quarter for the Redskins, who trailed 14-0 after the first 15 minutes and lost two defensive starters — outside Brian Orakpo and safety Brandon Meriweather — to injury.
In the second quarter, safety DeJon Gomes also appeared to be injured, but he got up on his own power and was put back into the game after a short time.
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