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Series History: Redskins – Bears

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 16, 2013 – 5:20 pm

Sammy Baugh drops back to pass against the Bears in 1942 (AP)

Sammy Baugh drops back to pass against the Bears in 1942 (AP)

The Chicago Bears and the Washington Redskins have a rivalry bathed in sepia, a conflict that dates back 81 years and showcased one of the most influential individual performances in NFL history.

The franchises first met on Oct. 30, 1932, when the Boston Braves, powered by NFL rushing leader Cliff Battles, fought to a 7-7 tie with the Bears, who featured fullback Bronco Nagurski.

In addition to the Packers and the Giants, the Braves would face the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Chicago Cardinals, the Staten Island Stapletons and the Portsmouth Spartans that year.

Between 1937, when the Braves moved to Washington, and 1943, the Redskins and the Bears faced off for four league championships. Each franchise won two.

On Dec. 12, 1937, rookie Sammy Baugh put forth a performance in the NFL Championship game against Chicago that would prove how potent the passing game could be in a league defined by the run. Baugh led the Redskins to a 28-21 victory by hitting 18 of 33 passes for 335 yards and 3 touchdowns.

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Player’s Turn: Robert Griffin III At The Mic

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 16, 2013 – 3:58 pm

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(AP Image)

Sunday’s game will be quarterback Robert Griffin III’s first against the Chicago Bears. Some teams have tradition with certain facets/legacies and for the Bears it’s hard-nosed defense augmented by superb linebacker play.

From Bill George to Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary to recently retired Brian Urlacher, the Bears have been blessed with some of the greatest linebackers in NFL history. Whether it’s pure coincidence or the football gods doing them a little favor, its fact that the Bears aren’t a team caught in a shootout very often.

The difference with this Bears defense and it’s predecessors though, is it’s ability to change games with touchdowns. It all starts in the secondary where the starting corners and safeties have combined for eight touchdowns in the last 22 regular season games.

Yes eight.

Having said that, they’ve only faced traditional pocket passers this season opposed to someone with the abilities of Griffin III. For those quarterbacks, they might elect to release the ball under a collapsing pocket. Griffin III, of course, has the ability to escape the pocket and extend a play.

Anyway, here are some quick hits of Griffin III’s weekly press conference courtesy the Redskins Twitter (@Redskins):

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Coach’s Turn: Mike Shanahan At The Mic

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 16, 2013 – 3:38 pm

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(AP Image)

In his coaching career, Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is 2-2 against the Chicago Bears with his last meeting against the Super Bowl XX champs best summed up like: DeAngelo Hall interception, DeAngelo Hall interception, DeAngelo Hall interception and another DeAngelo Hall interception. Tying an NFL record, Hall and a consistent pass-rush affected Cutler’s decision making to the point where the only player he could connect with was the veteran corner. By game’s end, the Redskins defense held off the Bears for a 17-14 victory.

Three years removed from that game, Hall is still the same player but Cutler has improved. Remember, Cutler was drafted by none other than Shanahan when both were in Denver. Now, Shanahan has to gameplan an effective method to stopping the talented gunslinger.

Not only that, he needs to find the very few chinks in the Bear D’s armor. And of course there’s the special teams factor too—a unit rarely receiving attention unless something very good or very bad happened. Last Sunday wasn’t so good.

After giving a quick rundown of the injuries, Shanahan started his press conference answering questions about the offense’s performance and how the passing game is/is not clicking.

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Wednesday Practice Snapshots

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 16, 2013 – 2:30 pm

Alfred Morris runs through a drill with Bobby Turner (Gabe Hiatt)

A cool, cloudy day brought ideal practice conditions for the Redskins. Here are your Wednesday practice snapshots.

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Chris ‘Mad Dog’ Russo, Peter King Talk Using Redskins Name On Sirius XM Radio

Posted by Redskins.com on October 16, 2013 – 1:56 pm

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(AP)

Chris “Mad Dog” Russo interviewed Sports Illustrated and MMQB writer Peter King on his Sirius XM radio show Tuesday. In the segment, the two sports media personalities debated King’s stance on the Redskins name.

Read more here, and listen to the full interview below.

SHARE: What are your thoughts on the interview? Share/post/Tweet your reaction using #RedskinsPride.

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How You Voted: Redskins-Cowboys

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 16, 2013 – 1:35 pm

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(AP Image)

It’s that time of the week once again where Redskins Blog fanatics get a chance to see whether or not they have a future career in the physic palm reading business.

Each week we ask you before the game to vote on which player will have the best performance, which unit will shine brightest against the opposition and who took home MVR(edskin) honors.

Last week of course, it was the hated Dallas Cowboys. It’s difficult to reminisce on a game that slipped out of the finger tips due to a few broken special teams plays (and one questionable no-call) and late turnovers. Still, there were a few performances of note. Building off the bye week, the defense was champing at the bit to subdue Tony Romo (which they did), the offense wanted to get Robert Griffin III in the flow more (rushed for a season-high 77 yards) and the team as a whole wanted to prevent a massive deficit dug in the first 15 minutes.

Anyway, here are the poll results along with how they performed in the game:

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RGIII To Wilson: ‘It’s Rick James!’

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 16, 2013 – 11:12 am

RGIII wig

At the sixth annual All-Star Survivors Celebration, Robert Griffin III and Josh Wilson showed breast cancer battlers and survivors there’s no shame in donning a wig.

The quarterback cracked up when he saw a little Rick James in Wilson. The corner said some women mistook him for Tina Turner, too. Griffin III thought his own short wig made him resemble Roger Federer.

“I don’t know how the women do it, but I got a couple laughs, and that’s what we’re here for,” Wilson said.

For a video of the two Redskins wigging out, more fun from the event and a Rick James inspired listening guide to accompany the content, click below.

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Next Man Up Mentality Continues

Posted by Stephen Czarda on October 16, 2013 – 10:12 am

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In a typical week, Tuesday is the quietest day in the National Football League. The players are required at least one day a week off from football activities and for most franchises that’s Tuesday.

Instead of focusing efforts on reviewing game film from the previous week or analyzing the tendencies of the next opponent, the players give back to the community that continually supports them–win or lose.

Why did I let you know all of this?

Well for starters, the players attended the Redskins’ sixth annual All-Star Survivors Celebration, but from the football side of things, yesterday was the busiest Tuesday of the season.

Tough might be the most befitting word when it comes to the news that long snapper Nick Sundberg and linebacker/budding special teams stalwart  Bryan Kehl were placed on IR.

It’s a rarity that long snappers get publicity past a television personality saying his name, and it’ll probably only be once that you’ll hear it, but with his play and community activism, Sundberg is one of the best known players on this team. While special teams has under-performed this season, Kehl laid down some pretty impressive hits that drew cheers from crowds—both home and away.

Anyway, after perusing through the available player list, the Redskins signed three yesterday (Jordan Pugh was waived). What do they bring to the table? Well a lot more than what the stat sheet says.

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Power Rankings Roundup: Week 7

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on October 16, 2013 – 9:39 am

(AP)

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A loss at Dallas did little to affect Washington’s status in the eyes of the national media. In a division where no team is above .500, there’s plenty of season left to move up.

At the very least, the Redskins lead the 0-6 Giants in all the national rankings. But to be fair, that’s kind of like finishing first in the fat man relay.

Let’s see what a few outlets had to say about Washington’s defense and quarterback play.

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