The Washington Redskins are hanging on in there, as this 41-21 win over the Bears keeps the play off dreams alive as we head into the final week of the regular season. As ever, Christian Burt goes Skin Deep and 3 & out…
Flawless Kirk shines against his boyhood Bears
After the Monday Night Football failure, Kirk Cousins again showed that determination that has become a trademark to match his ‘You Like That’ call to arms. This was KC back into Captain mode, with his play extension standing out as the most obvious signal of measurable progress since being named the Redskins starter in 2015. 18 from 29 completion, a thrown TD, a sneak D and two rushing TDs. Wooooeeee KC!
Patience has to be preached at the QB position, and the unfortunate Bears have had a season to forget in the toughest position in sports. The woe in Chicago reached levels of true despair, with it now likely their first draft pick of 2017 shall be a QB.
Matt Barkley threw five turkeys into the Washington backfield – two presents for Bashaud Breeland and Josh Norman apiece, and a delightful gift to allow a 79 yard run from Will Blackmon. Seasons greetings indeed, with my personal favourite the throw into triple coverage.
Injured Redskins Safety DeAngelo Hall tweeted he was home with his family and almost caught an INT too. OK, there’s a touch of playground bully about Washington vs mediocre opponents, but to echo Nelson from The Simpsons – ha ha!
My in-game tweets are nearly always rumbled, and with limited early doors pressure from Preston Smith again, there was plenty of frustration being vented towards Preston who can appear, on occasion, less than determined to get to a QB. With the bit between his teeth, however, #94 can come alive and for the second year running this happened to be against the Bears.
Those long arms blocked a 20 yard FG attempt after a decent Chicago drive, and subsequently Smith got himself a sack and strong pressure on Barkley resulting in one of the five INT.
Breeland has also stepped it up in recent weeks, with the potential of a 2017 move to Safety – could the Redskins be set for a decent number of years ahead with a fiery backfield of Norman-Cravens-Breeland-Fuller?
Can the Skins walk tall against the Giants?
All season this Washington roster has had a recurring pattern of silencing the critics, only to then have a Carolina performance and leave themselves wide open like a WR against the Browns. There was no obvious fatigue on show despite this Chicago match-up coming fast on the heels of the MNF loss, and hopefully this demonstrated that the Skins aren’t ready to break just yet.
The walking wounded increased, however, with the 100 yard speed kills DeSean Jackson suffering a jaw injury. I’m guessing that DJax will be back for the Giants game, even if not back in 2017 given it’ll be his last major pay day.
A shame as KC is starting to hit Jackson regularly with the deep ball – and even when he doesn’t connect, Jackson in his career has enough pass interference calls go his way I’m surprised his flag stats aren’t in the HOF.
It’ll be a formidable DEF that Washington will face at the FedEx for the final game of the regular season and there is no margin for error. The Redskins first and foremost have to rack up the Win vs Manning, Beckham & co and then hope for some Dallas love at Detroit. A Cowboys win and it’s in the burgundy and gold hands. Don’t let the ball slip!
A Game Ball for…
This could go to nearly anyone on the Redskins team, but Brandon Scherff, who is heading to the Pro Bowl, was immense along the O-Line and gets my vote.