Two teams with playoff hopes on life support will battle tonight at FedEx field in Washington as the Redskins will take on the Chicago Bears. Both teams are a disappointing 5-7, and by all means the team that loses tonight will be for sure celebrating New Years with no hope of playing into January. The Redskins have already undergone one of the hardest things to deal with as they lost safety Sean Taylor November 27th after he was shot. The team played inspired last week vs the Bills, but a major brain freeze by Joe Gibbs late cost the Redskins from winning the game.
For the Bears, they looked poised to move to .500 as they were up in the fourth quarter vs the Giants, but then New York woke up and scored 14 late points to steal a 21-16 victory that puts the Bears two games under .500. The teams defense has simply not been anywhere near where it was a season ago, allowing 130.8 yards per game on the ground, and they have allowed big plays plenty of times in 2007.
The Redskins will do what they can to exploit the bad run defense with Clinton Portis, who averages 6.4 yards per carry against Chicago. Jason Campbell has been playing better as of late as well, so look for him to take some shots against the Bears and try and then use Portis in the tough yard situations. The Bears need to watch TE Chirs Cooley, who is Campbell’s favorite go-to guy.
Chicago will be led by QB Rex Grossman, and they will look to throw quite a bit as usual, as the teams run game has been a bust this year. Last week Grossman was 25-of-46 for 296 yards with a touchdown. He cannot afford to make any mistakes as the Bears simply don’t have the team this year to overcome turnovers like last year when their defense was one of the best in the league.
Look for a close game that should be entertaining between two teams that have nothing to lose at this point. The Redskins will make up for last weeks blunder by Gibbs, and should be able to earn the home win here to move to 6-7 while the Bears will drop to 5-8.