Redskins, Hall defeat Bears 17-14

One of the passes Cutler completed to his teammates

The Washington DeAngelo Halls, er I mean, Redskins defeated the Bears 17-14 in a loss that could have long-term ramifications for the future of the Bears franchise.

DeAngelo Hall picked off Jay Cutler 4 times, including an INT on 3 consecutive possessions – one of which was returned 92 yards for what proved to be the winning touchdown late in the 3rd quarter. Cutler also fumbled at the goalline, ruining another potential scoring drive that could have put the Bears up 21-10.

Despite the 5 turnovers, the Bears had a chance to tie or take the lead late in the 4th quarter. But the NFL’s soon-to-be Defensive Player of the Week, Hall, intercepted Jay Cutler to seal the Bears’ fate.

Before Cutler started playing pitch and catch with Hall, the offense struggled to muster a first down. But with the offense struggling, the Bears D picked up the scoring slack.

Israel Idonije tipped a Donovan McNabb pass at the line, and nickelback DJ Moore caught the ball and returned it 54 yards for a touchdown. The Bears 7-0 lead was short lived however, as Donovan McNabb responded on the ensuing drive, which ended in a 24-yard TD pass to Santana Moss.

The Redskins added a 46-yard field goal to go up 10-6. The Bears stagnant offense finally held up its end of the bargain with a 7-play, 70-yard drive that ended in a 9-yard Cutler TD pass to Johnny Knox with only 24 seconds left in the first half.

The 92-yard Hall INT for a TD was the only scoring in an error-filled second half.

The Bears maligned offensive line allowed (only) 4 sacks. And despite Lovie’s promise of re-emphasing the running game, the Bears only pounded the rock 16 times for 66 yards (4.1 ypc).

The now 4-3 Bears head into their bye week before playing the 0-6 Bills in Toronto in 2 weeks. It’ll be a long two weeks of questioning, finger-pointing and cursing for those of us in Bear Nation. Depending on the outcome of Sunday night’s Packers-Vikings game, the Bears will still hold at least a tie for the North division lead.

But at the rate they’re going – especially the Martz-led offense – that lead could disappear in a hurry.

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