DeAngelo Hall Saves The Day

DeAngelo Hall and Brian Orakpo both celebrate one of Hall's four interceptions

By Ben Linton

***My apologies on timeliness***

The Washington Redskins needed a big effort from one of their superstars on Sunday against the Chicago Bears, and they got just that. DeAngelo Hall tied an NFL-record with four interceptions in Chicago, propelling the Redskins to a 17-14 victory.

His first interception came in the 3rd quarter with the Bears driving at midfield leading 14-10. It squashed a big chance the Bears had to add to their lead, but the Redskins would give the ball right back as Donovan McNabb was intercepted by Daniel Manning two plays later. His second and best interception came the next possession as the Bears would drive all the way down to the Redskins 13 yard line. On 3rd and 7, Jay Cutler tried to connect with Johnny Knox on an out route, but Hall stepped in front and grabbed it with one hand, taking it 92-yards for a touchdown. This score put the Redskins up 17-14 and might easily be the best defensive play of the year.

Hall wasn’t done though. With 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Hall jumped a slant pattern at the Bears 13 yard line, giving Washington great field position. A penalty and a sack backed the Redskins up to 19 yard line, where Graham Gano’s 37 yard field goal hit the upright and was no good. The Bears would get one last chance with 2:24 to go, but once again Hall would slam the door shut, intercepting Jay Cutler one last time on a deep route intended for Knox. From there, the Redskins were able to drain the  rest of the clock and escape from Chicago with the win, improving to 4-3 on the year.

With all the blame this Washington defense has taken this year, they have been very good at turning opponents over. They may give up the second most yards in the league, but are ninth in points against, ninth in interceptions, ninth in sacks, and first in fumble recoveries. This is a good defense and we should expect them to continue playing this way for the rest of the year. The stats are a bit inflated right now due to the fact that the Redskins have played three of the top five offenses in league in their first seven games, so their rankings will only get better.

The Redskins hit the road to face the 1-5 Detroit Lions next week before heading into a bye. I’m sure all Redskins fans remember what happened last year, so this game should not be overlooked by any means.

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