Posts Tagged ‘Chicago Bears


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.


Ravens Take Care Of Business; 5th In East

Heap Caught 2 of Flacco's 4 Touchdowns

By Jesse Jones

After 21 inches of snow in the Baltimore area and a 3 hour delay to the start of the game, things in Baltimore got underway at 4:15 Sunday afternoon.  The game was determined within the first 5 minutes.  Baltimore scored on their first two drives, both Joe Flacco touchdowns to Todd Heap.  Both drives were also started by Jay Cutler interceptions (who threw three on the day).

The Baltimore defense held the Chicago offense to zero points, including a goal line fourth down stop.  The forced 4 interceptions (Hanie threw one at the end of the game) and forced 2 fumbles.  Jay Cutler posted a passer rating of 7.9, yes 7.9, and Domonique Foxworth, the former Terp, picked off two passes.

Ray Rice was held without a touchdown today, but had some huge runs in the first quarter.  The rest of the game was all Joe Flacco.  After the two early touchdown strikes, Flacco found Derrick Mason and Demetrius Williams for touchdowns.  Troy Smith also got a good amount of playing time, even when Flacco was in the game.

The only negative to come out of the game was the ACL injury to Lardarius Webb, who has done a very good job filling in for Fabian Washington.  His season is most likely done.

Thanks to the Broncos’ loss to the Raiders, the Ravens are now 5th in the East at 8-6, and travel to Pittsburgh (7-7), who got help today with losses to the Jets, Dolphins, and Jaguars.  Baltimore will most likely need to win out to stay in fifth place, and possibly sixth.  Next week, the rivalry will be in full force.


Bears-Ravens Update Pt. 2

By Jesse Jones

The Chicago Bears landed at BWI Airport around 11 PM Saturday night, and will be ready for the game tomorrow in Baltimore.  Time of kickoff is still scheduled for 4:15 PM.  The game will be broadcasted on FOX with Brian Billick of all people announcing the game.


Bears-Ravens Update

By Jesse Jones

Due to the 10-20 inches of predicted snow over the weekend, which is in full effect as I type this, the game between the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens has been moved from 1:00 PM to 4:15 PM.  The three-headed monster will need to be at its A-game since the passing game will most likely be a small factor.

Standings Update

Indianapolis won in Jacksonville 35-31 last night to drop the Jaguars to 7-7.  The Ravens now hold control over their own destiny as they sit in the sixth seed with the tie-breakers and need a win against Chicago to stay there.

If Baltimore wins out and the Broncos lose atleast one game, the Ravens can jump to fifth with the tie-breaker over the Broncos when they won 30-7 earlier in the season, giving Denver their first loss.

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August 2020