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The Bears are what we thought they were. Redskins did not let them off the hook.

Roy Helu, Jr., Redskins vs. Bears, 2013

Hog Heaven won't say the Redskins are back. It feels like they are in a deep hole even though they trail the Cowboys by one game for the division lead. But winning a shootout against a respectable team provides both hope and evidence that Washington is still improving.

"The Bears are what we thought they were. If you are going to crown them, Crown their A$$, BUT THE BEARS ARE WHAT WE THOUGHT THEN WERE…." ~ Dennis Green

The Redskins did not let them off the hook.  

Nothing shows progression better than the Redskins' last drive. The Bears had just assumed a 41-38 lead after a six-play drive in which Washington's defense allowed four successive first downs.

The Redskins took possession on their 20 and closed the gap on a 12-play drive aided by a five yard penalty on the Bears.

Seven of those plays were passes, two of which went to Robert Griffin III's new BFF Jordan Reed. Reed had 35 yards on the drive again teasing us with his big play potential. Five plays were rushes, four of them by Roy Helu Jr. who ran for the go ahead touchdown.

And I only hoped for a tying field goal! 

The takeaways from Bears vs. Redskins:

1) Robert Griffin III looked close to his 2012 form.

2) Thus, the Redskins are close to their 2012 formula of outscoring opponents to mask weaknesses everywhere on the team, including coaching.

 3) Fred Davis isn't missed. Apparently he isn't needed either.

See the drive chart at the end of this story.

Not your everyday rival

NFL pioneers George Preston Marshall and George Halas were frienemies during their lifetime. The Bears don't come to mind when you think of Redskins rivals, nor would Redskins for Bears fans. But Chicago is one of Washington's oldest rivalries dating to the 1932 season. That game on October 30 ended in a 7-all tie. They haven't tied since.

 After yesterday's win, the Redskins lead the series 24-23-1.

The Bears old and rich football tradition includes the NFL's second-best original fight song. We're feeling magnanimous in victory, so Hog Heaven posts a video of Bear Down, Chicago Bears.

Still a first place schedule

Division champions for the first-place schedule the following year. The Redskins' schedule gets tougher from here although not from the teams we expected.

The Broncos are next up. A win in Denver would be a real bellwether for how the Redskins stand.

The Falcons, Giants and Vikings are not the powerhouses we thought they were. The Chargers and Chiefs are better than we imagined.

Kansas City Chiefs fan

This guy is a Kansas City Chiefs fan.

Speaking of the Chiefs, the NFL and self-appointed Oneida Indian leader  spokesman  casino manager Ray Halbritter are supposed to meet so that the league can pretend concern for the Redskins team name. I propose they meet in the parking lot of FedEx Field, Sunday, December 8, when the Chiefs visit the Redskins.

I double-dare them to walk among the fans as they malign the names of both teams.
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Here's the drive chart of Washington's game-winning drive.

1st and 10 at WSH 20

R.Helu left end to WAS 20 for no gain (J.Bostic). PENALTY on CHI-S.Paea, Defensive Holding, 5 yards, enforced at WAS 20.

 

 

1st and 10 at WSH 25

(Shotgun) R.Griffin pass short middle to J.Reed to CHI 49 for 26 yards (M.Wright).

 

 

1st and 10 at CHI 49

(No Huddle, Shotgun) R.Helu left end to CHI 43 for 6 yards (Z.Bowman; B.Costanzo).

 

 

2nd and 4 at CHI 43

(No Huddle, Shotgun) R.Helu right tackle to CHI 44 for -1 yards (L.Cohen).

 

 

3rd and 5 at CHI 44

(Shotgun) R.Griffin pass short right to P.Garcon to CHI 37 for 7 yards (T.Jennings).

 

 

1st and 10 at CHI 37

R.Griffin pass incomplete short left to L.Hankerson (Z.Bowman).

 

 

2nd and 10 at CHI 37

(Shotgun) R.Griffin pass short right to P.Garcon pushed ob at CHI 28 for 9 yards (T.Jennings).

 

 

3rd and 1 at CHI 28

(Shotgun) A.Morris left guard to CHI 19 for 9 yards (C.Conte).

 

 

1st and 10 at CHI 19

(Shotgun) R.Griffin pass short left to P.Garcon to CHI 13 for 6 yards (Z.Bowman).

 

 

 

Timeout #1 by WAS at 01:03.

 

 

2nd and 4 at CHI 13

(Shotgun) R.Griffin pass incomplete short middle to S.Moss.

 

 

3rd and 4 at CHI 13

(Shotgun) R.Griffin pass short middle to J.Reed to CHI 3 for 10 yards (C.Conte).

 

 

 

Timeout #2 by CHI at 00:49.

 

 

1st and 3 at CHI 3

(Shotgun) R.Helu left tackle for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

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Anthony Brown

About Anthony Brown

Lifelong Redskins fan and blogger about football and life since 2004. Joined MVN's Hog Heaven blog in 2005 and then moved Redskins Hog Heaven to Bolguin Network. Believes that the course of a season is pre-ordained by management decisions made during the offseason. Can occasionally be found on the This Given Sunday blog and he does guest posts.

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