Bears vs. Redskins: Chicago report card

Jay Taft

Passing offense: D- Jay Cutler (26-for-40, 281 yards and a touchdown) spread the ball around to seven different receivers, including lineman Chris Williams, who hauled in a tipped ball for a 4-yard completion. However, he was sacked four times and was picked off on four of Chicago’s last six possessions.

Rushing offense: D. Chester Taylor was the bright spot, if you call 20 yards on three carries a bright spot. The Bears gained only 66 yards on the ground and failed to punch it in from the 1-yard-line yet again, losing the ball on a Cutler fumbled sneak.

Passing defense: B. Though they left the middle wide open often, the Bears did hold Donovan McNabb to 17-for-32 for 200 yards with a passer rating of 56.8. Danieal Manning and D.J. Moore had interceptions, with Moore’s returned for a touchdown. The Bears also had two sacks, but let McNabb complete a 14-yard pass on second-and-12 to run out the clock.

Rushing defense: C Ryan Torain had 125 yards on 21 carries, for a 6.0 yard average. Another week where the Bears D made an average back look like a Pro Bowler. But Washington only had four rushing first downs and was 2-for-13 on third down.

Special teams: C- No mistakes, but no highlights either. Brad Maynard averaged just 33.3 yards on seven punts, and neither return team broke off a big play.

Coaching: D- Lovie Smith lost his only challenge of the day, and then failed to challenge Cutler’s fumble at the goal line, that appeared to be a TD from the replay, and a possible dropped interception by DeAngelo Hall.

Overall: D-  This was the second straight home defeat to a struggling NFC opponent, and the Bears failed to gain any momentum heading into next week’s bye.