The Washington Redskins are having a rough night in Chicago.
The worst news is that outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, the Redskins’ best pass rusher, suffered a left shoulder injury in the first quarter. That’s particularly concerning because Orakpo had surgery on his left shoulder in January.
And the players on the Redskins’ defense who are on the field aren’t playing well. On the Bears’ first offensive series, they marched 82 yards on a six-play drive that included two passes from Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall for a total of 61 yards and ended with a one-yard touchdown run by Michael Bush. Later in the first quarter the Bears recovered a Robert Griffin III fumble deep in Redskins territory, and Bush scored his second touchdown of the night on an eight-yard run to give the Bears a 14-0 lead. Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather appeared to be shaken up on Bush’s second touchdown run.
About the only bad thing the Bears have seen was a stupid penalty from rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery. When DeAngelo Hall took a shot at Jeffery, the rookie responded by grabbing Hall’s facemask and ripping his helmet off. That wasn’t particularly smart, especially considering there was an official standing right in front of them. Hall calmly turned to the official and gestured as if to say, “Can you believe what he just did to me?” and the official threw the flag.
Jeffery’s penalty was one of the few things that has gone wrong for the Bears, while much has gone wrong for the Redskins.