Bears capitalize on interception, take early lead vs. Washington


The Redskins’ offense got off to a strong start Sunday vs. Chicago, but mistakes have been the story since, allowing Chicago to take a 10-3 first-quarter lead at FedEx Field.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III starred on Washington’s first drive, rushing for 23 yards off right end and connecting with tight end Jordan Reed on a 38-yard reception. However, the drive stalled, with tailback Alfred Morris’ fumbled handoff a key setback, and Washington would settle for a field goal to take a 3-0 lead a little more than three minutes into the game.

However, the Bears’ special teams and defense responded with a couple of big plays. Punter Adam Podlesh helped flip field position with a 65-yard punt downed at the Washington 1. The Redskins went three-and-out, and the Bears would take over at the Washington 47. The Bears would drive into range for a field goal to tie the game.

On Washington’s next series, Griffin was intercepted by Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, whose return set up Chicago on Washington’s 10-yard-line. Two plays later, Bears RB Matt Forte rushed off the right side for a two-yard TD, leaping over a defender on his way to the endzone in a stylish run.