We all knew Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin was due for one of these games. Had to happen sometime. The toast of DC was a forgettable 5 of 8 for 49 yards, with three sacks and a quarterback rating of 79.7, as the Chicago Bears defense rolled out a special welcome to the NFL performance for Griffin. The Redskins offense managed just three points under Griffin’s watch.
The rookie looked lost and the rest of the team appeared adrift at times in the early going. Both Brian Orakpo and Brandon Meriweather were injured in the action and did not return. The Redskins defense, in particular the secondary, appeared helpless at times to stop Jay Cutler and the Bears passing attack. Bears rookie Alshon Jeffrey lit Washington cornerback Cedric Griffin up.
On the plus side Rookie backup quarterback Kirk Cousins was impressive in relief work, notching three fourth quarter touchdowns. The Redskins actually took the lead, 31-30, before Bears kicker Robbie Gould one-ironed a 57 field goal late to seal the win for the Bears. Brandon Banks made the case for his presence on the roster a good deal more feasible with his excellent punt return for a TD. Wide receiver Aldrick Robinson was impressive in second half action as well.