Perhaps Derrick Rose should take note of the Bears’ locker room in regards to handling an interview with some humility.
Or, perhaps, the Bears defense is simply telling the truth as a result of their obviously depleted state.
“I don’t know, that second half, that burst was there,” Bears linebacker Lance Briggs said of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s performance against the Cowboys last week. “That burst looked pretty good. Don’t be deceived. Don’t be deceived at all. He’s playing better and better each week. Watching him in that second half against Dallas, I saw him pull away from some guys running the ball.”
If nothing else, the Griffin and the Redkins are due for a big offensive performance. The 1-4 ‘Skins started 3-6 a year ago, but wound up reeling off seven unlikely victories en route to a playoff berth. With Griffin recovering from ACL surgery, it feels like only a matter of time before the talented sophomore begins to find his stride.
And lately, the Bears’ defense is to offensive players as Dr. Phil is to a struggling mental patient. The best form of therapy.
Pierre “Frenchy” Thomas rumbled for two scores two weeks ago. Brandon Jacobs looked like his old self, which is, well…. Just old, at this point. But he still rushed for 100 yards in the battle for tallest midget between the Giants dreadful offensive line and the Bears severely wounded defensive line.
What does Alfred Morris have in store for the beloved? Or better yet, perhaps Mike Shanahan decided to unleash RG3’s scrambling ability this week?
“I caught a little bit of him the other night and I thought he looked like the Griffin of old in terms of his ability to run and the confidence level he had,” Bears head coach Marc Trestman said. “I think he’s very close to being back to where he was a year ago. This is a team that is averaging close to 400 yards a game, and they are running the football well.
Don’t misunderstand. The Redskins aren’t world beaters, by any means. The Bears should win this game, because while Chicago doesn’t exactly have a well rounded roster at this point, the Redskins’ group might as well be a square. Griffin is talented, but they essentially gave away two drafts to acquire him.
The ‘Skins likely won’t have an answer for Matt Forte, just as other superior teams in the league haven’t. Brian Orakpo and the rest of Washington’s pass rush is a strong point for an otherwise weak defense, but just remember. These guys made Michael Vick look like Johnny Manziel playing against SMU week one. The Bears passing game has a favorable matchup.
And a big, juicy bye week to look forward to.
For the Bears’s sake, let’s hope this isn’t a trap game. Whether or not you believe in ths curse of the trap game, the Bears showed last Thursday night that they are capable of losing to the Redskins away from Soldier Field.
Still, this is a game the Monsters of the Midway should win.
Just as long as Jay Cutler’s most targeted receiver isn’t DeAngelo Hall, once again.