Weems said he tried to slow up just before Gould kicked the ball.
Then, special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis called for a cross-field throwback by Hester to Joe Anderson at the end of the game. It resulted in a 25-yard return to the Redskins’ 38.
“One more block,” Anderson said, “and we were gone.”
7. Safeties Major Wright and Chris Conte are not playing well. The biggest issue for the defense is up front with the lack of a pass rush. That has exposed the safeties far more than they were last season. They’re not making plays on the ball and Conte really should have been called for pass interference on the 45-yard touchdown pass from Robert Griffin III to Aldrick Robinson. Griffin never should have thrown the pass. It was a prayer but it was answered when Conte and Charles Tillman couldn’t make a play on the ball.
“I felt the bump,” Robinson said. “It should have been PI but I guess the refs saw that it did not mess me up or anything so they didn’t call it.”
There have been 34 completions of 20 yards or more against the Bears, nearly five per game. There were 47 all last season and nine games (two against Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers) remain on the schedule).
8. If the NFL is going to threaten suspensions for repeat offenders when it comes to player safety rules, Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather could be in line for some strict punishment. Officials called Meriweather for illegal hits against Bears wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall. He was fined $42,000 earlier this season for a head-to-head hit on Packers running back Eddie Lacy and Marshall was pointed on the issue when I asked him about it after the game.
“Maybe he needs to get suspended or taken out of the game completely,” Marshall said.
Meriweather isn’t going to be banned but maybe a suspension will get his attention. He got fined for illegal hits when he was with the Bears and he’s a player officials are watching. We’ll see if the league gets tough with him.
9. Marquess Wilson made the first reception of his career, just a three-yard gain but evidence that he’s figuring into the mix. The Bears like the seventh-round pick and his development is one of the reasons why Emery could be hesitant to make a trade some fans have been clamoring for to get help on the defensive line. Clubs place value on late picks, even seventh-rounders, and that is why they are hesitant to flip them for half-season rentals.
I asked wide receivers coach Mike Groh if more is in store for Wilson this season.
“I have a lot of confidence in Marquess,” Groh said. “He’s locked in every day. He comes to work. For a young guy, he is wide-eyed every single day. He is focused on the attention to details of the job. He works hard. He really does. He’s got a big upside. We’re excited about Marquess.
“It is a work in progress and (playing time) will probably evolve over time. I would think there is a chance he will be involved before the season is over. It is a long season and you never know how it is going to fall. Someone could get nicked up and his role will increase or you never know, we might try to find a little role for him. He has a lot of ability and I am glad we have him.”
10. Josh McCown proved to be more trouble for the Redskins than they expected.
“We didn’t really have a great scouting report on him and we didn’t realize how mobile he was,” outside linebacker Brian Orakpo said. “That’s why he was able to make some plays early with his feet, moving around. I thought he did a great job. He did a great job as far as coming in and changing the pace of the game and really making some plays and putting Chicago back in the game.”
10 a. Redskins tight end Jordan Reed set a franchise record for a rookie at the position with nine catches for 134 yards. He looks to be a good one. Meanwhile, Martellus Bennett was limited to one catch, a seven-yard touchdown grab. The bye week will help Bennett, who has been hobbled with knee and shoulder injuries.
10 b. The Redskins converted seven of 13 third downs. That continues to be a significant problem for the Bears, who are allowing opponents to convert 44.3 percent of the time.
10 c. That is one reason why the Redskins owned an advantage in time of possession, holding the ball for 33 minutes, 56 seconds. Imagine what that figure would have been had they not gone to a good bit of hurry-up offense. That figure could have been closer to 38 minutes, easily.
10 d. The Bears will heal up this week as the next scheduled practice at Halas Hall is Oct. 28.
10 e. Bears chairman of the board George McCaskey worked his way around the stands a little before the game. He was shaking the hands of Bears fans at FedEx Field.