Thanks in part to a great day by running back Roy Helu, the Washington Redskins were able to narrowly beat the Chicago Bears a home, 45-41. Roy Helu had 11 carries for 41 yards, and three touchdowns, including the game-winner with 45 seconds left to play in the contest.
Helu had runs of 14, 3, and 3, all for touchdowns. Rookie Jordan Reed also had quite the performance, catching nine balls for 134 passes, and one touchdown. RGIII was 18/29 for 298 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
For the Bears, the game played out a little differently than expected. On second thought, it played out very differently. Early on, quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a groin injury that prevented him from returning. According to the Associated Press,
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler injured his groin while being sacked in the second quarter against the Washington Redskins on Sunday, and he was ruled out for the rest of the game.
Cutler stayed down on the ground for a few minutes, and clutched at the top of his left leg after he was tackled by 333-pound nose tackle Chris Baker with about 10 minutes left in the first half.
Filling in for Cutler for the rest of the game was back up Josh McGown. Mind you, this was McGown’s first appearance in an NFL regular season game since 2011.
He didn’t do so bad for his first time playing in the regular season in two years. McGown threw 14/20 passes for 204 yards, and had one touchdown pass and no interceptions.
A lot of the workload for the Bears was handled by running back Matt Forte, who had 16 carries for 91 yards and three touchdowns.
The game was neck and neck the whole game, and really did come down to the last drive, which determined the winners.
Up next for the 4-2 Bears will be Green Bay, on Monday night football. The Redskins travel to Denver for next week’s match up against Peyton Manning and the Broncos.