Kyle Fuller gave the offense and the entire team a boost, drifting back to intercept a Kirk Cousins pass in the third quarter, his second INT of the year and leading to a touchdown. But it was one of the few bright moments for the secondary against a team not among the elite passing offenses in the NFL.
Cousins completed 10 of 11 passes in the first half alone, with four different receivers catching at least one pass 12 yards or longer. Cousins finished 24-for-31 for 300 yards, only the second time this season the Bears have allowed 300 passing yards, and seven different receivers had at least one catch of at least 12 yards.
The secondary collectively failed to close on DeSean Jackson, with three defenders in the area, allowing Jackson to haul in a 29-yard throw in the third quarter to restore momentum to Washington. Defenders were virtually surrounding Jackson but failed to react to the ball for the breakup.
Fuller lost his footing and gave up a 17-yard completion to Rashad Ross, allowing a conversion on a third-and-12 in the first quarter, with Adrian Amos taking a poor angle coming on pursuit, extending the play. Amos and Fuller were beaten for a red-zone throw to Jordan Reed when the two DB’s were late passing off Reed in zone coverage, a situation compounded by poor tackling that allowed Reed to stretch the ball to the one-yard line, from where Alfred Morris scored on the next play.
Reed gutted the Bears with 120 yards on nine receptions as the Bears secondary and linebackers allowed too many soft areas in zones and failed to press receivers enough to throw off Cousins’ timing.
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Amos struggled in coverage against Reed and drew a pass-interference penalty for 32 yards in the first quarter. Fuller failed to seal the edge, closed down on a run fake and allowed Cousins outside for an easy read-option TD
Tracy Porter lost Jackson on a fly route and was called for pass interference, costing the defense 32 yards.
Sherrick McManis, pressed into service at nickel corner with Bryce Callahan inactive, allowed 19- and 14-yard completions in the fourth quarter with the defense in dire need of a stop to give the offense some field position.
Moon's Grade: D-