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Redskins' playoff hopes still alive after comfortable win over Bears

Redskins' playoff hopes still alive after comfortable win over Bears

CHICAGO—The Redskins came into Soldier Field in desperate need of a win and they played like it. They jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, intercepted Bears quarterback Matt Barkley five times, and rolled over the Bears by a score of 41-21.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins bounced back for a shaky performance last Monday night against the Panthers. He completed 18 of 29 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for two scores.

Perhaps not coincidentally, the Redskins ran the ball well, picking up 208 yards on the ground. It was their best game running the ball in since they rushed for 230 yards in their Week 6 win over the Eagles.

DeSean Jackson was Cousins’ favorite target in the first half with five receptions for 114 yards. He left the game early in the third quarter with a jaw injury and did not return. Check back here for updates on Jackson’s status.

Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland had two interceptions each and Will Blackmon had the other one. The Redskins got 13 points off of the turnovers.

At 8-6-1, the Redskins will still be alive in the playoff race going into next Sunday’s game against the Giants at FedEx Field. They will need help but after today’s game they are very much in the picture.

Injury Updates:

RB Rob Kelley left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury. His return was announced as questionable. He returned to the game in the third quarter.

CB Bashaud Breeland left the game with an ankle injury in the third quarter. His return was announced as questionable. He returned to the game later in the third.

WR DeSean Jackson left the game in the third quarter with a jaw injury. His return was announced as questionable.

S Donte Whitner left the game in the fourth quarter with a quad injury.

Scoring drives:  

First quarter           

Thompson 7 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 8 plays, 65 yards, 3:35

Drive summary: The Redskins got moving on their second possession with Rob Kelly runs of five and eight yards and then Kirk Cousins passes to Pierre Garçon for 16 and DeSean Jackson for 21 got a first down in the red zone at the Chicago 15. On third and two at the seven Chris Thompson popped up the middle and into the end zone for the score.

Redskins 7, Bears 0 7:43

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Thompson 17 pass from Cousins (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:25

Drive summary: The Redskins got started with a Cousins pass over the middle to Jackson. The receiver tucked in and raced for 57 yards to the Chicago 18. On third and nine at the 17 Cousins flipped a screen pass to Thompson and he followed his blocking and ran into the end zone.

Redskins 14, Bears 0 0:57

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Second quarter      

FG Hopkins 29

Drive: 9 plays, 88 yards. 4:40

Drive summary: The Redskins started in a hole at their own one yard line after a Bashaud Breeland interception but they got out of it quickly with a pass from Cousins to Garçon for 45 yards. A few plays later on third and one Cousins went deep to Garçon for 46 yards to the Chicago 16. On third and seven, Cousins’ pass to Jackson was short of the sticks and Hopkins came in to extend the Redskins’ lead.

Redskins 17, Bears 0 10:07

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Langford 1 run (Barth kick)

Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:47

Drive summary: The Bears converted a third and seven with a nine-yard pass from Barkley to Alshon Jeffery to start the drive. On the next play Jordan Howard ran for 13 yards and then 15 more were tacked on for a horse collar tackle. That got the Bears a first down in Redskins territory at the 35. On third and eight at the 33 Barkley fired to Cameron Meredith over the middle for 32 yards to the one. On the next play Jeremy Langford powered up the middle for the touchdown.

Redskins 17, Bears 7  6:20

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Cousins 9 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 9 plays, 91 yards, 4:39

Drive summary: The Redskins got a couple of third and long conversions of their own to jump-start this drive. On third and 10 from the nine, Cousins went over the middle to Jackson for 29 yards. A few plays later on third and 11 Jackson drew a pass interference flag that move the ball into Bears territory at the 35. Two Kelley runs gained a total of 11 yards for another first down. Then Kelley found room up the middle for 15 yards for a first and goal at the nine. On the next play Cousins ran a read option around right end for the touchdown.

Redskins 24, Bears 7

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Meredith 21 pass from Barkley (Barth kick)

Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:07

Drive summary: The Bears got a quick drive after getting possession in the last two minutes. Barkley went deep to Jeffery for 37 yards to the Redskins 21. On the next play Barkley found Meredith open in the corner of the end zone for the touchdown.

Redskins 24, Bears 14 0:34

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Third quarter               

Cousins 1 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 13 plays, 55 yards, 6:37

Drive summary: The Redskins got good field position at their own 45 after a Josh Norman interception. On third and six, Cousins scrambled for eight yards and a first down at the Chicago 43. On third and one, Kelley fought for a yard and was awarded the first down after a measurement. A few plays later on third and five at the 28 Cousins scrambled around in the pocket and found Vernon Davis near the sideline for 13 yards and a first down at the 15. On third and two at the seven, Kelley was stuffed for no gain but a hands to the face penalty gave the Redskins a first and goal at the three. Two plays later Cousins snuck in for the touchdown.

Redskins 31, Bears 14

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Fourth quarter

FG Hopkins 20

Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards, 1:43

Drive summary: Will Blackmon got the Redskins’ fourth interception of the game and returned it 79 yards to the Chicago nine. On third and goal at the one Cousins threw incomplete and Hopkins came in and kicked the short field goal.

Redskins 34, Bears 14

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Thompson 3 pass from Barkley (Barth

Drive: 11 plays, 85 yards, 5:05

Drive summary: The Bears got a late, window dressing scoring drive, using Jordan Howard’s running and Barkley’s passing to a first down at the Redskins 33. Barkley the went to Meredith for 17 yards and then to Jeffery for 14 yards to the three. On the next play Barkley went to Deonte Thompson for the score.

Redskins 34, Bears 21 1:21

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Brown 61 run (Hopkins kick)

Drive: 3 plays, 67 yards, 0:24

Drive summary: The Redskins were just trying to run out the clock when Mack Brown went up the middle, burst into daylight, and motored 61 yards into the end zone.

Redskins 41, Bears 21 0:57

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Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

Former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens joins Giants staff

What a difference a year makes for Freddie Kitchens.

After a tumultuous season in his first year as the Browns head coach in 2019, Kitchens was fired at the end of the season. On Monday, reports surfaced that Kitchens would be joining new Giants head coach Joe Judge's staff in New York.

According to The Athletic's Bruce Feldman, Kitchens is expected to be hired as the Giants tight ends coach.

From head coach to position coach in just a month's time, that's quite the fall off for Kitchens.

Kitchens and Judge had previously worked together at Mississippi State in 2005. Kitchens served as the Bulldogs' running backs coach, while Judge was just starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant.

The two have not crossed paths since, but obviously maintained a relationship strong enough for Judge to bring the former head coach onto his staff.

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Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Dwayne Haskins reflects on bond with Kobe Bryant from pre-draft workouts

Terrible news hit America on Sunday when word came out that basketball legend Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter and seven others. 

A tragic event for a man and a player that made an impact far beyond basketball. Bryant was known for many things, but more than any, it might have been his competitive spirit. A five-time NBA champion and an 18-time All-Star, Bryant's play was defined by a fluid game and an unstoppable spirit. 

For Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, he got to see some of Bryant's spirit up close. Last year, before the NFL Draft, Haskins trained at Bryant's gym in Los Angeles, and their encounters made an impression on the signal-caller. 

"He's definitely a guy that brings a lot to the table as far as how he trains, how he prepares and what he expects out of his teammates. Very, very demanding," Haskins said of Bryant. "I want to be able to have that other tool, being able to have that edge that Kobe had. Of course, I play like that, but I'd be able to lead like that. That's why I studied Kobe."

Haskins is one of many young athletes that grew up watching Bryant, and for plenty, idolizing Bryant. 

After the news broke Sunday, Haskins reacted on Twitter.

Haskins said it well: RIP to a legend. Gone too soon. 

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