Things were different Saturday, as the Bears kept Griffin on the move. Redskins left tackle Trent Williams was back in the lineup after suffering a bruised foot during the Buffalo game. But right guard Chris Chester was sidelined by a sprained ankle. The team’s would-be starter at right tackle, Jammal Brown, hasn’t practiced or played in a game since aggravating a hip injury on the day before training camp began, and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger is expected to miss the entire preseason after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
The Redskins punted on each of their first two possessions. Their third drive resulted in Griffin losing a fumble on a sack by Bears defensive end Israel Idonije. Chicago’s other defensive end, Julius Peppers, recovered the ball at Washington’s 8-yard line to set up the second of Bush’s two touchdowns.
The Post Sports Live crew talks about initial impressions from the Redskins’ 7-6 win over Buffalo and look ahead to Saturday night’s game in Chicago, with an eye on the patchwork offensive line and kicking competition.
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The Redskins’ defense couldn’t be particularly faulted for that touchdown. But it had its struggles earlier on the Bears’ opening drive of the night. Cutler completed 4 of 5 passes for 81 yards on that possession. The drive began with wide receiver Brandon Marshall sprinting past Redskins cornerback Cedric Griffin and catching Cutler’s throw for a 41-yard gain. Cutler had a 20-yard completion to Marshall later in the drive, and connected with rookie wide receiver Alshon Jeffery on a 16-yard pass to set up Bush’s one-yard touchdown.
“I wish we could have done a little bit better today,” Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander told the team’s radio network in a sideline interview during the game. “We gave up, what, 14 points, 17 points? That’s just uncalled for.”
The Bears added a 45-yard field goal by Gould early in the second quarter. Rackers’s field goal and the punt return by Banks, who is competing for a roster spot at wide receiver, pulled the Redskins to within 17-10.
But Campbell, the former Redskins starter, led the Bears to Gould’s 28-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first half, and Chicago’s Lorenzo Booker scored a 105-yard touchdown on the opening kickoff of the second half.
Rackers, vying for the Redskins’ kicking job with incumbent Graham Gano, missed a 54-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter. Cousins threw a five-yard touchdown pass to tight end Niles Paul early in the fourth quarter.