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If Redskins and Bears played for style points in NFL Week 7, the score would have been even lower

DeAngelo Hall has four interceptions in a victory at Soldier Field.

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By Tracee Hamilton
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, October 24, 2010; 10:53 PM

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Let's not have these two teams meet again this season. Can we agree on that? Not that there's much chance of it, but still. Professional football may not survive last week's concussion repercussions and one of the messiest displays of football to come down the pike in quite a spell.

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The Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears combined for nine turnovers Sunday at Soldier Field before Washington escaped with a 17-14 victory and, with a 4-3 record, matched its victory total from 2009.

Kyle Shanahan, Donovan McNabb and the entire Redskins offense should direct their muffin baskets to DeAngelo Hall, c/o the record books. Hall would probably love to play the Bears every week, and as long as we could just catch the highlights afterward, that would be fine.

All he did Sunday was intercept Jay Cutler four times, matching an NFL record. Cutler hasn't been picked that often since his third-grade class chose sides for dodgeball.

"We're on the verge of being a great team," Hall said afterward, but it's possible he was suffering from oxygen deprivation after he returned one of those picks 92 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Because the Redskins still have a lot of flaws on offense. Forget the two-minute warning; this game should have come with a 60-minute warning. Perhaps we should watch these games through a pinhole camera, like an eclipse.

The Redskins have played a lot of close games and they've had a lot of crazy endings. Was this game the craziest yet?

"Yeah, yeah, that is the craziest," said Anthony Armstrong, laughing and shaking his head. "It's just keeping right with what we've been doing all season. Keep it crazy and make the ratings good and people can't turn off the channel, you know. You're going to get a good, full 60 minutes of football from us."

Well, you're going to get a full 60 minutes, that's for sure. How good it is, that's another story. Other than another 100-yard game from Ryan Torain - who also had a fumble that would have proved costly in any other game but this one - the offense was very ordinary on Sunday.

That started with McNabb, who had probably his worst game as a member of the Redskins. He finished with 17 completions on 32 attempts for 200 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions, one of which was returned 54 yards for a touchdown. His quarterback rating was 56.8, which is woeful even among his previous numbers: 63.4, 119.0, 79.7, 60.2, 75.0, 67.5.

To show how unimportant those numbers are, that 119.0 came in the Week 2 loss to Houston. What McNabb has been able to do, until Sunday, is something that isn't factored into the rating formula - he finds a way to win. Sunday, he was unable to do that. If not for Hall, the Redskins would be 3-4 and heading to Detroit to face an improved Lions team that well remembers ending its 19-game losing streak last season against Washington.


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