Chicago LE Adewale Ogunleye vs. Washington RTs Ray Brown and Kenyatta Jones
Ogunleye is a pass-rushing threat and longtime target of the Redskins before being traded from Miami to Chicago in the preseason. Brown, above, and Jones have struggled to protect Brunell's blind side (he is a left-handed thrower) and concern is growing about this side of the offensive line. Brown and Jones have taken turns starting, with mixed results. The Ravens had Brunell on the run throughout last week's game and Washington's quarterbacks have been sacked 12 times this season. If Ogunleye is allowed to wreak havoc in the backfield, the odds of the Redskins' passing game finally getting going will only get worse.
Washington WRs Laveranues Coles and Rod Gardner vs. Chicago CBs Nathan Vasher and R.W. McQuarters
The Bears lost starting corners Charles Tillman and Jerry Azumah to injuries and are particularly vulnerable at that position. Azumah is questionable with a neck injury for today's game. McQuarters, above, has performed admirably in the past but Vasher is a rookie who was selected in the fourth round and was not expected to be on the field so much so soon. Coles and Gardner have yet to play well in the same game, and this could be a game where their speed comes into play, although Brunell has not looked good throwing the long ball. The Redskins have been using many three-receiver sets in recent weeks, and by doing so today would get even more inexperienced defensive backs on the field, setting up potentially rewarding matchups for H-back Chris Cooley and wide receiver Taylor Jacobs.