The Washington Redskins are back in the NFC East picture.
After struggling heavily through the first six weeks of the season, Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III put on his best performance of the season, leading the Redskins to a 45-41 shootout win over the Chicago Bears.
Griffin looked like his old explosive self, accounting for over 380 yards of offense, including 84 on the ground. The Chicago Bears had no answer for the Washington attack, and Mike Shanahan’s offense finally looked like the team that surprised the league in 2012.
Are the Robert Griffin and the Redskins a serious threat again in the division? Absolutely.
The NFC East is as wide open as any division in football, and if the Washington offense has truly found themselves, then they’re as viable a contender as the Cowboys or Eagles. Even though the Chicago Bears are missing a couple of pieces on their defense, that’s still a very tough unit that shouldn’t play poorly enough to give up 45.
The problem for the Redskins is that their defense is still a mess. They gave up 41 points to the Bears, even though Jay Cutler was knocked out of the game in the first half. They allowed career backup Josh McCown to lead multiple scoring drives on them, and they just don’t appear to be close to an answer defensively anytime soon.
At 7-0, The Chiefs Stand Alone
Its just not fair.
Who would have thought that Kansas City would have gone nearly half of a season without once having to hear Andy Reid clear his throat and say “I’ve gotta do a better job”.
Instead, the Chiefs are 7-0. Despite having an offense that lacks any explosiveness and struggles to score more than 20 points a game, Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs are the only unbeaten team in the NFL.
It’s all about Bob Sutton’s defense. That unit just won’t stop making plays. They sealed a one-point win over the Texans by forcing a turnover from Case Keenum on the final possession of the game.
The Injury Bug Claims Many Victims
A ton of notable players suffered serious injuries over the weekend.
Sam Bradford, Reggie Wayne, Leon Hall, and Brian Cushing were all lost for the season.
Doug Martin could be lost for the season with a torn labrum.
Jeremichael Finley of the Packers suffered a scary looking neck injury, and is out for an unknown period of time.
Jay Cutler and Lance Briggs are out at least a month each.
Arian Foster left Houston’s game with a hamstring injury.
I can’t remember another weekend with so many notable names suffering significant injuries.
Around The League Quick Thoughts
- You have to be impressed once again with Doug Marrone and the Bills. With former practice squad quarterback Thad Lewis getting another start, Buffalo put together a stunning upset win over the Miami Dolphins, who were playing at home and fresh off of their bye week.
- The 49ers finally allowed Colin Kaepernick to use his legs to attack an opposing defense, and the talented athlete responded with 68 rushing yards, including a 20-yard touchdown rush. It was odd that Jim Harbaugh hadn’t allowed Kaepernick to run earlier in the season, especially when the young quarterback was going through some struggles.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t ready to throw in the terrible towel on this season just yet. The Steelers came away with a 19-16 win after a tough, physical battle with the Baltimore Ravens. Its the second win in a row for Pittsburgh, and it drops the Ravens to 3-4. If Pittsburgh wants to really get back into the playoff picture, they’ve got to be able to score more than 20 points in a game. Wins with 19 points are nice, but you can’t expect to score that little every week and continue to win.
- The Ravens have got some serious issues at 3-4. The offense has just looked brutal, with Joe Flacco chucking the ball 35-50 times a game to a weak receiving corp. Meanwhile Ray Rice and the running game remains largely ignored. That’s got to change moving forward.