Robert Griffin III out-did himself running the football last weekend against the Dallas Cowboys, in fact he outdid himself over the course of the previous four weeks in total.
Rushing for 77 yards in Washington’s 31-16 loss to Dallas, Griffin didn’t take over the proceedings like he did so often in his brilliant rookie year, but for the first time this season he began to look like the kind of quarterback his team so desperately needs him to be.
What does all this mean for the Bears entering this Sunday’s game with Washington and RG3? Off top, it looks like the Bears defense will be facing Griffin with his confidence at a new high in 2013 and like it or not, self-assurance seems to play a big role in Griffin’s game.
There have been theories that Griffin has not gotten off to such a good start simply because he has still be favoring the knee he tore up on that awful turf at FedEx Field last winter. If Griffin now can scramble and run the read option with impunity over the inherent risks he takes while out the pocket then the Bears front seven could have their hands full very much, especially given that Griffin his still feeling his way back as a passer — there may be no choice for Washington than to run in all directions in order to win this one.
Save Us, Peanut
Charles Tillman leads the list of possible returning Bears and the hobbling-yet-still-active, all of whom participated in practice this week — a great sign. Still, there were questions as of Friday regarding whether Tillman will be available Sunday. Offsetting that news was that Stephen Paea, much needed of a return on the defensive line, has been participating fully in practice and should be in action Sunday.
Julius Peppers was also designated as a “coach’s decision” to miss practice earlier this week, sparking speculation, but coach Marc Trestman since cooled that off by stating that he was just providing Pep with a day off.
You’d want Tillman in this week’s game in particular due to him matching up with a Washington pass attack that is playing shakily, but if he has to miss this game there will at least be the silver lining of knowing that Tillman shouldn’t miss any other games after because of next week’s bye. Paea and Peppers on the other hand will and should have pressure on them to show up Sunday — all hands should be on deck for the d-line to contain RG3.
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