Charles Tillman gave the Bears an early burst with an interception of Robert Griffin III in the first quarter and returning the pick 28 yards to the Washington 10, from where the offense punched in two plays later.
But Griffin completed 18 of 29 passes for two touchdowns, 298 yards and a rating of 105.2, his best of the season. Griffin burned the Bears for five pass plays of 20 yards or longer, including two in the fourth quarter when the Bears had a chance to snatch the game away.
Tillman was lost for much of the second half with a recurring knee injury but excuses were not applicable.
“I’m a player out there; everybody else is a player out there,” said cornerback Tim Jennings. “We are all accountable. Whether [Tillman or injured linebacker Lance Briggs] were on the field or not, somebody’s got to make a play.”
Tillman and safety Chris Conte were embarrassed on a 45-yard touchdown heave from RGIII to wideout Aldrick Robinson early in the fourth quarter. Tillman stumbled with some bad footwork and turned the wrong way while Conte fell down after a bump with Robinson.
“I felt the bump,” Robinson said. “It should have been a [pass interference] but I guess the refs saw that it didn’t mess my up or anything so they didn’t call it.”
Conte, Tillman and Major Wright each had eight tackles, with Tillman also credited with two pass defenses. Zackary Bowman had the only other pass breakup by the secondary, which was tasked with dealing with a solid running game in Alfred Morris and Griffin’s pass threat, and defended neither particularly well.
“[Washington] moved the ball up and down the field,” Jennings said. “We’re not used to it, but it’s the NFL. Somebody on defense has to make a play.”
Week 7 Report Card