Julius Peppers was dominant early and had one of his better games of the season, leading defensive linemen with seven tackles, one for loss and was all over the field. Beyond that among defensive linemen…virtually nothing.
But Washington rushed for 209 yards in large part because the Bears could not seal the edges and get anything amounting to a pass rush on Robert Griffin III. Only Shea McClellin and Corey Wootton were credited with hits on RGIII among defensive linemen and the overall defensive effort was poor.
“The biggest thing was we’ve got to fit in our gaps,” Wootton said. “[Washington offensive linemen] try to ‘over-reach’ and what we were trying to do was attack and take up two blockers. But then there were times they weren’t over-reaching and they were coming underneath with an angle, we were out of our gaps and weren’t setting the edges. You have to be extremely disciplined or they are going to gash you.”
Washington had five drives of 70 yards or longer, most notably the one for 80 yards and the game-winning touchdown. That drive lasted 12 plays and all but 45 seconds of the final 3:57 of the game with the Bears needing a stop for the win, or at least more time for a true scoring attempt.
“The offense got a lead for us, [Washington] had to go the whole field and we didn’t get it done,” Wootton said. “Josh did a great job, coming in and scoring some points for us. It’s frustrating to have them drive the whole field on us.”
McClellin, Wootton, Peppers, David Bass and Landon Cohen each was credited with a tackle for loss. But 499 total yards started up front where there were too few stops.
“We’re just going to have to go back to work,” coach Marc Trestman said. “When you don’t play as best as you like, you go back to work.”
Week 7 Report Card