The loss of Lance Briggs with a shoulder injury in the second half was a major setback to a defense that was already on its heels and unable to consistently deliver stops throughout a game allowing 499 yards and 45 points.
But injuries do not allow grading on a curve and Bears linebackers were unable to deliver more than occasional impact plays as Washington averaged nearly 5 yards per rush.
“You want to come out with a ‘W,’” said first-time starter Jonathan Bostic. “We have to make our corrections and learn from them. We’ve just got to play better all around and I’ve got to play better and make sure I do all the things I need to. It may be my first game but it’s not OK to make a mistake.”
Briggs continued to play like one of the top linebackers in the NFL, with two pass deflections and tackle for loss in the first half. He, James Anderson and first-time starter Jonathan Bostic each had eight tackles, and Anderson collected the only sack of Robert Griffin III to go with two tackles for loss and a second hit on Griffin.
“We needed to be gap-sound on him,” Bostic said. “There were times when we may have not gotten over or fitted up wrong, but when we fitted correctly, we were stopping him.”
Fellow rookie Khaseem Greene was pressed into service after Blake Costanzo, in for Briggs in the second half, suffered some cramps. Greene was flagged for a personal foul that did not result in points but the Bears lost 10 yards of field position because the Greene infraction prevented the Bears from benefiting from a Washington holding penalty.
Week 7 Report Card