As has been too often the pattern, special teams committed at least one egregious mistake in the game, and in this case, more than one.
Devin Hester’s 81-yard punt return tied him with Deion Sanders for the NFL TD-return mark. That was, however, one of the only positives in a ragged game for a unit that had chances to influence the outcome on several occasions.
Eric Weems appeared to be the one who was called for offsides on a onside kick that the Bears had recovered midway through the fourth quarter. Replays left some question as to exactly what his violation was, possibly having his knee break the plane of the 35-yard line.
“[The officials] didn’t tell me anything,” Weems said. “I thought I was onside.”
Washington did not score with the return of the re-kick but games are decided by turnovers and that was a huge one lost.
Robbie Gould, who has hit 91.4 percent of field goals for his career from 30-39 yards, missed one wide-right from 34 yards in the third quarter. The result left the Bears needing a touchdown rather than a field goal for a win on the final possession. Gould converted from 47 and 49 yards but his uncharacteristic miss was costly.
Joe Anderson’s holding penalty on Washington’s first punt cost the Bears huge field position in Washington’s end of the field. Instead of the ball at about the Washington 10, the offense started from the 45 and had to settle for a 47-yard FG by Robbie Gould.
Adam Podlesh did himself no favors with a 38-yard punt in the second quarter but was able to put two inside the Washington 10 and averaged 49 yards on three kicks.
Week 7 Report Card