A review of four hot issues following the Washington Redskins' 45-41 win over the Chicago Bears: Robert’s return: Quarterback Robert Griffin III has been playing all season obviously but Sunday marked the first official return of Griffin pre-knee injury. He hurt Chicago running (84 yards) and throwing (298 yards). What really helped the Redskins was the ability to be balanced in their play calls and to use a large dose of play-action passes. Defenders were out of position and alleys created because of Griffin’s success. If the Redskins need him to play this well every week to win then they’ll continue to struggle because Sunday’s game will be hard to duplicate. But when Griffin gets on a roll it raises the confidence of everyone around him. Defenders talked often last year about how they knew that they had a quarterback who could bail them out. Meriweather's status: The NFL will suspend safety Brandon Meriweather. It's just a matter of how many games according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Meriweather plays with a lot of passion and an exuberance that rubs off on his teammates. He’s also been effective -- not great but OK -- in the secondary. He’s mostly a sure tackler but his hits are killing the Redskins and cost them 22 yards Sunday. They’ll cost him a lot more in his pocketbook -- and it will cost the Redskins a player for one or two games. The Redskins don’t have the depth to withstand the loss. Meriweather says he’s changed the way he hits and he probably has. And it’s difficult for defensive backs to play with his old sort of abandon anymore. But Meriweather must change; if he can’t then it’ll be difficult for a team to trust him in the future. It’ll also make it a lot tougher on his current team. Defensive inconsistency: The Redskins played terrific in the first half against Chicago and quarterback Jay Cutler. They tackled well and prevented big plays and disrupted timing. And then they went in the tank against backup quarterback Josh McCown. The game tested the Redskins' resolve and they could learn a lot about themselves. But you could feel a lot better about the overall defense had Washington not been picked apart in the second half. With Denver’s Peyton Manning and San Diego’s Philip Rivers in the next two weeks they need to do better or continue what they showed in Dallas and the first half versus Chicago.
Upon Further Review: Redskins Week 7
ESPN | Oct 21