Report Card vs. Washington

The Bears put up over 400 yards of total offense and 27 point, which yielded their highest marks of the year.

PASSING OFFENSE: B-plus -- Rex Grossman made huge strides in his second NFL start and even after throwing his first pro interception, he came back with a 59-yard TD pass to Marty Booker on the next play, victimizing Champ Bailey. That deep ball helped open up the running game for the remainder of the day. Grossman completed passes to nine different receivers and was instrumental in the Bears converting 9 of 17 third-down opportunities.

RUSHING OFFENSE: A -- Anthony Thomas got just eight carries in the first half, but he was a workhorse in the second half with 24 carries. He fini9shed with a season-best 141 yards, and the Bears totaled 191 on the ground as seldom used FB Stanley Pritchett contributed 33 yards on five carries.

PASS DEFENSE: D-plus -- After starting 0-for-6 Redskins QB Tim Hasselbeck hit 11 of 12 to finish the half with 139 yards and give Washington a 17-10 lead. WR Rod Gardner had a 36-yard TD pass to Chad Morton to give the Skins 245 passing yards, three TDs and no interceptions.

RUSH DEFENSE: A-minus -- The Achilles heel of the Bears' defense never allowed the Redskins or Rock Cartwright to get rolling on the ground. The Bears allowed just 44 rushing yards on 18 attempts (2.4-yard average), and the longest run they allowed all day was eight yards.

SPECIAL TEAMS: C -- With five seconds left in the game, PK Paul Edinger redeemed himself with a 45-yard game-winner into a difficult wind after missing from 30 and 33 yards earlier. R.W. McQuarters was outstanding on punt returns, but he had 27- and 26-yard returns diminished because of penalties, although he still had a 32-yard return and a 14-yard average.

COACHING: B-plus -- The play calling was unpredictable for a change, and a couple deep balls by Grossman early in the game opened up the running attack. Clock management on the final drive wasn't very efficient, but they still got into position for the game-winning kick.

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