Personnel Notes

Alex Brown might have played his best game as a Bear on Sunday.

Brown tipped two passes, one of which was intercepted by Jerry Azumah and returned 70 yards for the team's only touchdown. He led all Bears linemen with six tackles, including two for negative yardage, and he pressured Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell on several occasions, but the third-year player from Florida said it was hardly enough.

"I can just put it like (defensive coordinator) Ron Rivera puts it," Brown said. "We played good enough to get beat, and that's what we did today. We haven't been able to stop the run."

The Bears entered the game ranked 19th in rushing yards allowed and permitted a season-worst 218 on the ground. Still, the defense allowed just 13 points, and it would have had to give up only nine to get the victory. Brown was asked if that was a reasonable request.

"Our job is to stop them," Brown said. "All I know is that the game starts 0-0. If we don't let them score, at least we can tie."

--QB Jonathan Quinn had at least one fan at Sunday's game.

"You're doing great Johnny, keep going," Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell told Quinn when the former Jacksonville Jaguars teammates met afterward on the field.

Of course, from Brunell's perspective, Quinn's 10-of-22 passing for 65 yards might have looked pretty good considering he connected on just 8 of 22.

"I can't say enough about him, he's a great guy," Quinn said of Brunell, who was the starter when he was a rookie in Jacksonville in 1998. "He said, 'Keep your head up, just hang in there, and just keep working hard. Just try to get better each week.'"

--WR David Terrell had one catch for 10 yards just one game after catching a career-best nine passes for 116 yards.

--TE Desmond Clark was held without a catch for the second time in the last three games, and he has just five catches all season for 82 yards in an offense that is supposed to be TE friendly.

--TE Dustin Lyman was held without a catch for the second time this season. He has just five catches this season for a total of 32 yards, a 6.4-yard average.

--WR Bernard Berrian, who was supposed to play a bigger role in the offense when veteran Daryl Jones was waived after the second game, had one catch for six yards, giving him three catches for 18 yards for the season and maintaining his 6.0-yard average per catch.

--RB Anthony Thomas, who was going to be a bigger part of the offense, according to coach Lovie Smith, got one carry for one yard against the Redskins.


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