Buffone's Take

If you told me the Chicago Bears would have allowed 9 points, I would have given you 100-1 odds they would have won the game. Unfortunately that wasn't the case.

I don't care about the rookie quarterback, the Bears had a chance to win this game. No more excuses.

The only touchdown on the day was setup by a special teams turnover to open the second half. Two first half turnovers were not turned into points by the offense.

As good as the Bears are defensively, there are certain times they have to go after someone. When the Redskins were pinned on their two-yard line by a punt by Brad Maynard, the Bears allowed them to convert a third and 10. While Washington didn't score, it swung the field position game back in the Redskins favor. Things like that add up over the course of the game.

There were too many penalties. The problem was evident in the preseason and it carried into today. They finished with eight penalties for 86 yards. At this point it's simply a lack of discipline.

A needless pass interference penalty on Mike Green took away Nathan Vasher's second interception and great field position for the offense. The flag gave the Redskins a field goal.

Midway through the fourth quarter, the Bears had five successive negative plays after moving deep into Washington territory. With a chance to take the lead, Thomas Jones was stopped for a three-yard loss, which was followed by three straight false start penalties by three different offensive linemen. When the Bears were finally able to get a snap off, Orton was sacked. It left the team in third and 38.

I didn't see our running game. Thomas Jones averaged 2.1 yards on 15 carries. Cedric Benson got just one series and touched the ball three times for 10 yards. The running game has to get going to take pressure off Orton and 41 yards on the ground is not going to cut it.

Although the Washington defense is amongst the best in the league, the Bears unit also wants to obtain that status. Without much of a passing game, Clinton Portis put up 121 yards on 21 carries.

There is still reason to believe the Bears can turn things around, but this team doesn't have the luxury to take their time. You blink and you're 1-5, so go into next week mad because you let the Redskins off the hook.

Other tidbits
The Bears only held the ball for 25:45, which gave the Redskins nearly a ten-minute advantage. The defense being on the field for that long, in the heat, is bound to wear on the unit.

The Lance Briggs hit on Patrick Ramsey has been called dirty. That's part of football. The running back went low on him trying to get a block and Briggs jumped up and took Ramsey down.

Tight end Desmond Clark became a part of the offense in the second half. He caught three balls for 26 yards and was second on the team in both categories. Clark had just 24 receptions last year, so Orton seems to have a feel for getting the ball to the tight end.

Mark Bradley looked tentative on kick returns in place of Jerry Azumah. On one return, he tried to stop and change his direction. You may get away with that in college, but there is too much speed on this level for it to work. He averaged 17.5 yards on four attempts.

Jerry Azumah missed the entire preseason and looked rusty at times. He got beat by Santana Moss for two big plays in slot coverage. Even though he'll be fine with time, to say that missing basically all of training camp and the preseason will not have an impact is just not true.

In 2004, the Bears were No. 1in the NFL in getting off the field on third down. Washington converted 6-of-16 for 38 percent, including 4-of-8 on third down and at least seven yards. The defense needs to create three and outs and failed to do so once against the Redskins.


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