The first Redskins possession started at their own 23. That's been their worst field position of the afternoon so far. Their other drives have started at the 50, the Washington 39, the Washington 28, the 50, the 50 again, the Washington 44, and the Washington 30. On top of all that, the Redskins have outgained the Bears 176-84. And they trail 14-10 at halftime.
Even more disconcertingly, each of the Redskins last three drives of the first half (not counting the one-play kneeldown at the very end of the second quarter) ended in three-and-outs, as the Bears began to get more consistent pressure on Donovan McNabb (11/23, 145 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception). A big reason for the stalling of the Redskins offense has been the relative lack of traction on the ground. Ryan Torain has only picked up 32 yards on 10 carries, and 23 of Kyle Shanahan's 35 play calls have been for pass plays.
On the other side, Jay Cutler and Chicago offensive co-ordinator Mike Martz have adjusted the Redskins pressure, which had previously produced three sacks of Cutler, by utilizing a series of quick throws to Devin Hester, Earl Bennett and Johnny Knox. The last pass, a nine-yard play from Cutler to Knox gave Chicago their halftime lead and capped a 7-play, 70-yard drive that was very much out of character with Chicago's earlier offensive display.
The Bears will get the ball to start the second half, and it's crucial that the Redskins defense stop them. However, it's even more essential that the Redskins offense figure out a way to get jump-started again.