Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) runs away from New York Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn (93) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
The Washington Redskins hope to avoid going 0-3 at home for the first time in 15 years, while at the same time trying ti get a fifth consecutive victory against the Chicago Bears.
Although the Redskins have four straight wins over the 4-2 Bears those games were decided by a combined 16 points. Chicago’s Jay Cutler was intercepted four times by DeAngelo Hall in those games, with Hall returning one for a 92-yard TD in Washington’s 17-14 road win Oct. 24, 2010 in the latest meeting.
However, Cutler, who played three seasons for Shanahan while in Denver, is currently averaging career highs with a 65.9 completion percentage and a 95.2 passer rating. He’s thrown four touchdowns and no interceptions the last two weeks, including passing for two scores in a 27-21 victory over the New York Giants last Thursday that ended the Bears two-game skid.
Brandon Marshall, who also played with Cutler for Shanahan in Denver, caught a season-high nine passes for 87 yards and two TDs against the Giants. Marshall has bounced back after voicing his frustration following a four- reception, 30-yard, one-touchdown effort in a loss to New Orleans the previous week.
The Bears’ 10-game run of forcing at least one turnover ended against the Saints, but they intercepted Eli Manning three times, including one by conerback, Tim Jennings, which was returned for a 48 yard touchdown.
Chicago has gone 17-1 in the last 18 in which it’s forced at least three turnovers.
“We see things each and every week that tell us we cannot just be good, we can be very good,” coach Marc Trestman said. “But we also know there’s a lot of work ahead.
The Bears also rank 30th with eight sacks.
“I believe the talent is there and we’ve just got to keep working on it,” Trestman told the Bears’ official website.
Marshall has 12 receptions for 232 yards and two touchdowns in two games against Washington.
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