First things first. I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays! I hope that all of you are enjoying time with Family and Friends, great food, great drinks, and great memories!
As for things that might have dampened your holiday spirits, let’s take a look at the Christmas Eve game between the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins.
The Washington Redskins came into Soldier Field, and the Bears final home game of the season, fighting for their playoff lives, especially after losing to the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night last week. To keep the hope alive, they’d need to beat the Chicago Bears before they could even worry about getting any help from other teams. They did just that, dismantling the Bears 41-21.
Matt Barkley and the Bears were more than happy (it seemed) to hand the Redskins a Christmas gift to keep them in the hunt. Winning at home has already been a thing of the past for the Bears this season, and Barkley added to that streak after throwing 5 interceptions. Jordan Howard did everything he could – like he has all season – by rushing 18 times for 119 yards. Unfortunately, the Redskins defense kept him out of the end zone. Cam Meredith had 9 receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown while Alshon Jeffery added 5 receptions for 92 yards.
The Redskins just proved to be too much. The Redskins were even without their tight end Jordan Reed, who has been suffering from a shoulder injury. The Redskins went up 14-0 early and never looked back. Kirk Cousins threw for 270 yards and a touchdown to Chris Thompson, while adding 30 yards and 2 more touchdowns on the ground. DeSean Jackson added 5 receptions for 114 and Rob Kelley had 76 yards on 19 rushes.
The Redskins still need a ton of help from other teams to get into the playoffs while the Bears were eliminated weeks ago. Many questions are lingering about next season for the Bears. Who will be the starting QB? Will John Fox be the head coach? How are the Bears going to turn this around? The best the Bears can finish now is 4-12 which would tie their worst record since 2002. If there is one positive, it’s knowing that the Bears have found their running back of the future.