The bright spot that continues to shine for the offense is Ryan Torain who ran for 125 yards against a Chicago defense which had been tough against the run. While the offensive line continues to struggle – with the exception of rookie Trent Williams – in pass protection they have gotten much better in the zone blocking scheme which has been a key to the rushing game’s emergence. Williams has been dominant against the top pass rushers this year and forced the Bears to move Julius Peppers around so he could get pressure against the others on the offensive front.
With Hall’s four interceptions and their two fumble recoveries the burgundy and gold defense has now already eclipsed the number of takeaways they had during the entire 2009 season. With the big plays as a byproduct of their physically imposing defense, Washington’s unit continues to emerge as the engine that drives this team.
Albert Haynesworth was back in the lineup Sunday and his presence was felt. He kept Jay Cutler out of the end zone with a jarring hit at the one yard line early in the second half that led to what became a game changing fumble. In addition to a sack he also delivered a crushing block on Hall’s interception return that was inspiring as well.
It remains to be seen if the offense can become as consistent as the defense over the final two months of the season. Perhaps Mike Shanahan, a noted offensive guru, has learned from his final days in Denver that defense wins in the NFL. Thanks to Hall and Haynesworth, Washington’s defense is proving statistics are for losers as they sit at 4-3.
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