After loss, Redskins need help from oth­ers to reach play­offs.

Sur­ren­dered leads late in last 2 games

The Washington Times Daily - - FRONT PAGE - BY MATTHEW PARAS

The Chicago Bears are well out of the play­off race with a 3-11 record. But that hasn’t stopped the Bears from re­main­ing com­pet­i­tive late in games, los­ing their last two games by three points each.

“I’m not ex­actly sure why we al­ways seem to be in a hole some­times, and fin­ish­ing close,” Bears quar­ter­back Matt Barkley said, “but it does tell me that we’re not giv­ing up.”

The Redskins will try to avoid an up­set against a frisky Bears team at Sol­dier Field on Satur­day to keep their play­off hopes alive.

The Bears, of course, will have their own plan to stop Wash­ing­ton.

On a con­fer­ence call with re­porters Tues­day, Bears coach John

Fox said his team will have to keep the Redskins’ of­fense on the bench.

“They do spread the ball around quite well, so it’s more of a sys­tem,” Fox said. “They have reads and pro­gres­sions. They kind of hit you on all lev­els, whether it’s quick game abil­ity or in­ter­me­di­ate routes. They have play ac­tion, big play po­ten­tial. That makes them dif­fi­cult to de­fend.

“You’re re­ally look­ing to slow them down,” he added. “I’m not sure if you can to­tally stop them.”

In Chicago’s past two games, the Bears sur­ren­dered late fourth quar­ter

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Bears quar­ter­back Matt Barkley is “not ex­actly sure why we al­ways seem to be in a hole some­times and fin­ish­ing close, but it does tell me we’re not giv­ing up.”

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