leads to the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers. Against the Packers, Aaron Rodgers connected with Jordy Nelson on a 60-yard bomb in the final minute to set up a 32-yard field goal.
The Redskins could capitalize on the Bears’ inability to stop the deep ball with wide receiver DeSean Jackson and quarterback Kirk Cousins. Fox, though, said stopping explosive plays will be a key for his team, pointing to a 61-yard run the Bear also surrendered to Green Bay.
“That’s something that our defensive staff, myself included, talked to our players about,” Fox said. “Again, every week brings new challenges. That’s something we have to improve upon ourselves.”
Part of the Bears’ resurgence late in games, however, has to deal with Barkley. A former third-string quarterback, Barkley has started the last four games this season because of injuries to Jay Cutler and Brian Hoyer.
On the season, Barkley has thrown for 1,163 yards for six touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Barkley has watched the Redskins on defense and said that cornerback Josh Norman and pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan have stood out. He said the two have a lot of awareness for where the ball is going.
“We have them highlighted and I have them highlighted in my head,” Barkley said. “Overall, it’s a sound group of guys. It will be interesting to see what the linebacker situation is as we move forward with this week, with who is playing, because that might change things up a bit for us.”
The Redskins have dealt with a variety of injuries at the linebacker position this season. Gruden said Tuesday that linebacker Houston Bates tore his ACL and is out for the season. Gruden said Will Compton (knee) and Su’a Cravens (upper arm) remain day-to-day after missing Monday’s game against Carolina.
In evaluating Washington’s defense, Fox said that the Redskins had the ability to play multiple coverages to get pressure on the quarterback.
“They’re solid upfront,” Fox said. “They have a shutdown corner in Norman. Their safety position is experienced. … All in all, it’s something we’ll have to be ready for. Like every game, it’s about execution.”
The Bears at a glance
Points per game: 17.7, ranked No. 29 Opponents points per game: 22.9, ranked No. 16 Touchdowns: 25 (16 passing, 9 rushing) Opposing touchdowns: 31 (18 passing, 13 rushing)