Bears’ Starters on the Prowl vs. Redskins

The Bears wasted little time in giving the fans a glimpse of what everyone has been excited for since the trade that brought Brandon Marshall to Chicago.

On the Bears first offensive play from scrimmage, quarterback Jay Cutler found his new, old friend for a 41-yard strike along the right sideline.

The Bears would connect with Devin Hester for a four yard pass to the left side and a third down conversion to Marshall following an incomplete pass to Earl Bennett over the middle.

Following a 16-yard dart to rookie receiver Alshon Jeffery on a crisp slant pattern that brought the Bears to the doorstep of the end zone, Michael Bush walked untouched over the goal line for the touchdown.

Bush would later add a touchdown on an eight-yard scamper up the middle that showed the battering ram tailback also has a little wiggle to his game.

Bush would finish his day with five carries for 21 yards and two touchdowns.

The offensive line still has some work to do following a disappointing opener vs. Denver last Thursday.

Chris Spencer had a tough evening, committing a false start penalty on third down, and looked like his feet were stuck in cement on the next play that forced Cutler to roll out to his right and throw the ball away to avoid a sack.

J’Marcus Webb and Chris Williams rotated at the left tackle spot after offensive coordinator Mike Tice called out Webb earlier in the week. Look for this to be a common theme leading up to the regular season opener vs. Indianapolis on Sept. 9.

The defense flexed their muscles, too, after some shoddy tackling on the first Washington series.

Israel Idonije forced a fumble against rookie Robert Griffin III after the Heisman-winner was hurried from the pocket by a blitzing Major Wright. Idonije looked like a man possessed and made the reigning Heisman winner’s night a nightmare as he collected 2.5 sacks in the first half, often lining up inside on passing downs.

Julius Peppers would recover the fumble that led to the aforementioned Bush eight-yard touchdown.

Washington returner Brandon Banks returned an Adam Podlesh punt for a 91-yard touchdown in which the Bears punter hurt his hip attempting to bring down Banks.

Robbie Gould added two field goals in the second quarter and appears to be in mid-season form already as he drilled a game-winning 57-yard field goal to clinch the victory in the game’s closing seconds.

The Bears opened the second half with Lorenzo Booker doing his best Devin Hester impersonation, juking his way to the end zone and returning the opening kickoff 105 yards.

A scary moment occurred in the third quarter when third-round pick Brandon Hardin had to be carted off the field following a tackle in which the rookies head was down.

The good news is that he never lost consciousness and had movement in his extremities as the medical staff removed him from the Soldier Field grass.

He joined Podlesh and safety Chris Conte (shoulder), who were forced out of action due to injury.

Cutler finished his preseason debut completing seven of his 13 passes for 122 yards.

Two of his seven completions went to Marshall for 61 yards.

Matt Forte received four carries for 16 yards in his first action since his knee injury ended his 2011 season.

The Bears next exhibition game is Friday at the Meadowlands to take on the defending Super Bowl champions, the New York Giants at 7 p.m.

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