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Bears suffer miserable shootout loss to Redskins with Cutler out

Eric Edholm
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The second-highest scoring game of the NFL season was nothing to celebrate for the Chicago Bears.

In addition to losing 45-41 to the Washington Redskins, the loss came at a huge cost to the Bears with Jay Cutler suffering a groin injury in the second quarter and not returning.

In stepped backup quarterback Josh McCown, who admirably led the Bears on four second-half scoring drives, completing 14-of-20 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown. He also scrambled effectively, running four times for 33 yards.

But the Redskins plowed their way through a taxed Bears defense, piling up 499 yards from scrimmage and 28 first downs. Although the Bears had eight tackles for loss, they also lost Lance Briggs to injury, Charles Tillman missed what appeared to be an easy interception and safety Chris Conte had a giant target on his head in the passing game.

Two little-used Redskins, tight end Jordan Reed (nine catches, 134 yards, touchdown in his first NFL start) and Roy Helu (three rushing touchdowns), had career games.

The Bears couldn't stop people before Sunday — or on Sunday — but now they have to worry about whether they can outscore anyone with Cutler out.

A pretty awful Sunday for the Bears, all the way around.

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