Redskins’ starters outplayed in preseason loss to Chicago

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Rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins took over in the third quarter and helped dress up the final score. He was 18-of-23 passing for 264 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers. His passer rating was 154.1.

The Bears‘ first-string offense opened the game with a six-play, 82-yard touchdown drive. The first play was a 41-yard completion from Jay Cutler to Brandon Marshall. The Redskins frequently used cornerback DeAngelo Hall as a single-high safety on the drive, with little success. Michael Bush scored the Bears‘ first touchdown on a 1-yard run.

Brandon Banks fortified his push to make the final roster by returning a punt 91 yards for a touchdown. Linebacker Rob Jackson and receiver Terrence Austin sprung Banks with critical blocks immediately after he fielded the ball, and Banks outran punter Adam Podlesh to the sideline.

“That’s what I do best, I think, but I still got to work on wide receiver right now,” said Banks, who did not play receiver in the game.

Rookie running back Alfred Morris started and rushed 10 times for 34 yards. He opened the game with a 21-yard run. However, he released too early on his pass route and failed to pick up the blitz on the sack of Griffin and forced fumble, he said.

Second-year receiver Aldrick Robinson flashed in the second half. He scored a 49-yard touchdown by catching a hook pattern and then outrunning two defensive backs to the end zone. He finished with six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.

Tight end Niles Paul Cousins’ first touchdown pass, a 5-yard lob on a quarterback keeper to the left sideline. Dezmon Briscoe caught the third, a 20-yard play on a post pattern.

Neil Rackers made a 28-yard field goal, the Redskins first attempt of the preseason. He later missed from 54 yards, though, failing to capitalize on a major opportunity in his competition with Graham Gano.

Notes: Inside inebacker London Fletcher did not play because he was not feeling well, Shanahan said. Defensive end Kedric Golston (elbow) did not play.

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