That combination barely helped the Redskins end their four-game
losing streak Sunday with a 13-10 victory over the offensively
inept Chicago Bears.
"I was telling the offensive line all week, `Just give me that
crease, give me that crack," said Portis, who had his best day
since joining the Redskins in an offseason trade with Denver.
"I told them, `Just block your guys, open it up and I promise I
will follow you."
Portis gained 171 yards on 36 carries, making up for Brunell's
8-for-22 passing for just 95 yards.
Portis created some team turmoil with comments about the
Washington offense, and gained just 53 yards last week in a loss to
the Ravens. After he'd carried 21 times in the first half Sunday,
Portis wanted more.
"I told coach (Joe) Gibbs, `Do you see my tongue hanging out?'
He said, No.' I told him to run me until my tongue did hang out,"
Portis said. "I want it 8 yards, 10 yards, 12 yards. Pickups like
that eventually wear a defense down."
The Redskins (2-4) sacked struggling Bears quarterback Jonathan
Quinn three times in the final three minutes, before Sean Taylor's
closing-seconds interception sealed the victory.
Washington's defense has given up only six touchdowns this
"Until that last whistle we aren't going to stop coming at
you," said Redskins defensive back Fred Smoot. "Teams know that
In a matchup of misfiring quarterbacks, Brunell and Quinn had
trouble connecting with their receivers.
Quinn, once a backup to Brunell at Jacksonville, was making his
fifth NFL start and second since replacing the injured Rex
Grossman. He connected on 10-of-22 for just 65 yards.
"I'm not hitting passes. Guys are there and I miss them,"
Quinn said. "The fans are frustrated. I'm frustrated. Everybody's
The Bears (1-4) managed only 160 yards total offense and crossed
midfield just three times, scoring their only TD on Jerry Azumah's
70-yard interception return in the second quarter after Alex Brown
tipped Brunell's pass.
"We have to play better at the quarterback position. There's no
way to sugarcoat it," Bears coach Lovie Smith said.
Azumah's play was a bright spot and came in his first game back
since neck surgery in August.
"Obviously the interception returned for a touchdown was a
batted ball. You don't want that to happen, but it did," said
Brunell, who had several passes tipped or batted. "That was an
unfortunate play and we've had a lot of unfortunate plays."
Azumah's TD cut Washington's lead to 10-7 after the Bears'
offense flopped for most of the half.
One of Brunell's few well-thrown passes was an 18-yard TD toss
to Rod Gardner on the first play of the second quarter, making it
10-0. The 79-yard drive also featured passes of 21 yards to
Laveranues Coles and 11 yards to Portis.
Portis had failed to reach 100 yards in any of his previous four
games for Washington. He had 103 by the half, including a twisting
19-yard run midway through the second quarter. He left the field
briefly after taking a shoulder from Chicago's Israel Idonije in
the back, but returned soon thereafter.
Ola Kimrin, already cut twice by the Redskins, returned from his
native Sweden to rejoin the team this week with John Hall out with
a groin injury. He kicked a 41-yard field goal to open the scoring
and hit a 26-yarder to start the fourth period, giving the Redskins
a 13-7 lead.
Paul Edinger's 46-yarder with 5:10 left -- after the Bears moved
from their 26 to the Washington 23 behind the running of Thomas
Jones and a pass interference call -- made it 13-10.
Chicago got the ball back twice more, but Quinn was sacked by
Shawn Springs on the first series and then twice more by Cornelius
Griffin on the next set of downs. Taylor then intercepted Quinn at
the Washington 40 and returned it 45 yards with 13 seconds to go.
Bears DE Adewale Ogunleye left in the third quarter with a
sprained ankle. ... Jones gained 97 yards on 24 carries, including
75 yards in the second half. ... The Redskins played without star
linebacker LaVar Arrington, out with a knee injury.