The Washington Redskins stole a 17-14 victory in Chicago on Oct. 24 thanks to six forced turnovers and an aggressive defense that racked up six sacks, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries. The AFRO breaks down the defensive gem with Three Downs from the District.

First Down: Ball to Hall

DeAngelo Hall earned a game ball for his four-interception performance, which tied a league record for the most in a game. Hall also scored the deciding touchdown when he ran back a Jay Cutler interception for 92 yards. Hall’s heady play trumped both Cutler and offensive guru Mike Martz, as the cornerback repeatedly came up with momentum-changing stops. He’s been under media fire recently for poor coverage and loud talking, but this week, he backed up his claims against Chicago.

Second Down: Orakpo the Sack Pro

Brian Orakpo is blossoming into one of the finest pass rushers in the NFC this season. His two-sack performance upped his season total to five, and he terrorized the Bears offensive line. The Redskins have been lining up the versatile linebacker at the outside rush position, and the move has been paying dividends as the second-year linebacker has provided pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

Third Down: Rushing Redskins

Washington made it a long day for Jay Cutler, totaling six sacks on the day and forcing the Bears quarterback to the turf on other plays numerous times. The Redskins’ installation of the 3-4 defense has added a little more heat to opposing quarterbacks throughout the season. Although Hall turned in a fantastic performance against the Bears, the secondary has struggled at times, making the pass rush that much more important to the team’s success. The return of lineman Albert Haynesworth adds another able body that defensive coordinator Jim Haslett can use to get to the quarterback.

Stephen D. Riley

Special to the AFRO