LANDOVER, Md. -- Still far from being a good team, the Washington Redskins are at least a successful team for a change.
They beat the Bears 45-41 Sunday, raising their record to 2-4 while not doing much to alleviate the doubts surrounding the reigning NFC East champions.
"When we go watch the film," Griffin said, "we won't watch it with smiles on our face. ... But I think we made enough plays today to win the game, and that's all matters."
Griffin completed 18 of 29 passes for 298 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, and he also ran 11 times for a season-high 84 yards. Helu rushed for three scores, and third-round rookie tight end Jordan Reed had a breakout performance with 134 yards and a touchdown, catching all nine passes thrown his way.
"Every game is big, but we sure needed it after being 1-4," coach Mike Shanahan said. "You don't want to dig yourself a bigger hole."
McCown was seeing his first action since the 2011 season, but the Bears improved with him in the game. Chicago had 46 yards of total offense in the first half and 313 in the second. He completed 14 of 20 passes for 204 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown pass to Martellus Bennett that gave his team a 41-38 lead with 3:57 to play.
"They've been here a long time, made a lot of plays. Definitely wish we could have had them out there," linebacker Jonathan Bostic said.
Cutler was injured when he was brought down on the first career sack by 333-pound nose tackle Chris Baker. Cutler clutched at the top of his left leg and limped off the field. He will have an MRI on Monday. Trestman didn't have an update on Briggs or Tillman.
The Redskins started their final possession with 3:57 to play and trailing by three. Milking the clock, they converted three third downs to set up Helu's touchdown run. Griffin said the offense played most of the game in sync for the first time this season, in part because he's cleared a psychological hurdle in his return from offseason knee surgery.
"I think mental part of it that I did get over was not thinking out on the field, just reacting," Griffin said. "And I don't think that was anything to do with my knee, the knee brace or anything else, I just think that was for me mentally playing the game irrelevant of my injury."
Griffin also passed an unwelcome milestone. After throwing only five interceptions last season when he was the NFL's offensive rookie of the year, he threw his sixth of 2013 on Sunday when Tillman, who went to the same Texas high school as Griffin, got a pick in the first half.
"He did get me with an interception," Griffin said with a smile, "but I got him back with a touchdown."
It was that kind of game.
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