Saturday was quarterback reunion night for the Washington Redskins and Chicago Bears.
Jason Campbell, Jay Cutler and Kirk Cousins all had a homecoming of sorts at Soldier Field and each performed well in their own regard.
Cutler, who was drafted by Mike Shanahan during his tenure with the Denver Broncos, passed for 71 yards on four completions during the first drive alone, setting up a one-yard touchdown run by Michael Bush. He finished the night 7-of-13 for 122 yards.
Campbell, who was traded to the Oakland Raiders shortly after Shanahan took over the Redskins in 2010, led the Bears passing effort with a 9-of-15, 141-yard performance. The former first-round pick from Auburn routinely picked apart a secondary that was already licking their wounds from Cutler’s opening performance.
Even Cousins, an avid Bears fan growing up, performed admirably in the same stadium he watched so many games as a child.
The dozens of friends and family who filled Soldier Field to watch Cousins Saturday night weren’t disappointed.
Interestingly enough, Cousins played ahead of one of his childhood heroes, Rex Grossman. While he shined, Grossman did not see any action.
The Michigan State product orchestrated a second half comeback in which Washington briefly overcame a 20-point deficit to take the lead. Had it not been for a 57-yard Robbie Gould field goal in the game’s closing minute, Cousins and the Redskins would have walked away with the win.
He finished the night 18-of-23 for 264 yards, 3 touchdowns and a staggering 154.1 passer rating.