The Chicago Bears faced the Washington Commanders in Thursday Night Football in Week 6 of the 2022 NFL season at Soldier Field on October 14. While the Bears led 7-3 till the third quarter, a dominant display by the visitors in the final quarter saw them beat the hosts 12-7.
The highlight of the game came when rookie running back of the Washington Commanders, Brian Robinson Jr scored his first NFL touchdown in what was also his maiden NFL start. While the touchdown received praise from many, partly because Robinson suffered two gunshot wounds less than two months ago and came back, it also showed a poor receiving performance by the Bears. Let’s find out how.
The touchdown by Brian Robinson Jr was a result of a dropped reception by Chicago Bears wide receiver Ihmir Smith-Marsette, who dropped the ball following a pass by quarterback Justin Fields in the fourth and penultimate quarter. The 23-year-old looked to be thinking of making a run before receiving the catch but missed the first down instead.
The miss soon turned costly for the Bears as the Washington Commanders rookie running back Brian Robinson Jr registered a 15-yard run and a first down, just before going on to score his NFL career-first touchdown.
The game also marked the second victory of the 2022 NFL season for the Washington Commanders, who registered their first win since beating the Jacksonville Jaguars in the opening week.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears were handed their fourth loss of the season and are currently in the third spot of the NFC North standings, with three consecutive defeats.
Ihmir Smith-Marsette’s missed reception was arguably the turning point of the game for the Washington Commanders, who scored nine points in the final quarter while allowing none and won the game 12-7 on Thursday night.
Smith-Marsette registered 0 receptions and made 1 carry for -1 yard and was one of the least impactful players in the Thursday Night Football game.