Offensively, the Washington Redskins resembled the team that won the NFC East last season; defensively they looked as bad as they have at any point this year.
Fortunately, the strong offensive performance was able to outweigh defensive let-downs as Washington beat the Chicago Bears 45-41 at FedEx Field on Sunday afternoon.
It came down to an 80-yard, game-winning drive led by Robert Griffin III with the home team trailing by a field goal and just under four minutes left to play.
A nice chunk of the yards came on first down when Griffin hit his most reliable target of the day, Jordan Reed for 26 yards up the middle.
Reed finished with career-highs in receptions and yards catching nine passes for 134 yards to go along with a second-quarter touchdown.
After the big gain, Washington used a cocktail of runs and short passes to methodically work their way up the field and burn clock before punching the ball into the end-zone with a three-yard run by Roy Helu Jr.
It was Helu's third touchdown of the day, contributing to a rushing attack that wore down Chicago's defense and reminded the home crowd of last year's league-leading rush attack.
His 41 yards was just third most behind Alfred Morris' 95 yards and Griffin's 84 yards, as the team amassed a total of 209 yards.
The defense actually played well up until the point when they knocked Jay Cutler out of the game early in the second quarter with a groin injury.
Prior to that possession, Washington had forced Chicago to punt on a three-and-out; and on the possession before that Brian Orakpo picked off Cutler for his first career interception and returned it for 29 yards to score his first career touchdown.
At that point, Washington had a 17-10 lead.
Chicago was able to take back some of that momentum however, when Washington was forced to punt on their next possession and season-long special teams woes reared it's ugly head.
Return specialist Devin Hester returned the punt for an 81-yard touchdown to tie the game up in addition to tying Deion Sanders for most career return touchdowns.
From there, the offenses traded jabs up until the final seconds in route to the second-highest scoring game in the NFL this season.
Denver's 51-48 win over the Dallas Cowboys in week five ranks as number one, which coincidentally is what encouraged Washington fans that the defense was improving with how they played against that same Dallas team last week.
The defense took giant steps backwards Sunday though, with Chicago backup Josh McCown driving the Bears up the field time and time again on his way to 204 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-20 passing and 33 yards rushing.
Matt Forte added 91 more yards on the ground and three touchdowns of his own.
To their credit, the defense did end the game with a sack on McCown as he was setting up for a final seconds hail-mary.
The best thing they had going for them though was the fact that RG3 played on their team.
Outside of an ugly interception thrown to Charles Tillman in the first quarter, Griffin had a masterful game, keeping Chicago's defense honest with the zone-read option, using his legs and arm to make plays.
He finished with 298 yards and two touchdowns on 18-of-29 throwing.
This was an important victory for the 2-4 Skins with a game at the Denver Broncos awaiting them next Sunday.