CHICAGO – For more than a decade, Robbie Gould was as accurate as any kicker in the NFL. These days, he is missing at an alarming rate.
And with a shot at redemption, he failed once again.
Gould missed another late kick after failing to come through the previous week, and the Chicago Bears lost to the Washington Redskins 24-21 on Sunday.
"My teammates rely on me," Gould said. "And the last two weeks I just haven't got it done."
Washington (6-7) went ahead by three early in the fourth quarter on Dustin Hopkins' 47-yard field goal.
The Bears (5-8) were in position to score after Jay Cutler hit Alshon Jeffery with a 50-yard pass that put the ball on the Washington 35. Gould, who missed the potential winner at the end of regulation in last week's overtime loss to San Francisco, got a chance to redeem himself. But his 50-yard attempt sailed wide right with 1:40 left, giving Chicago its second consecutive loss.
"The wind was at my back, the wind was blowing right to left," Gould said. "It was in perfect range. I could have probably kicked from 61 going that way, 60-ish maybe. They got in range. I've got to make it."
After making all 15 attempts in his first six games, Gould is 11-for-17, three of those misses coming the past two weeks — a startling turn for a 34-year-old who ranks among the most accurate kickers in NFL history.
Kirk Cousins threw for 300 yards and a touchdown, and the Redskins remained tied with Philadelphia for the NFC East lead. The New York Giants can join them with a victory at Miami on Monday.
"We have everything we want still in front of us," coach Jay Gruden said. "It keeps us alive, it keeps our heart beating."