Cincinnati Bengals vs. Washington Redskins Preview
Where: FedEx Field – Landover, MD
When: Sunday, August 27, 2017 – 4:30 PM ET
Line: Cincinnati Bengals (+3) vs. Washington Redskins (-3); total: 43.0 – view all NFL lines
TV Broadcast: FOX
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Betting on the Cincinnati Bengals
Failing to provide follow-up on a good performance are the Bengals. They split their first two games of the preseason, as they held the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to 12 points and then proceeded to score the same amount of points in the following week against the Kansas City Chiefs.
They beat the Bucs, 23-12, and then fell to the Chiefs, 30-12.
The drop in performance in the Kansas City game can be traced to play on both sides of the field. The defense, for one, had a long day – it gave up a passing touchdown to all three opposing quarterbacks (four in total), and was just as atrocious in stopping the run, as it allowed 228 yards on 6.9 yards per carry.
Though not as terrible, the offense was completely flat. Jeff Driskel, who went 8-for-9 for 97 yards and one touchdown in Week 1, while also running for 34 yards and one score, disappeared. The two QBs above him in the depth charts – Andy Dalton and AJ McCaron – were borderline non-factors overall. Dalton was inserted in many snaps, and looked okay on paper with his 7-for-13, 98-yard output. However, he was really unable to drive the team anywhere.
One good, consistent, player, though, that the Bengals can eye on is second-year receiver Alex Erickson. The Wisconsin product has caught six of the seven total passes thrown at him, gaining 15.5 yards per catch.
Betting on the Washington Redskins
The Redskins will be coming off a 21-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers, dropping them to 0-2 in the preseason. It was indeed a much better showing than their Week 1 dud (lost 23-3), but it still left a FedEx Field-like room for improvement.
Kirk Cousins’s 14-for-23, 144-yard, one-TD performance, wasn’t enough, and was nowhere near of being passable since he was unable to get much help from his crew. Fifth-year receiver Chris Thompson was good, catching all five targets for 52 yards, but him being one of the most effective weapons in the Redskins offense says a lot.
The backfield, in particular, was non-existent again, and is now averaging a putrid 2.5 yards per carry in the last two games (40 carries for 103 yards).
The defense, meanwhile, is right in the middle. Although they tally nine QB hit/sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss per game, they still give up a handful of big plays, which is quite evident in them being winless. The 65.4 completion percentage they also allow despite punishing the QB a handful of times is also indicative of the suspect pass defense.
The Bengals (-3) take it, 20-14.
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