Cincinnati Bengals (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS, 1-1 O/U) vs. Washington Redskins (0-2 SU, 0-2 ATS, 0-2 O/U)
NFL: Sunday, August 27, 2017, FedExField, Landover, Maryland, 4:30 pm ET
Spread: Washington -3; Over/Under: 42.5
It’s a week 3 preseason inter-conference matchup in the NFL coming to you from the nation’s capital. The Cincinnati Bengals travel down the east coast as they take on the Washington Redskins Sunday afternoon. Cincinnati was clobbered 30-12 at home by Kansas City Saturday night in their week 2 tilt. Washington was knocked off 21-17 at home by Green Bay in their week 2 preseason contest Saturday. The Bengals hold a 5-4-1 edge in the all-time regular season series: the teams battled to a 27-27 tie in the last meeting, which came October 30, 2016 in Cincinnati.
Cincinnati Bengals Hoping for Better Days
Cincinnati couldn’t build off their preseason opening win over the Buccaneers as they were drubbed by the Chiefs. The Bengals will look to get more out of their first team offense than they saw Saturday night. Cincinnati kicked a field goal on their opening drive to take a 3-0 lead but never led again. The Bengals never found the end zone on the night, having to settle for four field goals. Cincinnati was outgained 410-257, lost the first down battle 22-13, dropped the time of possession battle 34:17 to 25:43 and committed the game’s only turnover.
Andy Dalton completed 7 of 13 throws for 98 yards in the game for the Bengals. A.J. McCarron hit on 8 of 15 throws for 93 yards and an interception while Jeff Driskel connected on two of six passes for 13 yards. Jeremy Hill led Cincinnati with six carries for 28 yards on the ground while Tra Carson (eight carries, 24 yards) and rookie Joe Mixon (six carries, 16 yards) saw their share of action as well. Alex Erickson (43 yards), A.J. Green (39 yards) and Josh Malone (35 yards) each reeled in three passes for the Bengals to lead the team. Tyler Boyd contributed a pair of catches and led the team with 45 receiving yards in the contest. The kicking battle rages on as Randy Bullock connected on field goals from 47 and 26 yards while Jake Elliott nailed his attempts from 32 and 39 yards. The defense was carved up on the ground as the Chiefs ran for 228 yards while averaging 6.9 yards a carry.
Washington Redskins Look to Get Ready for Regular Season
Washington has scuffled in the preseason as they were drubbed 23-3 by the Ravens before falling at home to the Packers. Perhaps the turnover on the offensive side of the ball, with last year’s starting receivers, DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, now in Tampa Bay and San Francisco, respectively. While the Redskins still have plenty of talent and weapons to work with on that side of the ball, it takes time and reps in order to build the chemistry needed to have success at this level. Washington outgained Green Bay 335-266 but lost the first down battle 18-16 and allowed the Packers to control time of possession by a 34:11 to 25:49 margin.
Kirk Cousins wasn’t overly sharp offensively but he hit 14 of 23 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown in his action. Colt McCoy connected on 7 of 11 for 70 yards and a touchdown while Nate Sudfeld hit 6 of 11 for 54 yards. The run game was flat outside of rookie Samaje Perine, who had eight carries for 45 yards: the rest of the team combined for a total of 19 yards on 14 carries. Rob Kelley, who saw most of the work last season, was uninspiring with nine carries totaling nine yards. Running back Chris Thompson led the team with five catches for 52 yards in the loss while Robert Davis added four for 36 yards. Jamison Crowder (two catches, eight yards) and Niles Paul (one catch, 16 yards) each caught a touchdown pass in the losing effort. Dustin Hopkins hit both extra point attempts and his lone field goal attempt, which came from 34 yards.
- Bengals are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games
- Redskins are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall
- Redskins are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games on grass
Both teams should give longer looks to their starters, as is the norm in week 3 of the preseason. With that said, Washington has more talent on the offensive side of the ball, especially with Jordan Reed coming off the PUP list. Crowder, Josh Doctson and Terrelle Pryor Sr. each need more reps with Cousins to build the familiarity and get ready for the regular season. Cincinnati has cracks on both sides of the ball and it remains to be seen if Mixon can push Hill out of the starting role in the backfield. In the end, the Redskins, at home, get the edge because of their potentially explosive offense.
Pick: Washington Redskins -3
Washington wasn’t overly explosive in the first two weeks of the preseason so this is a chance for Cousins to, once again, prove himself as a franchise type quarterback. The Bengals were less than inspiring in their loss to the Chiefs as they were gashed on the ground and allowed three different quarterbacks to throw touchdown passes in the contest. Cincinnati has to get more offensive production from their stars and they need to figure out if Mixon can unseat Hill in the ground game. First round pick John Ross, who was expected to step right in as a starting receiver, was recently cleared to finally practice after offseason shoulder surgery.
The under is 4-0 in the Bengals last 4 games overall, 5-1 in their last 6 games on grass and 20-8-1 in their last 29 road games. While both teams will play their starters more, it’s no guarantee you’ll see a ton of points: look for this one to end up falling just short of the total, similar to Washington’s week two tilt with the Packers.