Last week, the Washington Redskins lost an incredibly close game. You can look back at several plays and acknowledge that any one of the them might have led to a three point difference (which would have at least resulted in overtime). This week they will again be the pre-game favorite–this time with home field advantage on their side–as they take on the 1-1, Cincinnati Bengals.
Heading into Sunday, the game tape and stats bring to light the same issue for both teams: neither one can stop the football from crossing that white line bordering the promise land–also refered to as the endzone.
The Redskins have given up 810 yards through two games. That's 405 yards per! They looked okay at times against the Saints–but so did Carolina and look what just happened to them–and they struggled mightily against the Rams. Not helping, at all, is that the Skins lost two key defensive starters last week, in Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker. Life without them won't get any easier….
On the opposite side of the field, Robert Griffin III should have a field day against the Bengals. Cincinnati has allowed 869 yards; 627 of them through the air. If you haven't heard, the Redskins have the number one scoring offense in the league and they're fourth in yards. It's not crazy too talk about hanging 30 points on a team this year, I kind of expect it.
And that's with Pierre Garcon likely out. He's by far the most reliable target on the team and un-arguably Griffin's favorite target. In his absence, the Redskins will need Joshua Morgan more than ever.
Yes, he committed a silly, pointless, ignorant, and even gaudy foul, that likely cost the Skins a chance at overtime. But that's it! He must feel worse than all the fanhood combined! Outside of that, he led the team in catches, with five, and was second in yards to Hankerson–who caught the 68 yard bomb.
By the way, how awesome is it, that Bob has thrown touchdowns of 68 and 88 yards, in his first two games? We've waited, and waited, and waited for years to have a quarterback that could consistently create vertical plays. Now it's time sit back and enjoy–take in the view.
But at the same time, be realistic. This game against the Bengals, as almost every game this season, will be tight one. That said, I like the Redskins this week; 30-23.
Let us know what you think…
Adam Carriker, Brian Orakpo, Cincinnati Bengals, Football, Joshua Morgan, NFL, Pierre Garcon, RGIII, Robert Griffin III, Washington, Washington Redskins
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