The Cincinnati Bengals came into the regular season being praised by all who were knowledgeable of the game of football. Their defense was touted as a silent attacker, quietly climbing their way through the ranks of the NFL leader boards. The Cincinnati offense was poised to remain steady behind second year quarterback Andy Dalton and their phenom wide receiver A.J. Green. That has all changed, though, after a devastating defeat before millions of Americans on the opening night of Monday Night Football in Baltimore. The team’s win in week two only cemented the critic’s view when the Bengals defense allowed 439 total yards of offense by a Cleveland Browns team that had barely scraped up 210 yards the week before. Now moving into week 3, the Bengals face possibly their trickiest opponent yet in RGIII.
Before all of America counts the Bengals out on Sunday against the Redskins, though, there are a few reasons we should revive the faith in our team and take another look.
Let’s start by looking at the offensive leaders for both the Redskins and the Bengals:
Dalton has thrown for 539 yards, 3 tds, and is 46-68
RGIII has thrown for 526 yards, 3 tds, and is 39-55
Green-Ellis has had 39 carries for 166 yards and 1 td for the Bengals
Morris comes in with 44 carries for 185 yards and 2 tds for the Skins
Hawkins, the Bengals leading receiver, has 10 receptions for 142 yards and 1 td
Garcon, the Redskins leader, has 4 receptions for 109 yards and 1 td
Looking at the offensive stats, I would call the game right down the middle. Both teams are 1-1 coming into Sunday’s game and their stats are very similar. RGIII’s ability to move around with the ball is what makes this Redskins team troubling to their opponents. He is definitely a dynamic player, but as we are seeing with dynamic players this year (Newton, Vick), dynamic is stoppable.