The Cincinnati Bengals escaped a wild game with the Washington Redskins with a 2-1 record and some momentum on offense. The defense still had some shaky moments, but got some key stops late to get their seconds consecutive win. The game might most be remembered for the end-of-game madness with the officials, some fishiness with the clock, and a failed hail mary.
The Bengals opened the game with Mohamed Sanu in the Wildcat formation and A.J. Green matched up with a safety. Sanu caught the defense napping and hit Green for a 73-yard TD, the longest of Green’s career. It would signal the start of an aggressive offensive gameplan for Jay Gruden and the Bengals.
The defense forced a Redskins punt, which was downed near Cincy’s goalline, and then Rob Jackson picked off an Andy Dalton pass for a TD, tying the game at seven. Dalton would quickly rebound from that mistake, hitting Armon Binns on an out route, which Binns turned into a 48-yard TD down the sideline. Mike Nugent added a field goal to put Cincy up by 10. This was turned into a 17-point lead after a Robert Griffin III fumble, when BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran in a 1-yard TD from the Wildcat formation. Halftime saw the Bengals up 24-10.
The Redskins opened the 2nd half on fire, scoring, first, on an Alfred Morris run, then on a short pass to Santana Moss, which tied the game again at 24. Cincinnati’s offense got going again after that, though, driving down the field and ending with a TD pass to Jermaine Gresham. The Bengals had one more big play in them on offense, and after getting the ball back, Dalton hit Andrew Hawkins over the middle for a 59-yard TD, giving the Bengals a two TD lead. An RGIII TD run gave the Redskins one more chance and that was where the fun began.