Nov 13, 2011; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) returns a kick off during the first half against the Pittsburgh Steelersat Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
Week 3 is just hours away from kicking off as the New York Giants head to Carolina to take on the Panthers. The big game in Who Dey Nation will take place in Washington D.C., where the Bengals will look to pcik up their first road win of the season as they battle the Redskins in their home-opener. Here’s how our staff predicted the game to unfold:
Bengals game- I see Taylor Mays back in the lineup, we need his presence back there, I also see an improved Run Defense. Although it will be tough against Shanahan’s Zone blocking scheme, I truly feel that this is the game the Bengals defense stand up, and we’ve had success against rookie quarterbacks as of late, and the Bengals will escape from D.C. with a win.
As well-equipped as the Bengals are to put up some points on the Washington defense, the Cincinnati defense is not suited to stop Washington’s offense. Robert Griffin III and his package plays are designed to take advantage of an overaggressive defense and the Bengals are the epitome of that. If the Bengals can manage to play disciplined football and play within their assignments they may have a chance, but I do not see that happening enough to pull out a win.
The Redskins lead the NFL in scoring offense at 34.0 ppg (1st), while the Bengals scoring defense is amongst the league’s worst at 35.5 ppg allowed (29th). Coupled with the fact they may not have Leon Hall, I just can’t see how the Bengals can manage to outscore the Redskins in their home-opener with an electrifying crowd cheering them on. Redskins win, 31-23.
This game will be a free for all.Griffinbuying time with his legs will lead to some big plays butDaltonis no slouch. He has a lot of weapons, and if the molasses like Danny Amendola can light up the Redskins defense for 15 receptions and 160 yards then Andrew Hawkins will murder them. The Bengals have another WR that should be able to do some damage as well if they’ve adjusted to the underneath stuff. Losing Carriker and Orakpo is huge.
The Bengals struggle with running QBs, but the Redskins D is missing some key guys. I’ll say the Skins win a close one, 24-21.
This will be a true test to the Bengals defense. They are matched up against the #1 offense in the NFL right now, so not only will it be a test to stop a powerful offense, but to keep up with them on offense as well.
My prediction: Bengals win by a score of 28-24.