Cincinnati Bengals: 3 storylines for Week 2 exhibition play against the Redskins

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The Cincinnati Bengals travel to D.C. to take on the Washington Redskins in the second week of the 2019 preseason.

With the first game of the exhibition season in the rearview mirror, the Cincinnati Bengals are again on the road, this time against the Washington Redskins. Both teams are coming off of a loss, and both will look to find some preseason traction on Thursday night.

The Bengals lost 38-17 at Kansas City in a game that had some positive moments. Typical of a first preseason game, Cincinnati looked good on an opening drive under veteran quarterback Andy Dalton, then settled into a fairly uneven performance.

Same can be said for the Redskins, who get a second consecutive look at an AFC North team. Washington drooped a 30-10 egg at Cleveland, as they look to figure out a quarterback situation that is murky heading into Week 2 of the exhibition season.

Cincinnati has some considerable work to do with three weeks left in the preseason and probably only two more weeks to look at the starters. One positive this week is the availability of running back Joe Mixon. Mixon has been extremely optimistic about first-year head coach Zac Taylor’s offense, however, the likelihood of him playing is little to none.

The Bengals would like to see some significant growth after the loss last week. While wins and losses in the preseason are inconsequential, progress is critical. Against the Redskins, Taylor will be looking for more than what he saw against Kansas City.

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