NFL Week 3 continues on Sunday and we will see the Cincinnati Bengals travel to the Nation's Capital to take on the Washington Redskins. The game is scheduled for a 1:00 PM (Eastern) start time and it will be televised live on CBS.
After getting blown out 44-13 at Baltimore in its season opener, Cincinnati's defensive woes continued last Sunday in a 34-27 win over Cleveland. Andy Dalton threw for 318 yards and a career best-tying three touchdowns, but the Bengals (1-1) were outgained 439-375 in total offense. Cincinnati has allowed an average of 434.5 yards to rank 30th in the league - a far cry from the 316.3 per game it surrendered in 2011. While losing Thomas Howard - last season's leading tackler - to a torn ACL suffered at practice last Thursday certainly hasn't helped. Though he'll take a backseat to Griffin in the phenom quarterback department on Sunday, Cincinnati's Andy Dalton tied a career high with three touchdowns passes last week and posted a career-best 128.2 passer rating as well. He is 3-1 in his career against the NFC, while the Bengals are 4-1 when his rating reaches three digits. Formerly of New England, running back and offseason addition BenJarvus Green-Ellis has seven touchdowns in his last eight games against NFC opponents and 12 scores in his last 18 games overall. On the outside, wide receiver A.J. Green caught his first touchdown pass of the season last week, while counterpart Andrew Hawkins had a 50-yard catch for his first score as a Bengal.
The Redskins haven't been immune to the injury bug themselves.Two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker also went on injured reserve following Washington's 31-28 Week 2 loss to St. Louis. Orakpo tore the pectoral muscle near his left shoulder and Carriker tore a tendon in his right knee, weakening a unit that allowed 452 yards against the Rams. Washington will use Rob Jackson and Chris Wilson to try and fill Orakpo's void. Jarvis Jenkins likely will start in place of Carriker. Though his win/loss record fell to .500 after Week 2, Griffin has been nothing but a difference-maker so far for the Redskins, leading all NFL rookies and placing fourth overall in the league with a 111.6 passer rating while completing 39-of-55 throws for 526 yards, three touchdowns and a single interception. He's the first rookie since 1969 with a passing touchdown of 65 or more yards in each of his first two games and also leads all quarterbacks with 124 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Speaking of rookie playmakers, running back Alfred Morris has a league-best 185 rushing yards for first-year players and is tied with Griffin with a rookie-best two scores. Against St. Louis, he and Griffin became the first quarterback/running back duo to each have 80 rushing yards since 1958. Last week the Redskins went south in terms of maturity with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that proved costly against the Rams. Wide receiver Josh Morgan threw the ball at cornerback Cortland Finnegan after making a catch in the final seconds, leaving the Redskins with a fourth-and-16 situation at the St. Louis 44-yard line. One snap later, kicker Billy Cundiff missed a potential game-tying 62-yard field goal.
With all the defensive injuries on a couple of team that were not all that good defensively to begin with, I have to look to the Over in this one. RG3 has been spectacular this year as he has put up 526 yards with 3 TD's and has run for another 124 yards. The Bengals are 30th in total defense (434.5 ypg) and 29th vs the pass (305.5 ypg) and I don't see those numbers getting much better vs this high powered Skins attack. The Skins defense was hit very hard and they are very thin in the DB and that should allow Andy Dalton and this offense to put up some points on a Skins team that has allowed 405 ypg and is 30th vs the pass (313.5 ypg). Both offenses should have good showings vs a couple of weak defenses as this one hits 50+ with ease.