Mama said there’d be days like this, the song goes. You know the one. They were down. They were up. They were all the way hooked up. Robert Griffin III and the Redskins were defiant after getting down by three scores, mounting a ferocious third quarter comeback that rewarded jubilant Fed-ex fans, tying the back and forth game at 24. The home team would eventually score again, but the Bengals came up with two clutch TD’s during the same stretch to cap the day’s high scoring at 38.
Washington’s rag tag secondary were for all practical purposes helpless to stop the Cincinnati aerial bombardment, primarily emanating from Dalton to AJ Green, but also from Dalton to a host of other Bengal receivers. Washington attempted compensate by applying more pressure up front, but produced just two sacks on the day. A total of four receivers had TD catches for the Jungle men, as second year man A.J. Green led the way with 9 catches for 183 yards and a score. Second year quarterback Andy Dalton was an impressive 19/27 for 328 yards, 3 touchdowns and a lone INT given up to Redskins linebacker Perry Riley in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, the face of the DC franchise continued to showcase his sometimes jaw-dropping talents. Griffin was 21/34 on the day for 221 yards and the 3 yard TD toss to Moss. The majority of these yards were acquired in the second half, as the Redskins offense was anemic until the last possession of the first half, when they were able to kick a field goal to bring the contest to a 24-10 score. Tight end Fred Davis had his best game of the young season, reeling in 7 catches for 90 yards, leading the team.
Of the two biggest areas of concern going into the season, the offensive line and the defensive secondary, it is the Redskins defensive back end that has proven most problematic. All three of Washington’s contests have been high scoring affairs, yet the team has been out-gunned in two of them. It is clear that this is a model which is unsustainable. Although the defense made some plays today that were remarkably heads up and commendable, especially given the personnel playing, the Redskins now lead the league in touchdowns allowed, and that is very bad news for everyone.