Bengals (2-6-1) at Washington (2-7)
Cincinnati leads the series 5-4-1 as the Bengals have a stretch of four straight games without a loss. The last game was at London’s Wembley Stadium in 2016 where the two teams played to a 27-27 tie. Washington’s last win was a 34-27 decision at Cincinnati in 1991.
The Bengals have lost four out of their last five while the Redskins have fell in seven out of their last eight. Cincinnati’s lone win came in a 33-25 decision over Jacksonville in Week 5. The Redskins’ only ‘W’ was a 25-3 shellacking of Dallas in Week 8.
Cincinnati rookie wide receiver Tee Higgins has been hot as he looks for his fifth game in a row with five or more catches and 70 or more receiving yards. Washington wide receiver Terry McLaurin looks for his third in a row at home with at least seven receptions, 90 yards and a touchdown.
Vs. The Spread:
Cincinnati checks in at 2-6- ATS as Washington is 3-5-1 and the Bengals are 3-2 on the road vs. the number while Washington serves up a 2-2-1 home ledger. Something has to give as the Bengals are 0-16-1 SU on the road in their last 17 games while Washington is 3-14 SU in it’s last 17 home games. The total has gone over in four of Cincy’s last five games and the total has gone OVER in seven of Washington’s last eight vs. the AFC North.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Cincinnati Bengals||+1 (+103)||+105||O 47 (-110)|
|Washington Football Team||-1 (-123)||-125||U 47 (-110)|
The Bengals dropped a 36-10 decision at the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers as the Cincinnati pass defense was shredded by Ben Roethlisberger for 333 yards and four touchdowns.
Washington trailed Detroit, 24-3, mid-3rd quarter, before quarterback Alex Smith put together a pair of 11 play touchdown drives and Antonio Gibson scored on a pair of touchdown runs to tie the game 24-24 with 6:09 remaining. Detroit’s Matt Prater made his third field goal of the day with three seconds remaining as the Lions shaded the Redskins, 30-27.
When Cincinnati Has the Ball:
Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow has had a solid season so far as the Bengals just don’t have the players around him to make a difference in the win column. Burrow is second in the league in pass attempts (370) and completions (242) and he has already thrown for 2,485 yards although he has been sacked 32 times. He has five 300-yard passing games and is one shy of the rookie record of six. One strong suit is at wide receiver where Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and A.J. Green give Burrow a dynamic receiver room. The Bengals’ rushing attack has not been in sync all season with injuries to leading rusher Kenny Mixon as he has missed three games.
Washington has the NFL’s top pass defense in giving up only 194 yards per game. Cornerback Kendall Fuller has been strong at home with three interceptions and four deflections in the four home games. He and Ronald Darby will have an interesting matchup in containing the Bengals’ passing game.
When Washington Has the Ball:
The Alex Smith story is an incredible measure of resilience and his 390-yard passing day and 38 receptions last week were career bests.
Cam Sims is emerging as a viable option in the Washington offensive attack as he has nine catches for 154 yards in his last two games. Sims complements Terry McLaurin’s brilliance this season as McLaurin leads Washington in both receptions (57) and yards (787).
The Bengals have struggled on defense all season and the idea of Smith getting down field to McLaurin and Sims looks like a huge possibility all afternoon as Cincinnati is 26th in the league against the pass as the Bengals only have six interceptions and very little move up front with only 11 sacks. Safeties Jessie Bates and Vonn Bell are the Bengals’ two leading tacklers.
Winner: Washington 30 (-1), Cincinnati 27
Over-Under: OVER 47