The Bengals are playing on a short week as they get ready to suit up for their game against Washington on Thursday night.
This is a chance for players who may not have put their best foot forward in Week 1 to try and right the ship. Position battles are still far from decided, but guys are running out of chances as the season quickly approaches.
You shouldn’t expect to see a ton of the starters again this week. We will most likely see more of them during Week 3, which is the closest thing we’ll see to a dress rehearsal during the preseason. Still, head coach Zac Taylor’s motto has been keeping guys healthy for the season, and it is his first preseason. We’ll have to wait and see how he spreads out playing time among the players.
On the other side of the field is a familiar face. Jay Gruden still leads Washington as their head coach. He was previously the Bengals offensive coordinator prior to landing the gig in Washington. So much of the Bengals success early in Andy Dalton’s career is owed to Gruden who laid the foundation that offensive coordinator Hue Jackson even used after Gruden had moved on.
The Bengals showed off their shiny new offense last week as they scored a touchdown on their opening drive. The pressure is on the defense as they were dissected last week by one of the NFL’s best offenses.
Can the Bengals add a win in their final road game of the preseason?