We have officially entered games that will have more of an impact on draft order than actually mean anything for the 2020 season. The Bengals and the Washington Football Team are both working their way towards earning top 10 selections after these teams picked first and second in last year’s draft. Obviously, those picks haven’t had an instant impact on either team, but that isn’t to say these rookies haven’t shown promise.
The future is bright with Joe Burrow at quarterback. Even if he is coming off one of his worst performances of the season, you can still see the command he has over this offense and team as a whole. He will be facing a pretty tough defense this week in Washington, but they don’t really compare to the Steelers defense he played a week ago.
This will be Chase Young’s first chance to play the Bengals, a team that opted to pass on him. Had Cincinnati not had such a major need at quarterback, there may have been a conversation for him to make his way to the Queen City. Instead, he will get a chance to show them what they missed out on, even if Burrow was obviously the right choice.
We will also get to see Alex Smith play quarterback, which is just an amazing feat. He has overcome a situation where it was possible he was going to lose his leg to return to the field. He will be facing a defense that is looking for answers after getting torn up by Pittsburgh’s passing attack last week. Jessie Bates will have to come up with a game changing play or two this week from his safety position to set the tone.
Neither of these teams are playing for anything more than pride and momentum at this point, but that shouldn’t stop this from being an interesting game.
Game: Cincinnati Bengals (2-6-1) at Washington Football Team (2-7)
Date/Time: Nov. 22nd, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: FedEx Field in Washington D.C.
Series Leader: The Bengals lead the series 5-4-1
Streak: The Bengals have won three of the past four
Coaches vs. Opponent: Zac Taylor: (0-0). Ron Rivera (1-0-1)
Television: The game will air on CBS-TV. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WKRC-TV (Ch. 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Ch. 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Ch. 27) in Lexington. Broadcasters are Spero Dedes (play-byplay) and Adam Archuleta (analyst).
Radio Broadcast: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
SB Nation Washington’s site: Hogs Haven
Weather: Low 60’s, overcast with possible light rain [NFL weather]
Odds: Bengals open, +1.5 [Odds Shark]
- Joe Burrow passed for 213 yards and a touchdown without an interception last week. He aims for his third game in a row without an interception. He has at least two touchdowns and a passer rating of 105 in two of his past three games. Burrow has seven touchdowns and two interceptions in five road games this season. He ranks third in the NFL with 242 completions and leads rookies with 2,485 passing yards.
- Giovani Bernard has a touchdown in three of his past four games. He has at least 75 yards from scrimmage in two of his past three games. He had a rushing touchdown in the last meeting. Samaje Perine led the team with a season-high 48 rushing yards last week. He had 822 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns in two seasons with Washington (2017-18)
- Tyler Boyd aims for his fifth game in a row with at least five catches. He has a receiving touchdown in two of his past three games. He had five catches in the last game against Washington. Rookie wide receiver Tee Higgins had 115 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown on a career-high seven catches last week. He aims for his fifth game in a row with at least five catches and 70 receiving yards. He has a touchdown catch in two of his past three games. Higgins ranks third among rookies in catches (40), receiving yards (603) and receiving touchdowns (four).
- Jessie Bates had seven tackles, a tackle for a loss and two pass deflections in Week 10. He aims for his third game in a row with at least seven tackles and two pass defenses. He has six pass defenses in his past four games on the road. Bates ranks fourth among safeties with 64 tackles. Vonn Bell had two passes defended last week. He has 21 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a pass deflection in two career games against Washington. Tony Brown led the team with a season-high nine tackles and had two tackles for a loss and a pass defense last week.
- Alex Smith set a career-highs in completions (38) and passing yards (390) last week and has 300 passing yards in consecutive games for the first time in his career. He had 386 pass yards and a 95.2 passer rating in his last game against Cincinnati. (10/4/15 with the Chiefs).
- Antonio Gibson had 65 scrimmage yards and two rushing touchdowns in Week 10. He aims for his third game in a row at home and fourth in a row overall with a rushing touchdown. He leads all rookies with seven rushing touchdowns. J.D. McKissic had seven receptions and first rushing touchdown of the season last week. He has at least six receptions in five of his past six games. He ranks third among running backs with a career-high 41 catches this season. McKissic and Gibson (26 receptions) are one of two sets of running backs (Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams) with 25 catches each in 2020.
- Terry McLaurin had seven receptions for a team-high 95 receiving yards last week. He is one of three wide receivers with six games of with at least seven receptions this season. Rookie wide receiver Isaiah Wright had a career-high six receptions for 59 yards last week. Cam Sims aims for his third game in a row with 50 receiving yards. Logan Thomas had a career-high 66 receiving yards in Week 10.
- Kamren Curl had eight tackles and his second-career sack last week. He is the fifth rookie defensive back since 2010 with a sack in consecutive games. Chase Young leads all rookies with 3.5 sacks this season. Jon Bostic aims for his fourth game in a row with at least six tackles. Kendall Fuller had a season-high eight tackles last week. He has three interceptions and four passes defended in four home games this season.
Bengals history against Washington
|10/30/2016||Washington Redskins||Cincinnati Bengals||T/OT|
|09/23/2012||Cincinnati Bengals||Washington Redskins||W|
|12/14/2008||Washington Redskins||Cincinnati Bengals||W|
|11/14/2004||Cincinnati Bengals||Washington Redskins||W|
|09/22/1991||Washington Redskins||Cincinnati Bengals||L|
|12/17/1988||Washington Redskins||Cincinnati Bengals||W/OT|
|12/15/1985||Cincinnati Bengals||Washington Redskins||L|
|12/09/1979||Cincinnati Bengals||Washington Redskins||L|
|10/06/1974||Washington Redskins||Cincinnati Bengals||W|
|10/25/1970||Cincinnati Bengals||Washington Redskins||L|