The Cincinnati Bengals take on the Washington Football Team in our Nation’s capital in week two of the National Football League preseason. The Washington Football Team will try and shake off an opening loss while the Bengals aim to improve to 2-0.
Friday night’s kickoff is at 8 p.m. EST inside FedEx Field in Landover, MD. Fans can catch the game live on the NFL Network. WFT is a 4.5-point favorite over the Bengals, and the point total over/under is pegged at 35.
What to Know – Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals opened their preseason with a 19-14 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Joe Burrow was on the sideline in the opener as he works his way back from the horrific knee injury he suffered last season. Burrow’s expected to remain out for most of the preseason, handing the snaps over to backups Brandon Allen and Kyle Shurmur.
The Bengals showcased a balanced offensive attack in the opener, dropping back to pass 29 times while rushing 35. Allen started under center and completed 7-of-10 passes for 77 yards with one interception. Shurmer added 108 yards through the air on 12-of-19 passing with one pick also.
Undrafted running back Jacques Patrick carried the ball a team-high 15 times for 71 yards, and fellow rookie Chris Evans tallied 12 touches for 25 yards and a touchdown. Cincinnati kickers Austin Seibert and Evan McPherson were both perfect 2/2 on field goal attempts.
The Bengals’ defense forced three turnovers and held the Buccaneers to only 159 yards of total offense.
What to Know – Washington Football Team
The Washington Football Team began preseason play with a 22-13 loss against the New England Patriots. WFT moved the ball well all night offensively but could not turn a lot of their drives into points.
Projected starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick saw a few series as he adapts to his new offensive scheme after coming over from the Miami Dolphins in the offseason. Fitzpatrick should see a bump up in snaps on Friday, but the reserves will control most of the snaps.
Backups Steven Montez (17/24, 108 yards, one TD, one INT) and Taylor Heinicke (9/15, 86 yards) took most of the reps under center for WFT. Rookie running back Jaret Patterson led Washington in rushing (10 carries, 40 yards) and receiving (four receptions, 30 yards). Running backs Peyton Barber and Lamar Miller each found the endzone for WFT.
Washington had one of the best defensive units in the league last season but played many of their reserves in the opener. Expect more of the starters to see additional playing time Friday night in game two.
The Pick is In
Last week’s game wasn’t pretty for head coach Ron Riviera and his Football Team, but they get a chance to rebound Friday night against a Burrow-less Bengals squad. Washington’s defense gets things going Friday night and beats Cincinnati by a pair of field goals.
The Pick: Washington Football Team -4.5