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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Washington Football Team Preview: Time To Get Hot

  • Cincinnati Bengals
  • Giovani Bernard
  • Joe Burrow
  • NFC East
  • NFL
  • Ron Rivera
  • The Washington Football Team
  • Zac Taylor
By Sam Connaughton November 20, 2020 0 Comment
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The Cincinnati Bengals head to FedExField to battle a frisky Washington Football Team in Week 11.

The 2-6-1 Cincinnati Bengals will travel East to do battle with a Washington Football Team. Washington has been playing teams incredibly tough recently and should be no cakewalk.

The Bengals have had great success against the team formerly known as the Redskins in recent years. They own the all-time series 5-4-1. These teams did tie in 2016, but the Bengals had won the past three meetings between these teams before that.

While this game might not jump off the page for the average fan, it has all the ingredients to be incredibly entertaining and competitive, on Sunday.

When the Cincinnati Bengals are on offense

This offense has to put its rookie quarterback in better situations. In their blowout losses to Pittsburgh and Baltimore, the offense was not able to get anything rolling. Some of that is on the coaches for lack of preparation. The offensive line is also partly to blame. Even Joe Burrow is at fault for some of the struggles of the offense. They will have to be on point Sunday.

It starts with eliminating dumb penalties that get the offense into predicaments. The Bengals lead the league in false start penalties. They need to get that cleaned up. They have to be efficient on first down in order to get Burrow into a manageable second and third. The Bengals offense was 0-13 on third down against the Steelers, mostly because they were looking at third and long for the majority of those plays. We have seen how efficient Joe Burrow can be when he is “Ahead of the sticks” and the Bengals need to get him into those situations.

If they can eliminate penalties, increase efficiency, this offense can put the Bengals in line for a W.

When the Washington Football Team is on defense

The way to stop the Bengals offense is simple. You have to make Joe Burrow feel uncomfortable. The Steelers and Ravens made Burrow look like a rookie, and it paid huge dividends for both teams. Washington might have the most underrated defensive front in football, and they will have an opportunity to rattle Joe Burrow. The defense will need to come out and set the tone early, just like the Steelers and Ravens did. If Burrow has time, gets into a rhythm, then this game is over. If Chase Young and company can pressure him and get the Bengals offense into vicarious situations, the upper hand in this game goes to the Football Team.

When the Cincinnati Bengals are on defense

The Cincinnati Bengals defense is terrible. They can look good for a quarter or two, but they have failed to put together the full 60 minutes.

That being said, the Bengals do not need to have a top defense to win this matchup. When you are not a good defense, you need to find ways to produce turnovers. The Bengals had opportunities to turnover the Pittsburgh Steelers offense last week, but couldn’t do it. They need to win the turnover battle in this game. The Bengals have come up with clutch turnovers at important moments in games this season. That needs to continue on Sunday.

When the Washington Football Team is on offense

This offense is not going to wow anyone with their talent. However, they do not need to be world-beaters this week. They need to be able to control the time of possession, limit the turnovers and keep the Bengals offense on the sidelines. The shoulder of the load falls on Alex Smith Alex Smith will need to play consistently for sixty minutes to force the Bengals defense to play honestly. Washington’s running backs Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic are going to have to be effective on the early downs to give this offense opportunities to convert. If Washington’s offense can sustain drives and dominate time of possession, it would put them in a great position to succeed.

Cincinnati Bengals X-Factor:

Joe Burrow, Tyler Boyd, and Tee Higgins have received a lot of credit this season for their play on offense. However, those guys are not the X-factor this week. The X-factor for this game is one of the most underrated and underutilized Bengals of recent memory, Giovani Bernard. Sure, Gio might not have all the physical gifts running back Joe Mixon has. However, he is about as solid of a running back as they come. He can run inside and outside the tackles. The North Carolina product is a great pass-catching back and is terrific in pass blocking. He is a leader of this football team and rarely makes mistakes. If Gio can run on this Washington defense, it is going to put this offense in positions to have success Burrow might be the conductor of the Bengals offense, but Giovani Bernard is the engine.

Washington Football Team X-Factor:

The 2nd overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft would love to get to the 1st overall pick this Sunday. Defensive end Chase Young is playing lights out and has all the looks of being an All-Pro. The man looks like he was built in a lab and is the overwhelming favorite to win Defensive Rookie of the Year. He could give this Bengals offensive line trouble and wreak havoc on the only man that picked in front of him in the 2020 draft, Joe Burrow.

Prediction:

Cincinnati Bengals-24

Washington Football Team-20


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