INTERVIEW – TREVOR MATICH – WMAL’s Redskins Analyst – analyzed the Bengals vs Redskins last night.
- Bengals’ defense shines in 23-13 win over Redskins
- Redskins-Bengals takeaways: Dwayne Haskins, defense stand out but special teams need work. (Washington Post/Scott Allen) — Top takeaways from the Redskins’ 23-13 loss to the Bengals in their second preseason game:
- Dwayne Haskins’s second impression includes first touchdown: Just as he did last week, the rookie first-round pick started strong after replacing Case Keenum at quarterback. Haskins connected with tight end Jeremy Sprinkle in the flat for Washington’s first third-down conversion of the game late in the second quarter, and while he threw too high for Robert Davis on the next play, he redeemed himself moments later. On third-and-eight from the Washington 45-yard line, Haskins stepped up in the pocket with a pair of Bengals defenders bearing down on him and released a perfect pass to Davis, who caught the ball in stride at the Cincinnati 20 and raced into the end zone. Haskins, who threw a pair of interceptions in his preseason debut last week, struggled to find a rhythm after that, completing 7 of 14 passes for 114 yards before being removed midway through the fourth quarter. He also fumbled after being hit from his blindside and the Bengals recovered. The play was reviewed and it was confirmed that it was indeed a fumble and not an incompletion.
- Familiar names get some reps: You still needed a roster to recognize the Redskins on the field for most of the night, but a lot more of Washington’s projected starters and key backups suited up than last week at Cleveland. Adrian Peterson showed no signs of rust or age, breaking off a 26-yard gain on his first carry of the preseason. Vernon Davis was on the receiving end of a pair of Case Keenum completions for 43 yards. On defense, rookie pass rusher Montez Sweat started, but had a quiet debut. Fellow defensive linemen Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen were both in on tackles during their limited reps in the first quarter and safety Landon Collins delivered a big hit on Cincinnati’s first play from scrimmage.
- Turnover story: The Redskins’ defense has shown a nose for the ball through two preseason games. After rookie cornerback Jimmy Moreland forced a pair of fumbles last week in Cleveland, safety Montae Nicholson opened the scoring on Thursday with a 96-yard interception return for a touchdown. Payne made the pick-six possible by deflecting Andy Dalton’s pass at the line of scrimmage. The Redskins had one defensive touchdown all of last season, and it came on a fumble recovery. Greg Manusky’s unit is expected to be a strength of this team, and one of the marks of a great defense is scoring from time to time. No matter who is named the starting quarterback, the offense could use all the help it can get.