Redskins vs Bengals

Redskins vs Bengals: Live NFL Preseason 2019 Week-2, Thursday, 15 August. Watch Online Tv Channel We feel like we have depth on this team. We feel like we have talent. For us to be without some of our starters, I thought we did a great job,” Dalton said in the locker room after the first preseason game.

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Granted, the Chiefs’ ineptitude on defense is a major reason why they lost to the New England Patriots in last year’s AFC Championship Game. The Chiefs ranked No. 31 in total defense in 2018. Cincinnati was the only team worse.

The Redskins aren’t a stout defense either, although, they should pose a better challenge.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Dalton and the first-string offense can build on the brief momentum they had in Kansas City.

Mixon and Giovani Bernard are expected to see limited action. Bengals Head Coach Zac Taylor said the team is still making “decisions” on Eifert.

Reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes lit up Cincinnati’s starting unit playing without Geno Atkins, William Jackson III and Carl Lawson.

Mahomes made easy work of the Bengals on a touchdown drive that was seven plays and covered 83 yards. The quarterback was 4-of-4 passing, and the defense gave up two chunk plays, one 36 yards to Travis Kelce and the other to Blake Bell for 23 yards.

“There were really two plays on the first drive in Kansas City that got us,” Taylor said. “Obviously, the first play of the game – the big play down the sideline to (Travis) Kelce, and then when they ran the RPO (run-pass option) and we didn’t have flat control there and they got another explosive play.

“We’re just asking the guys to play fast, play with confidence and play with good eyes. That’s one thing they can do better as a defense, as a whole, and they will.”

Tackling was an issue as well. The Bengals accounted for eight missed tackles versus the Chiefs. The team discussed tackling and wrapping up better this week.

“Missed tackles and playing the ball. That’s something that we can do better. That’s stuff we practice on every day, playing the ball and running through guys,” Bengals linebacker Preston Brown said. “We got to take an emphasis on that on defense.”

Can Finley continue improving? The rookie quarterback is going to have his biggest test yet in D.C. Finley is preparing to play with the second unit on Thursday night. He’ll compete against guys who will actually be on an NFL roster come Week 1 as opposed to last week when he faced players on the bottom of the depth chart and guys who will be searching for another NFL job in a couple weeks.

“From our perspective, he’s been making the improvements that you would expect to see from a rookie quarterback,” Taylor said. “We’ve always seen his traits as a passer and his football IQ. He’s more than capable of doing it, and he showed that in the game the other day. He’s in a good rhythm, and he’s very comfortable. He throws a catchable ball. He had good ball placement on every throw.”

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ryan Finley (5) looks to throw during Cincinnati Bengals training camp practice, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, at the practice fields next to Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. (Photo: Kareem Elgazzar)
On the opposite sideline, there will be a more highly touted rookie quarterback. The Redskins drafted Dwayne Haskins Jr. No. 15 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft to be their quarterback of the future. Haskins is slated to get a good amount of playing time against the Bengals.

“This is Mike’s time to get a shot with the ones. It really comes down to that. It’s a little quicker than we thought it was going to be because he played so well in the first game. Because he played so well in the first game we want to see what he can do with the first team,” Bengals offensive line coach Jim Turner said this week. “When you play with those better players on the first team, you should have more of a chance to shine yourself. We want to give him that opportunity.”

Offensive guard Mike Jordan (60) blocks defensive end Sam Hubbard (94) as quarterback Andy Dalton (14) takes the snap. (Photo: Kareem Elgazzar)
Jordan allowed two pressures in 36 snaps in his first preseason game. He’s part of a four-way battle at left guard between John Jerry, Trey Hopkins and Christian Westerman.

“The team deserves the best guard. And right now, we’re having a competition and I’m enjoying every second of it,” Jordan said.

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