Game day notes for Redskins vs. Bengals

September 23, 2012

The Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals square off at 1 p.m. in the Redskins’ home opener.

 The Redskins look to rebound from a 31-28 loss last week to the St. Louis Rams, while the Bengals are coming off of a 34-27 win over the Cleveland Browns.


Alfred Morris (Tom Gannam/The Associated Press)

Washington is a three-point favorite in this game. The Redskins are 4-4 against the Bengals all-time.

 The Redskins are again expected to be without wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who remains hobbled by an injured right foot. Last week Aldrick Robinson got the start opposite Josh Morgan, but it appears that Leonard Hankerson could start this week.

 The Redskins’ defense looks to overcome the losses of linebacker Brian Orakpo and end Adam Carriker while also trying to cure struggles in a secondary that has given up 313.5 passing yards a game (second most in the NFL).

 Here are some fast facts for this game:

  • The Redskins aim to improve upon their 29-13 record in home openers since the 1970 league merger. Washington has won its last five home openers dating back to 2007.
  • A win today would give Washington a 12-4 record in home openers at FedEx Field.
  • With a win, the Redskins would improve to 2-1 for the 34th time in team history and 2-1 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2007.
  • The Redskins have rushed for at least 150 yards in each of their last two games. A third 150-yard performance today would mark the first time since 2008 that Washington has produced such a streak.
  • With an interception today, London Fletcher (playing in his 227th consecutive game) would become only the third active player to record at least 20 interceptions and 30 sacks, and the seventh in NFL history to do so since sacks started being recorded in 1982. Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher are the two other active players to do so.
  • With two rushing touchdowns today, Robert Griffin III would tie the franchise record shared by Eddie LeBaron and Joe Theisman with four rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single season.
  • Griffin enters the game with touchdown passes of 88 and 68 yards. He has a chance to become the second player since 1994 to throw for touchdown passes of 50 yards or longer in three consecutive weeks. Aaron Rodgers did so in Weeks 5-7 last season.
  • Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan aims to record a sack in three consecutive games for the second time in his career. The last time he did so was Weeks 9-11 last season.
  • With an 85-yard rushing performance today, rookie running back Alfred Morris would join Larry Brown (1972) and Stephen Davis (1999) as the only players in team history to open a season with three straight 85-plus-yard rushing performances.

 Some connections between these two teams:

  • The Bengals drafted Redskins safety Madieu Williams in the second round (56th overall) in 2004. He spent four seasons with the team.
  • Redskins receiver Dezmon Briscoe was a member of Cincinnati’s practice squad in 2010.
  • Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was the Redskins’ assistant head coach/defensive coordinator in 2002.
  • Cincinnati linebackers coach Paul Guenther was an offensive quality control coach with Washington from 2002-03.
  • Bengals assistant special teams/assistant defensive backs coach Hue Jackson was the Redskins’ assistant coach from 2001-02 and the offensive coordinator for Washington in 2003.
  • Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett coached with Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden with the UFL’s Florida Tuskers in 2009.
  • Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall played under Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer when Zimmer held the same title in Atlanta in 2007.
  • Hall and Bengals defensive end Jamaal Anderson were teammates in Atlanta in 2007.
  • Washington defensive end Stephen Bowen played under Zimmer when the coach was defensive coordinator in Dallas in 2006.
  • Redskins defensive end Kedric Golston and Cincinnati defensive end Robert Geathers and tackle Dennis Roland were teammates at Georgia.
  • Washington offensive linemen and Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap and safety Reggie Nelson were teammates at Florida.
  • Redskins tackle Trent Williams and Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham were teammates at Oklahoma.
  • Washington tight end Fred Davis, Cincinnati linebacker Rey Maualuga and safety Taylor Mays played together at USC.
  • Redskins running back Evan Royster and Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still were teammates at Penn State.
  • Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins, cornerback Crezdon Butler and Bengals defensive tackle Brandon Thompson were teammates at Clemson.
Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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