Bengals WR Chad Johnson vs. Redskins' secondary:
Johnson likely will be lined up against both starting corners -- Fred Smoot and Shawn Springs -- depending which side of the field he is on, as the Redskins rarely switch them around. Johnson ranks fifth in the AFC with 624 yards receiving, is the team's primary target and is capable of breaking a big play at any moment. Johnson can win physical battles at 6 feet 1 and 192 pounds, and Springs, who is taller and heavier than Smoot, may be best suited to handling him in one-on-one coverage, although Washington's safeties will pay close attention to the receiver as well. Johnson has nearly twice as many catches as anyone else on the Bengals and with wide receiver Peter Warrick out for the season with a leg injury, Johnson carries a heavy burden in this offense.
Redskins RB Clinton Portis vs. Bengals' front seven:
Portis is on pace for a 1,600-yard season and has topped 140 yards in two of the last three weeks as the Redskins rushing attack hit its stride. Chances are he is in line for 30-plus carries again today, considering how inept the Bengals have been against the run. Cincinnati ranks last in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game, allowing a staggering 150 yards per contest. They lack playmakers on the defensive line and start two rookies in the front seven. Portis has been effective running both inside and outside, and could be in for another big day.