This is going to be a shootout.
The Redskins have given up an average of over 30 points per game and they will line up on Sunday, and for the rest of the season, without end Adam Carriker and linebacker Brian Orakpo. They let Rams receiver Danny Amendola, a good but certainly not dominant receiver, catch 15 passes on them last Sunday.
The Ravens hung up 44 on the Bengals in the season opener and they made rookie Brandon Weeden look like a seasoned veteran in a 34-27 Week 2 win. After posting a single-digit QB rating in Week 1, Weeden lit up Cincinnati with 322 yards passing, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
And both offenses have weapons. Robert Griffin III is both the triggerman for the offense and a threat to score every time he touches the ball, whether he launches the ball through the air (three TD passes, including passes of 88 and 68 yards) or carries it himself (two touchdown runs).
Bengals QB Andy Dalton isn’t as dynamic as RG3—Dalton has run six times for 15 yards compared to 20 for 124 for Griffin—but he is a very efficient quarterback. He can throw to the towering A. J. Green or the diminutive Andrew Hawkins. Either one can torch a defense.
This could be a game where whoever has the ball last will win it. It seemed like last Sunday’s Redskins game was going to be like that only the team with the last meaningful possession lost its chance on a boneheaded penalty.
RG3 almost got his first stirring comeback win against the Rams. It say here he’ll get it this Sunday with a fourth-quarter TD pass.
Redskins 30, Bengals 27