Someone form a search party, Mike Shanahan is looking for his secondary.
The first play from scrimmage was a sign of things to come. The DeBurnt brothers (DeJon Gomes and DeAngelo Hall) got caught looking in the backfield and 10 yards behind them A.J. Green pranced into the end zone. If someone would have told me that Dalton had only 19 completions for the game, I would have taken that, and would have expected a win. But not if you also told me A.J. Green would have 183 yards receiving and that would account for less than half of the total passing yardage for the Bengals. The Redskins secondary got beat, and got beat often. The Bengals scored on pass plays of 73 yards to Green, 48 yards to Armon Binns and the real dagger of 59 to Andrew Hawkins that would be today’s fatal blow. In addition, literally every player that caught a pass for the Bengals had at least one reception for over 20 yards. There is no way to win a game if you give up that many big plays.
Now all passing yards can’t always be pinned on the secondary, you do need a decent pass rush to help out. But 401 yards. You shouldn’t give up that many yards in a 7-on-7 passing drill.
When the offense scores 24 points, you should win most games. You add a defensive touchdown by a linebacker, and you increase those chances. I feel for the most part the front seven and the offense did a good enough job to win the game. (I would like to see better pass protection and a lot less of the college play named the option, but that’s for a different post on a different day.) You can’t win with the “effort” that we saw out of the Redskins secondary. We knew lots of points would be scored today, and that the Redskins secondary would be a liability, but now I think we definitely know where the Redskins will be looking in free agency next year.