The Washington Redskins didn’t perform particularly well in their preseason opener. They’ll look to change that in their second preseason contest against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Winning in the NFL preseason don’t matter. Everyone knows that at this point. But, the results of the game do matter. And the results in the Redskins preseason opener weren’t good. At all.
The Redskins did have some positives in their preseason Week 1 loss to the Browns. But the negatives outweighed those positives. Their offensive line looked problematic while their defense struggled on the first possession of the game and regressed in the second half. If the Redskins are going to be competitive in the 2019 season, they are going to have show improvement in their problem areas. And it has to happen fast.
That’s the beauty of the preseason though. The jump from Week 1 to Week 2 can sometimes be huge. And the Redskins will just look to grow after a rough start. Plus, the first-action jitters will be out of the way, so the younger players will have at least a handful of NFL reps under their belts.
In the second week of the preseason, the Redskins will play at home for the first time. They will take on the Cincinnati Bengals who are, for the first time in many years, undergoing quite a bit of change. Marvin Lewis is out as head coach and Zac Taylor is in. Now, Taylor will have a chance to remake the Bengals’ roster in his vision. And that could be similar to Sean McVay’s, as Taylor coached under McVay in Los Angeles.
The Bengals will provide a good test for the Redskins and should afford them an opportunity to learn more about their own team. Ahead of that Thursday-night matchup, here’s a look at a full preview, matchups to watch, and a score prediction for the Redskins vs. Bengals preseason meeting.