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WAS-CIN: Fourth Quarter Conclusions

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 23, 2012 – 4:23 pm

(AP photo)

The magic that the Washington Redskins’ offense captured in the third quarter of today’s 2012 home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals didn’t carry over into the fourth quarter.

The Bengals, meanwhile, were able to take advantage, scoring two touchdowns early in the fourth quarter and holding on for a 38-31 victory in front of 80,060 fans at FedExField.

The loss moves the Redskins to 1-2 on the young season, while the Bengals are 2-1.

The Redskins were able to narrow the Bengals’ lead to 7 with a 12-play, 90-yard drive that culminated in a Robert Griffin III 2-yard touchdown run, his third rushing touchdown of the season.

With 3:35 remaining on the clock, the Redskins lined up for an onside kick. Kicker Billy Cundiff’s attempt was nearly perfect, but tight end and special-teamer Niles Paul was called for illegal touching a hair shy of the required 10 yards the ball needed to travel, which gave the Bengals the ball at the Washington 44-yard line.

But on their next drive, Cincinnati was forced to punt on a 4th and 7 with 1:57 remaining. That kick was downed all the way at the Washington 2-yard line, setting up a potential game-tying drive as the fans chanted “R-G-3! R-G-3!”

The drive went like this:

Griffin III pass to Joshua Morgan for 11 yards. Griffin III pass to Leonard Hankerson for 12 yards. Griffin III rush for 10 yards; personal foul on cornerback Terence Newman adds 15 yards and puts the ball at the 50-yard line. Griffin III rush for 19 yards and gets out of bounds. Griffin III sacked for loss of 15 yards and then spikes the ball to set up 3rd and 25 from the Cincinnati 34 with seven seconds remaining. Tight end Fred Davis was called for a false start, and the Redskins were called for an unsportsman like conduct penalty. 3rd and 45 fell short, and the game ended.

It was surely an interesting ending to an interesting game.

The good from today? The Redskins scored 17 unanswered points to tie the score at 24 in the third quarter, bringing the crowd back into the game.

The bad? Other than that quarter, the offense struggled mightily, and the defense struggled for the third straight week, giving up too many big plays.

Also, left tackle Trent Williams left the game with an apparent knee injury. If he’s lost for an extended period of time, that could be huge for the Redskins’ offense.

The Redskins will try to rebound next Sunday as they travel to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers.

CHIME IN: What do you think led to today’s loss? Feel free to comment below.

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18 Responses to “WAS-CIN: Fourth Quarter Conclusions”

  1. By Chris on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply


  2. By burnt on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    where are our DBs and why not leave a rb in to help pass protect?

  3. By Colin on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Our secondary is absolutely POROUS. They miss assignments, get burnt in man on man, and the “Safeties” continue to be in the wrong place at the wrong time with their hands on their hips. O-Line had some issues as well, and a Williams loss at this point (with Orakpo/Carriker/other key player losses) could be fatal to ANY hope

  4. By S.D. Platt on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Opposing teams have obviously found a BIG weakness in the secondary that needs to be addressed right away!

  5. By Marc on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    No secondary and offensive line. RG3 played very well for the abuse he took. Needs to settle down at times but overall great game for him. Hall needs to be cut where is Merriweather? And look at all the x db’s doin their thing around the nfl. I hate having to watch such a horrible game and call myself a skins fan.

  6. By MG on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    What was the unsportsmanlike call for?

  7. By Kristi on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    What was the unsportsmanlike conduct call for?? What happened? We didn’t see what happened, as soon as the clock hit zeroes, the game was cut off and switched to a different game. And why weren’t the Bengal’s called for their coaches & players being on the field before the game was over? We thought that is NOT allowed??? My sisters and brother-in-law are at the game, and they don’t even know why that last penalty was called.

  8. By joe on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    to bad the skins were not ready for the home opener , O line sucks

  9. By Eddie on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Oh great…in the beginning of the season I was highly concerned about our offensive line, after this game our secondary is at the top of my list!!! Too many big plays today!!! This hurt our blitz scheme!!!

  10. By Ron on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    Our defense were terrible today When you score 30 points in a game you should win game but with no defense showing up that is bad Our offensive line was not much better the bengals were in the backfield all day RG3 did ok considering no blocking. If it wasn’t for RG3 and Morris we would have been in big trouble all day.

  11. By burnt on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    So, what starters are out both safeties, Rak, Carriker, Trent, Griffen, and Brown? Also if RG3 keeps running he might be next!

  12. By robert griffin the turd on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    I’m tired of Griffin lovers complaining about the secondary. The secondary sucks because we traded away any chance of improving it. Our offense is all GIMMICK. We looked like Navy out there. Our qb got half his yards against a prevent D. He can’t drop back in the pocket and complete a pass without a diversion. Pathetic performance. We scored 24 at home to the Bengals. Not good enough. The Browns got 24 as well.

  13. By jefeweiss on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    RGIII loked great in the no-huddle, like he played his whole college career in it. Oh wait, he did. Maybe we should do that all the time.

    Also bring back Cooley and play two or more TEs all the time to help the tackles.

    Our secondary has it’s issues but I don’t know if there’s too much we can do this season. Maybe bring in a bunch of UDFAs and guys who got cut for try outs and try to find some hidden gem.

  14. By bad_refs on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Besides the obvious officiating issues during the game that the media has highlighted, did anyone notice that the clock kept running after Hankerson ran out of bounds after his 12 yard catch? These precious seconds would have allowed 1-2 more plays…crucial considering our field position at the time.

  15. By The Mad Duke on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    and with the first pick of the 2nd round the Washington Redskins select…

  16. By KA on Sep 24, 2012 | Reply

    Same old redskins..year after year, same old story! Getting your franchise qback with major holes at crucial positions and this is what you get! The coaches just look dumb to me though – it may be time for a change at year end.

  17. By ThaBoyAPhicial on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    This game to me was the most disturbing considering how the refs were. It seems like only one person on here paid attention to the clock moving at the 7:00 mark each time we caught the ball and stepped out of bounds the clock would stop on the broadcasting or viewers to see on tv but only those that went to the game could see the clock had never stopped which would explain if u paid close attention the clock would start back up after the huddle now im no fool if im not mistaken the clock is supposed to start running when the ball is snapped but in our case this happened about 3 times not just once we lost about a minute and some change with no time outs. So im scared of these refs they are ruing the season already. Can’t forget on the onside kick or after the whistle blew the clock was still running for like 20 seconds.

  18. By Mgfrick on Sep 25, 2012 | Reply

    @KA seriously a new coach don’t be like Snyder you can’t switch out coaches every time you have a bad season we’ve had how many coaches the past decade be real or secondary needs some work we do need to play two TE s and a referee strike is killing the game I’m a skins fan for life and mike shanahan is doing his job it’s the nfl commissioner that needs to be lynched greedy pig he is taking a 25 year vets pension then using junior varsity league officials so he can rack in another 10million xtra watch they officials giving certain players pointers on the field it’s a joke right now and I think the coaches and players should strike too

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