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WAS-CIN: Halftime Reccollections

Posted by Andrew Walker on September 23, 2012 – 2:33 pm

(AP photo)

The Cincinnati Bengals began things in a hurry on offense in the second quarter of today’s game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField.

Quarterback Andy Dalton led the no-huddle offense on a drive inside the Redskins’ 10-yard line. But on 2nd and goal, middle linebacker Perry Riley sacked Dalton, and after Cincinnati was unable to score on third down, it lined up for a short field goal.

But the Bengals tried to get cute and fake the kick. It didn’t work. Redskins safety Madieu Williams sniffed out ball carrier Kevin Huber — the Bengals punter — to force the turnover on downs at the Washington 6-yard line.

It was certainly an interesting beginning to the second quarter of action. At halftime, the Bengals lead, 24-10.

The Redskins’ offensive troubles continued on their first drive of the second quarter, after gaining just 43 yards in the first quarter. After a defensive pass interference call on their first play of the drive, they couldn’t go much further and were forced to punt for the third time in the game.

The Bengals responded with a six-play, 20-yard drive that took 3:15 off the clock and ended with a 47-yard field goal by kicker Mike Nugent to extend the Cincinnati lead to 10 at 17-7 with 4:36 left in the half.

The offensive woes continued from that point for the Redskins. On their second play of the ensuing drive, rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was crunched as he attempted to pitch the ball to running back Alfred Morris, and the ball squirted loose.

The fumble was recovered the by the Bengals’ defensive end Carlos Dunlap at the Washington 12-yard line, setting up a one-yard touchdown run by halfback BenJarvus Green-Ellis a couple plays later — a direct-snap to the rusher — and extending the Cincinnati lead to 17.

Redskins kick returner Brandon Banks provided a little spark on the ensuing kickoff, returning it 55 yards to the Cincinnati 48-yard line. Griffin III provided a little magic of his own, converting the Redskins’ first-converted third down of the game with an 11-yard rush.

On the next play, running back Evan Royster took the ball along the left end for a 12-yard gain, and the Washington offense was finally showing some life as the two-minute warning came and went.

The drive eventually turned into a 36-yard field goal by Billy Cundiff. It was an eight-play, 30-yard drive that took 2:42 off the clock.

There’s been plenty of frustrations on both offense and defense for the Redskins in the first half of today’s game. Because of some key defensive plays, however, the Redskins can consider themselves lucky to only be down two touchdowns at halftime.

CHIME IN: How can the Redskins improve heading into the second half of today’s game? Feel free to comment below.

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One Response to “WAS-CIN: Halftime Reccollections”

  1. By Andrea on Sep 23, 2012 | Reply

    How about a better offensive line and a better defensive secondary.

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