Cincinnati Bengals vs. Washington Redskins

CIN
17
WAS
23
FINAL
1234T
CIN 773017
WAS 31001023

Game Information
Location: FedEx Field Landover, Maryland
Attendance: 52,016

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals' starters shrugged off a rough start to the preseason to finish exactly the way they wanted.

Dalton was 8 of 13 for 70 yards and Cincinnati's first-team offense and defense looked sharp against Washington on Sunday as the Redskins won 23-17 on the strength of their backups. A.J. Green had four catches for 43 yards, Jeremy Hill ran for 15 yards and the Bengals regulars' first exhibition touchdown before his day was cut short with an ankle injury.

"We just executed," Green said. "Once we're clicking on all cylinders and everybody's getting their touches, we can be a dangerous offense."

And a dangerous defense, too.

Linebacker Vontaze Burfict intercepted Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins' pass and returned it for a touchdown, stiff-arming the quarterback at the end zone and jumping into the stands, before leaving with a back injury. Chris Smith and rookies Jordan Willis and Carl Lawson each sacked Cousins as defensive coordinator Paul Guenther seems to have the edge rushers he was looking for.

"Good job today on third down, which was key," Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis said after his team dropped to 1-2 in the preseason. "We haven't played as well on third down defensively this preseason yet and so we made some good strides."

It was the opposite for Cousins and the Redskins' starters, who ended their preseason with nine three-and-outs on 15 possessions. Washington went three-and-out four times on Sunday as Cousins was 10 of 19 for 109 yards and an interception, which he called "entirely" his fault.

After generating 1 whole yard in the first quarter, the starters eventually put together a touchdown drive, but there's reason for the Redskins (1-2) to be worried about slow starts continuing in the regular season.

"I'm a little concerned," coach Jay Gruden said. "We just got to figure out something new, maybe eat a different pregame meal or something."

INJURY UPDATE

Bengals: RB Giovani Bernard ran for 25 yards on four carries in his first game since tearing the ACL in his left knee last season. ... Along with his game-ending back injury, Burfict was evaluated for a concussion but cleared. ... RB Cedric Peerman suffered a left shoulder injury and TE Mason Schreck left with a knee injury. ... TE Tyler Eifert (tendinits) did not dress.

Redskins: DL Phil Taylor injured his left quadriceps muscle on the first defensive series and will have an MRI. ... LB Junior Galette, who had been out with a hamstring injury, saw his first game action since Dec. 28, 2014. ... TE Jordan Reed made two catches for 12 yards after missing the past month with a toe injury. ... WR Josh Doctson sat out with hamstring/groin soreness, and rookie LB Ryan Anderson was out with a shoulder stinger.

ROOKIE WATCH

Bengals: WR John Ross flashed some speed on a jet sweep in his preseason debut. Ross, who set the 40-yard dash record at the scouting combine and was a first-round pick, had been held out to recover from shoulder surgery. ... RB Joe Mixon, getting extra carries with Hill going out with an injury, ran eight times for 31 yards and fumbled an exchange with Dalton. ... DT Ryan Glasgow made a fourth-and-1 stop in the third quarter.

Redskins: C Chase Roullier, starting in place of the injured Spencer Long, had some good downfield blocking on a day most of the offensive line struggled. ... RB Samaje Perine didn't do much to challenge Rob Kelley's starting job, gaining 5 yards on 5 carries. ... CB Joshua Holsey had a sack and looks like a good bet to make the roster.

POSITION BATTLES

Bengals: Hill versus Mixon got derailed by injury, and Bernard's return adds him to the mix. ... K Randy Bullock made a 53-yard field goal, while rookie Jake Elliott was wide right from 45 yards, his first miss of the preseason.

Redskins: Zach Brown and Mason Foster again started at inside linebacker, leaving Will Compton to play with the second team.

QUOTABLE

Ross: "This is my first week so I've still got a lot of growing to do, a lot of learning to do."

Gruden on Cousins' attempt to tackle Burfict: "To let a guy score a touchdown on our home field is unacceptable, so I'm happy he did that."

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bengals Redskins
03:45 Jeremy Hill 3 yd run (Randy Bullock kick) 7 0
00:26 Dustin Hopkins 51 yd FG 7 3

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bengals Redskins
11:18 Vontaze Burfict 62 yd interception return (Jake Elliott kick) 14 3
05:10 Rob Kelley 1 yd run (Dustin Hopkins kick) 14 10
00:58 Dustin Hopkins 44 yd FG 14 13

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bengals Redskins
10:53 Randy Bullock 53 yd FG 17 13

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Bengals Redskins
14:55 Derek Carrier 9 yd pass from Colt McCoy (Dustin Hopkins kick) 17 20
03:41 Dustin Hopkins 26 yd FG 17 23

Team Stats
  Cincinnati Washington
1st Downs 19 14
Total Yards 312 255
Passing 175 159
Passing Completions/Attempts 17-29 18-30
Yards/Pass 5.8 4.8
Rushing 137 96
Rushing Attempts 37 25
Yards/Rush 3.7 3.8
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles Lost 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Possession 31:52 28:08

Cincinnati Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
AJ McCarron 7 13 82 6.3 0 1
Andy Dalton 8 13 70 5.4 0 0
Jeff Driskel 2 3 33 11.0 0 0

Washington Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Kirk Cousins 10 19 109 5.7 0 1
Colt McCoy 8 11 76 6.9 1 0

Cincinnati Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Joe Mixon 8 31 3.9 0 6
Jeff Driskel 4 29 7.2 0 14
Jarveon Williams 10 26 2.6 0 5
Giovani Bernard 4 25 6.2 0 9
Jeremy Hill 5 15 3.0 1 7
John Ross 1 8 8.0 0 8
Andy Dalton 3 7 2.3 0 6
Tra Carson 1 4 4.0 0 4
Kevin Huber 1 -8 -8.0 0 -8

Washington Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Rob Kelley 10 57 5.7 1 21
Mack Brown 3 13 4.3 0 8
Chris Thompson 3 9 3.0 0 5
Kirk Cousins 1 8 8.0 0 8
Samaje Perine 5 5 1.0 0 4
Matt Jones 2 5 2.5 0 3
Colt McCoy 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Cincinnati Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Alex Erickson 3 51 17.0 0 28
A.J. Green 4 43 10.8 0 17
Kermit Whitfield 1 30 30.0 0 30
Jarveon Williams 2 19 9.5 0 16
Brandon LaFell 2 13 6.5 0 7
Tyler Boyd 1 12 12.0 0 12
Joe Mixon 1 6 6.0 0 6
Darrin Laufasa 1 5 5.0 0 5
Cethan Carter 1 4 4.0 0 4
Tyler Kroft 1 2 2.0 0 2

Washington Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Chris Thompson 1 27 27.0 0 27
Matt Hazel 2 25 12.5 0 14
Jamison Crowder 2 24 12.0 0 13
Derek Carrier 2 22 11.0 1 13
Vernon Davis 2 21 10.5 0 12
Brian Quick 2 19 9.5 0 13
Terrelle Pryor Sr. 1 17 17.0 0 17
Jordan Reed 2 12 6.0 0 6
Matt Jones 2 10 5.0 0 7
Niles Paul 1 5 5.0 0 5
Rob Kelley 1 3 3.0 0 3

Cincinnati Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Nick Vigil 4 2 0 0
Vontaze Burfict 3 1 0 0
Will Clarke 3 1 0 0
Carlos Dunlap 3 0 0 0
Ryan Glasgow 3 1 0 0
Kevin Minter 3 1 0 0
Brandon Bell 2 2 0 0
Wallace Gilberry 2 1 0 0
KeiVarae Russell 2 0 0 0
Derron Smith 2 2 0 0
Jordan Willis 1 0 1 11
Carl Lawson 1 0 1 8
Chris Smith 1 0 1 7
Bene Benwikere 1 0 0 0
Demetrious Cox 1 0 0 0
Jordan Evans 1 1 0 0
Clayton Fejedelem 1 0 0 0
Marquis Flowers 1 2 0 0
Dre Kirkpatrick 1 0 0 0
Tony McRae 1 0 0 0
Geno Atkins 0 1 0 0
Darqueze Dennard 0 1 0 0
Marcus Hardison 0 2 0 0
William Jackson 0 0 0 0
Michael Johnson 0 1 0 0
Alonzo Russell 0 0 0 0

Washington Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Will Compton 4 1 0 0
Mason Foster 4 1 0 0
Will Blackmon 3 0 0 0
Deshazor Everett 3 0 0 0
Pete Robertson 3 0 0 0
Martrell Spaight 3 4 0 0
Bashaud Breeland 2 1 0 0
Joey Mbu 2 0 0 0
Montae Nicholson 2 1 0 0
Josh Norman 2 0 0 0
D.J. Swearinger 2 0 0 0
Joshua Holsey 1 0 1 10
Zach Brown 1 3 0 0
A.J. Francis 1 2 0 0
Kendall Fuller 1 0 0 0
Junior Galette 1 1 0 0
Tevin Homer 1 0 0 0
Matt Ioannidis 1 0 0 0
Nico Marley 1 0 0 0
Stefan McClure 1 0 0 0
Jeremiah McKinnon 1 0 0 0
Preston Smith 1 0 0 0
Fish Smithson 1 1 0 0
Lynden Trail 1 2 0 0
Zach Vigil 1 0 0 0
Jonathan Allen 0 3 0 0
Quinton Dunbar 0 0 0 0
Josh Harvey-Clemons 0 0 0 0
Terrell McClain 0 1 0 0
Colt McCoy 0 0 0 0
Fabian Moreau 0 1 0 0
Zach Pascal 0 0 0 0
Nick Sundberg 0 0 0 0

Cincinnati Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Vontaze Burfict 1 62 1

Washington Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Fish Smithson 1 63 0

Cincinnati Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Alex Erickson 1 18 18.0 0 18
Tony McRae 1 13 13.0 0 13

Washington Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

Cincinnati Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Alex Erickson 2 7 3.5 0 7
Tyler Boyd 1 2 2.0 0 2

Washington Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Will Blackmon 2 14 7.0 0 8
Maurice Harris 1 11 11.0 0 11

Cincinnati Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Randy Bullock 1 1 100.0 53
Jake Elliott 0 1 0.0

Washington Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Dustin Hopkins 3 3 100.0 51

Cincinnati Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Kevin Huber 3 141 50

Washington Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Tress Way 3 157 55