Bengals vs. Redskins Betting Guide: Will Week 2 Go Better for Dwayne Haskins?
Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7).
Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins
- Spread: Redskins -3
- Over/Under: 41
- Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
The Redskins host the Bengals in one of five NFL Preseason Week 2 matchups on Thursday night. Let’s take a look at key storylines for both teams, complete with a betting pick and daily fantasy analysis.
The Bengals were quietly #NotBad during the first half of last season. They racked up five wins in their first eight games while averaging 27.6 points per game (10th) with a mostly healthy offense outside of stud running back Joe Mixon, who missed two games over that stretch.
The wheels proceeded to fall off as injuries to pretty much every position group on the roster derailed the offense and defense alike.
This has been the story of Andy Dalton’s career. He’s performed admirably at times with a strong and available supporting cast, but we’ve seldom seen ‘The Red Rocket’ elevate his offense with superior individual performances.
Andy Dalton’s Adjusted Yards per Attempt by Season
- 2011: 6.2 (No. 21 among quarterbacks with eight-plus starts)
- 2012: 6.6 (No. 17)
- 2013: 6.9 (No. 12)
- 2014: 6.3 (No. 28)
- 2015: 8.9 (No. 3)
- Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones leave
- 2016: 7.5 (No. 12)
- 2017: 6.6 (No. 17)
- 2018: 6.8 (No. 24)
The biggest x-factor during A.J. Green’s (ankle) absence is expected to be Tyler Boyd, but don’t be surprised if ex-Rams offensive coordinator turned new-Bengals head coach Zac Taylor gets Mixon more involved than ever as a pure receiver.
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor spent 2017 and 2018 with the Rams …
Todd Gurley targets in 2015-2016: 84
Gurley targets in 2017-2018: 168
Joe Mixon targets in 2017-2018: 89 pic.twitter.com/MHIcgoN7nT
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) May 4, 2019
Things didn’t go great for Dwayne Haskins in his preseason debut last week, as he tossed two atrocious interceptions and was constantly pressured behind Washington’s sad excuse for an offensive line.
Still, Haskins did average a sturdy 8.4 yards per pass on his 14 attempts and chipped in 17 yards on the ground. He’ll need to continue to display improved mobility in order to have any hopes for Year 1 success as long as stud left tackle Trent Williams continues to hold out.
It’s tough to call any form of preseason action “good” football, but this matchup between two of the league’s worst teams could prove to be particularly tough on the eyes.
I’ll take my chances on betting against either of these underwhelming offenses finding much success in this glorified scrimmage.
PICK: Under 41