There was talk about the Redskins tuning coach Jim Zorn out this past week. They played Sunday in Cincy like they not only tuned him out, but the entire coaching staff during a 20-13 setback that kills just about any shot of the team making the postseason.
Washington played like a team simply trying to play out the stretch the final three weeks, not one that had any intentions of playing extra football come January. They let the Bengals control the tempo from basically start to finish, going up 14-0 less than 12 minutes into the game, then after the Skins got within 17-10 they held them the second half to just three points.
The Bengals, a team that scored just six points the past two weeks, played inspired football. They outgained the Skins 310 to 280, and Ryan Fitzpatrick, who talked this past week about impending free agency, had his best game of the season. He was 16-for-29 for 209 yards with a TD and no turnovers with a QB rating of 89.6.
Jason Campbell was 17-for-28 for 167 yards with a TD, but overall the Skins offense was never able to come up with any big plays, as their longest pass play on the day was 20 yards and their longest run was for 17 yards, and that was Campbell. Clinton Portis was held to just 77 yards on 25 carries, a 3.1 yards per carry average.
Cedric Benson also had a solid day for the Bengals, putting up 73 yards on 21 carries, and also pulling in 3 catches for 88 yards, a big one of 79 yards. Cincy scored on three of their first four drives, going up 17-0 before the Skins finally got going on offense. The Skins got to 17-10 at the half, but then did little in the second half.
The key drive of the second half came when the Skins took their first possession of the third quarter and went 87yards in 12 plays, but then from 3rd-and-goal from the one, Mike Sellers fumbled, and the Bengals recovered, stopping the Skins threat. The Bengals kicked a field goal at the 2:20 mark of the fourth quarter to make it 20-10, then the Skins were able to get one back with 1:43 left, but it was not enough in the end.
The Bengals improve to 2-11-1 on the season. They travel to Cleveland next week. The Skins are now 7-7, and will be at home for the Eagles next Sunday at 4:15pm.