Originally written on Redskins Hog Heaven  |  Last updated 11/20/14

DOH! So close. Bengals 38, Redskins 34.

1. Cincinnati threw the winning touchdown on the first play from scrimmage on a trick play. With QB Andy Dalton lined up on the line and WR Mohamed Sanu lined up in the Wildcat, Washington somehow, mysteriously, inexcusably lost tract of AJ Green. Green met up with Sanu's deep pass about 60 yards downfield and ran unhindered across the goal line.

Without that score, Washington-Cincinnati would have been the fourth game of the weekend to go into overtime and the Redskins would have had a shot for the win.  

2. To beat the Redskins, target the secondary and challenge DeAngelo Hall.

Redskins Should be 3-0 but now its Not b/c of QB play or offense why we lose, like previous years. Now its the defense. Frustrating for Fans

— Tony (@soupgfx) September 23, 2012
There is nothing new in that, but the Redskins expected pass pressure by the front-seven to minimize the exposure. It seemed that the Bengals double-teamed Ryan Kerrigan more with no Brian Orakpo to worry about. 

Rob Jackson had a nice day in Orakpo’s place. He made three tackles for a loss and had that sweet interception behind the goal line for the answering score to the Bengals’ trick play. But the Bengals handled the pass rush for most of the game. Dalton never seemed under duress.

Redskins fans should expect more shootouts. Washington won’t be on the short end for all of those, but there is no real fix for the secondary, except that our guys play better as the season goes on. Dalton is behind us, but Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger are AFC North opponents still on the schedule, along with our good friends Tony Romo, Michael Vick and Eli Manning.

I am convinced that no NFC East, or AFC North, team will have a 10-win season after beating each other up.

3. Unsportsman rewind – really? The Redskins suffered an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that took them out of scoring range. This time, the offender was Fred Davis. (Please, Redskins fans, not more death tweets. That’s unsportsmanlike, too.)

Robert Griffin III led the team from the Redskins two yard line to the Red Zone (19 yard line) without benefit of a time out. We haven’t see stuff like that since Joe Theismann in the last century. There was a false start penalty on that play, for which I would not be too critical. It was a chaotic situation. But “pro” is short for professional  ̶  the conduct we expect from these guys. An unsportsmanlike penalty with the game in the line is stealing from fans, not to mention teammates, coaches and fans.

4. Are the Redskins ever out of a game with RGIII at quarterback? I’m in awe of Washington’s last drive from the Redskins’ two to the Bengals’ 19 in six plays. Griffin is Mr. Cool Under Fire. The more his boys on offense see that, the sooner they will internalize it. Then we will see the end of fourth-quarter stupidity.

I'm forcing myself to wait until after Thanksgiving to call for the team to extend Griffin’s contract now, right now, when it’s cheap. I’m ready to do it now. Who’s with me on that?

If you tuned into my audio commentary during today's game, you noticed that long dead spot in the second half. That was the result of my stupidly walking out the door to walk the Hog Heaven mascot without my keys. Oops. Fortunately, the cavalry arrived with the spare key, but not until after the more exciting part of the game. I'm flagging myself for unsportsmanlike conduct on that one.

Like the Redskins' secondary, I'm trying to get better with the technology to see where it takes me. And like the secondary, I'm starting with pedestrian talent. We will all get better. 

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