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Posted by: on Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Washington Redskins Need to Overcome Injury Bug To Beat Visiting Bengals

The Washington Redskins and the Cincinnati Bengals tee it up Sunday in the nation’s capital with the Redskins listed as a 3-point favorite in the NFL odds. For the Redskins to cover the line, they will first and foremost need to overcome a pair of devastating injuries on the defensive side in the ball.

In its 31-28 road loss to the St. Louis Rams in Week Two, the Redskins lost two starters from its defensive front-seven that will be out for the season. Linebacker Brian Orakpo will be sidelined with a torn pectoral muscle and defensive end Adam Carriker suffered a torn quadricep muscle. These are big blows to to a front-seven that was considered a strength of the Redskins entering the season.

More specifically, the Redskins solid pass rush figures to suffer and that could leave a suspect secondary vulnerable to big plays from the Bengals top pass-catching duo of quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green.

Through the first two games this season head coach Mike Shanahan has put a much bigger emphasis on Redskins running game than a year ago and he may need to continue that strategy this week. A major reason for that is top wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who had more than 100 yards receiving and a touchdown in Week One, is likely to miss his second straight game against the Bengals because of a foot injury.

To illustrate the Redskins increased emphasis on its running game, CSN Washington pointed out Robert Griffin III’s 55 total pass attempts to this point ranks 27th in the NFL. However, because of the rushing success, the Redskins are averaging 8.7 yards per pass attempt which ranks No. 2 in the NFL.

Home teams have done extremely well through the first two weeks of the NFL season and Washington could keep that trend going against the Bengals. Even with the injury issues, look for the ‘Skins to cover the three-point line Sunday.


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