LONDON—Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, October 30, the day the Washington Redskins play the Cincinnati Bengals in London.
—Today's schedule: Redskins vs. Bengals, FOX, 1:30 GMT, 9:30 EDT
—Days until: Vikings @ Redskins 14; Packers @ Redskins 21; Redskins @ Cowboys on Thanksgiving 25
Injuries of note:
Out: Matt Jones (knee)
Questionable: Trent Williams (knee), Brandon Scherff (shoulder), Spencer Long (chest), Jordan Reed (concussion), Josh Norman (concussion), Bashaud Breeland (ankle), Jamison Crowder (groin)
Final thoughts on Redskins vs Bengals
—It was not unexpected to see the report that both Josh Norman and Jordan Reed will play against the Bengals but there is no doubt that the team was relieved to get the news of the final clearance from their concussions. Reed gives Kirk Cousins his favorite target back and Norman will help contain A.J. Green.
—There is a lot of concern about Green and there should be. He has a league-leading 50 receptions for 775 yards. And when he goes off and has a big day, the Bengals win. The sixth-year player averages 174 receiving yards per game in the Bengals’ three wins and 63 yards in their four losses. He can get some catches and some yards but it appears that the Redskins are in trouble if he goes off for more than 100 or so.
—As to the other players who were listed as questionable on the Friday injury report, I think all of them will play. I'm going to keep a close eye on Jamison Crowder with his injured groin and it's likely that Will Blackmon will return punts again. But Crowder and the others will almost certainly suit up.
—There will be plenty of focus on the Redskins rushing game with Matt Jones having been declared out for the game. In this game it will be important to keep Green and Andy Dalton off of the field as much as possible. That puts the spotlight on Rob Kelley and we will see if he can perform under such circumstances. I still think that Chris Thompson could get more carries, especially if the Redskins are playing from behind. The rushing game hasn’t been decisive for either the Washington offense or the Cincinnati defense. The Redskins are 2-1 when rushing for 120 yards or more in a game while the Bengals are 2-2 when allowing over 120 on the ground.
—It seems that the trip here erased any hangover that may have resulted from the Redskins loss to the Lions, a game that they gave away. They quickly turned their focus to London and the Bengals. I don’t think that gives them a big edge over the Bengals but it does help the team internally.
—I see the Redskins jumping out to an early lead and then spending the rest of the game trying to hold on to it. Cousins and DeSean Jackson finally hook up on a long one. Rob Kelley has a decent starting debut but nothing that will force the team to give him the starting job outright. Defensively, the Redskins get to Green a few times and while Norman doesn’t completely stop Green he slows him down just enough.
Redskins 24, Bengals 20
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