There's no doubt that the defense took a step back in the second half. After keeping the Redskins to only three points in the first half (keep in mind, the lone Redskin touchdown in the first half was a defensive one), they allowed them to put up 21 points and keep this game close.
Terrence Newman further proved that he needs to retire—he is a veteran who leaned with his head as RG3 was going out of bounds. Stupid play. Washington was marching down the field and probably would have scored if the last second penalties hadn't taken place.
There were definitely good signs from today's defense—Carlos Dunlap's return, for example. If we can get this secondary shaped up, it should be a feared defense.
Wow. Day and night change for this Cincinnati defense. Alfred Morris is really impressing me right now as he continues to come out of nowhere to make a serious impact for the Redskins' offense.
RG3 isn't particularly effective still, not even having eclipsed the century mark in passing yardage. The D might be a little harsh, but the fact is that Washington put up more points in quarter three than they put up in the first half—for that, the grade has to suffer a little bit extra.
They would get another A+ had Washington not put up points. Despite that, the Cincinnati defense has been incredible. Coming into the season, they were expected to be tough, but today's game has featured a whole new level of dominance.
Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap have formed an incredible duo on the line and they've been pressuring RG3 all day long.
Oh, and that hit that Pacman laid on Santana Moss—good God it had to hurt!
At this moment, the seemingly powerful Washington offense has been stifled by the Bengals' defense. This is not what I expected—maybe before the season started, it was, but after allowing Brandon Weeden to throw for 300 yards last week, I thought RG3 may get 400.
So far, Michael Johnson has been an absolute monster, recording four tackles and two sacks, which came on consecutive plays.
The defense is clicking on all cylinders and has the young RG3 baffled, so things are firmly in the Bengals' control.