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Redskins 2016 Season Preview: Cincinnati Bengals, Week 8


*As the Washington Redskins get closer to the start of another season, will preview all 16 of the team's regular season games, continuing with today's look against the Cincinnati Bengals. *

The Bengals have become one of the more consistent teams in the NFL in recent seasons, as the Redskins will face a tough matchup in front of an international crowd.


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Result Of Last Game vs. Cincinnati:** Lost 31-38 on Sept. 23, 2012

Cincinnati's Key Additions: Signed WR Brandon LaFell, LB Karlos Dansby, S Taylor Mays; Drafted CB William Jackson (Houston), WR Tyler Boyd (Pittsburgh), DT Andrew Billings (Baylor), G Christian Westerman (ASU), WR Cody Core (Mississippi)

Cincinnati's Key Subtractions: WR Marvin Jones (free agent/Lions), WR Mohamed Sanu (free agent/Falcons), S Reggie Nelson (free agent/Raiders), T Andre Smith (free agent/Vikings), LB Emmanuel Lamur (free agent/Vikings), LB A.J. Hawk (free agent), CB Leon Hall (free agent)

Cincinnati's Pro Bowlers: DT Geno Atkins, TE Tyler Eifert, WR A.J. Green, CB Adam Jones, ST Cedric Peerman, T Andrew Whitworth, DE Carlos Dunlap

For the first time in franchise history, the Washington Redskins will play a game overseas in Week 8 of the 2016 regular season, as they'll face the Cincinnati Bengals at Wembley Stadium in London.

The Bengals have made the playoffs six of the last seven years and have won the AFC North three times during that span.

Last season, Cincinnati finished with their best record since the 1988 season with a 12-4 mark. The Bengals got off to an 8-0 start, but struggled some down the stretch and lost in the Wild Card Round to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

At quarterback, Andy Dalton once again will be under center. A second-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the TCU product has thrown for more than 18,000 yards and 124 touchdowns to just 73 interceptions in his career.

During the 2015 season, Dalton threw 25 touchdown passes to just seven interceptions, the first time in his professional career he's thrown less than 10 interceptions in a season.

Behind Dalton at the running back position, the Bengals have a two-headed rushing attack with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard. Both rushed for more than 725 yards last season which Bernard hauled in 49 receptions.

Even though Cincinnati lost wide receiver Marvin Jones to the Detroit Lions, they still have All-Pro A.J. Green.

Green, who has made the Pro Bowl all five of his NFL seasons, has recorded 415 receptions for 6,171 yards and 45 touchdowns in his career. Last year, the University of Georgia hauled in 86 catches for 1,297 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Cincinnati's No. 2 receiving threat last year was tight end Tyler Eifert. In his first two seasons, Eifert managed 42 receptions for 482 yards and two touchdowns, but experienced a breakout campaign in 2015 with 52 receptions for 615 yards and 13 touchdowns, the most of any tight end.

The offensive line will once again be anchored by Pro Bowl tackle Andrew Whitworth. Cincinnati allowed just 32 sacks last season while averaging 358 offensive yards per game.

Defensively, the Bengals return three Pro Bowl players in defensive tackle Geno Atkins, defensive end Carlos Dunlap and cornerback Adam Jones.

Atkins, 28, is one of the best defensive tackles at getting to the quarterback, as he's collected 43 sacks over the course of his first six NFL seasons while Dunlap, 27, is coming off a career-high 13.5 sacks. Cincinnati selected Baylor defensive tackle Andrew Billings, projected by many as a first-round talent, in the fourth round.

Jones, meanwhile, restored his career when he first landed with the Bengals in 2010. He's recorded three interceptions in each of the last three seasons.

The West Virginia product is joined by Dre Kirkpatrick and rookie William Jackson III at the cornerback position.

Kirkpatrick, a first-round pick in 2012, started 15 games last season and finished the year with 70 tackles.  

This game will also mark the first time Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has faced the Bengals since leaving to take his current position in Washington. Gruden was Cincinnati's offensive coordinator for three seasons before taking his first NFL head coaching position in 2014. 

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