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GAME PREVIEW
SEPTEMBER 23, 2012

TIME: 1 p.m. Sunday

PLACE: FedExField (Grass)

LOCAL RADIO: Play-by-play Dan Hoard and analyst Dave Lapham led by 1530-AM ESPN and 102.7-FM WEBN on the 25-station Bengals radio network.

TV: CBS broadcast team of Kevin Harlan play-by-play and Solomon Wilcots analyst. Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, Channel 27 in Lexington, Ky.

INJURIES
CIN: DE Jamaal Anderson (quad) out on season-ending injured reserve; CB Dre Kirkpatrick (leg) out. Starting LE Carlos Dunlap (knee), who hadn't practiced full go since the injury in the Aug. 10 preseason opener, teed it up this week for the first time and is expected to make his 2012 debut. Same with RB Bernard Scott (hand), who had only practiced limited before this week since he broke his hand the first week of August. Backup CB Jason Allen (thigh) also went full go this week after a month full of pulls. Starting CB Leon Hall (calf) didn't work Thursday after being limited Wednesday but it's believed he'll be able to go. No. 2 tight end Donald Lee (quad), who hasn't practiced full go since being a surprise Opening Day scratch, was limited Wednesday and Thursday, as were LE Robert Geathers (groin) and starting S Jeromy Miles (hip). RG Kevin Zeitler (hip) went full Thursday after being limited Wednesday.

WAS: Starting CB Josh Wilson (head) has been limited after suffering a concussion last Sunday but has been cleared and is expected to go. FS Brandon Meriweather (knee) has been limited but has yet to play this season. WR Pierre Garcon (foot) got hurt catching an 88-yard TD in the opener and has been limited since.
» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES
Tied, 4-4; Redskins lead at home 3-1; Bengals lead, 1-0, at FedEx.

NOTEWORTHY
» In Robert Griffin III the Bengals play their first quarterback born in the '90s (Feb, 12, 1990). They've now played a quarterback born in eight decades, starting when they played Oakland's 41-year-old George Blanda (Sept. 17, 1927) in their first year of play in 1968.

» In their only appearance at FedExField on Nov. 14, 2004, the crowd of 87,786 is the largest ever for a Bengals regular-season game.

» The only Bengal on the roster who played in that game is left end Robert Geathers, a rookie who made his first NFL start and recorded his second sack.

» Washington's Mike Shanahan began his head coaching career in 1988 with the Los Angeles Raiders, the year Bengals Pro Bowlers A.J. Green, Geno Atkins and Jermaine Gresham were born.

» Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden matches wits with an old boss, Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. Haslett was the head coach of the UFL's Florida Tuskers in 2009 and Gruden was his offensive coordinator.

» It marks the second straight week the Bengals are playing against a starter they drafted. Redskins safety Madieu Williams, drafted in the second round in 2004, was taken two rounds ahead of Geathers. Last week they played Cleveland's Frostee Rucker, a 2006 third-rounder.

» The Bengals have played the Redskins and Giants just eight times, their fewest games against non-expansion teams. They've played the Panthers (born in 1995) four times and the Texans (born in 2002) seven times. They play the Giants Nov. 11 at Paul Brown Stadium.

» Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis was the Redskins defensive coordinator in 2002 and it was a fortuitous match. Hue Jackson was the running backs coach before he became the Redskins offensive coordinator in 2003 and then joined Lewis's staff twice in Cincinnati, where he is currently the assistant special teams and secondary coach.

» Jackson went 8-8 in his first year as head coach of the Raiders last season and got fired. Shanahan went 8-12 with the Raiders before getting fired after the fourth game of his second season.

NFL RANKINGS
CIN: 16th in scoring, 18th in offense (tied for 16th rushing, 16th passing); 29th in scoring defense, 30th in defense (19th rushing, 29th passing), tied for 22nd in turnover margin at minus-2.

WAS: First in scoring, fourth in offense (fourth in rushing, 11th passing); 27th in scoring defense, 28th in defense (10th rushing, tied for 30th passing), tied for second in turnover margin at plus-5.

COACHES
CIN: Marvin Lewis 70-75-1 regular season, 0-3 postseason in his 10th season, 2-0 vs. Redskins.

WAS: Mike Shanahan 12-22 in third season, 165-125 in 19th season overall; 5-3 vs. Bengals (5-2 with Denver, 0-1 with Oakland); 2-1 vs. Lewis with Denver.

WEATHER
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for no chance of rain under mostly sunny skies and temperatures around 70 with winds out of the northwest at 10-20 miles per hour.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
» 166 - Wins for Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan
» 170 - Wins for Bengals founder Paul Brown
» 92-50 - Shanahan's record at home
» 29-44 - Bengals road record under head coach Marvin Lewis
» 2 - TD passes of at least 65 yards thrown by Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III, the first time a QB has done that in first two NFL games since Cincinnati's Greg Cook in 1969
» 50 - Bengals QB Andy Dalton's longest TD pass (Last week to WR Andrew Hawkins)
» 15 - Passes caught last week by Rams WR Danny Amendola, most ever by a Redskins opponent
» 13 - Combined career catches for four Bengals WRs: Armon Binns (9), Ryan Whalen (4), Marvin Jones (0) and Mohamed Sanu (0)
» 33 - Catches by Hawkins in his first 15 NFL games
» 33 - Catches by all-time Bengals leading receiver Chad Johnson in his first 15 games
» 12.3 - Yards per catch for Hawkins in his first 15 games
» 12.3 - Yards per catch for Johnson in his first 15 games
» 39 - Carries by RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis in first two Bengals games
» 24 - Carries by Green-Ellis in last season's first two games for New England
» 312 - Carries for Green-Ellis in 2012 based on his current pace
» 229 - Green-Ellis's career-high carries in 2010, when he had 15 in his first two games
» 9.56 - RG III's yards per attempt through first two games
» 9.41 - Bengals QB Greg Cook's NFL record for yards per attempt by a rookie in 1969
» 9.43 - Yards per pass the Bengals are allowing in the first two games

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