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Cincinnati Bengals Inside Slant 2008-12-11

Cincinnati Bengals Inside Slant 2008-12-11
Coming off their first consecutive losses in franchise history by 30 or more points, the Bengals will try to get their second victory of the season Sunday at home against a Washington team now fighting for its playoff life.

The Bengals are 1-11-1, having been outscored 69-6 in the past two games and not having scored a touchdown in the past 11 quarters. They have just two touchdowns in the four games since their bye.

After getting blasted 35-3 at Indianapolis, Marvin Lewis, in a piece of coach-speak, promised his team would win the last three games.

Yeah, right.

"We are going to win the last three," Lewis told reporters this past Sunday. "We are going to work our butts off and get these last three wins. As I have told our players, there are things you can build on from a game like this, bad as it was."

Guard Bobbie Williams, a team captain, said he views the last three games -- against Washington, rival Cleveland and Kansas City -- as an opportunity.

"I'm looking forward to finishing this out," Williams said. "I want to end on a good note and go into the offseason feeling a little better than I do right now. I believe we can do that. Whatever our problems, I don't think anyone looks at us and sees a team that's giving up or pointing fingers."

For the third time in four weeks, Cincinnati will be facing a top-10 NFL defense. The Redskins rank sixth in fewest points allowed (18.9) and fifth in fewest yards allowed (282.8). Washington has, however, lost four of its last five following a 6-2 start. The Redskins have averaged only 10.6 points per game in their last five games, just a hair better than the Bengals' 10.0 average over that span.

The Bengals have the second-most losses in the NFL with a 1-11-1 record. They also lead the NFL in players on the injured reserve list.

Defensive end/linebacker Eric Henderson -- placed Wednesday on the season-ending injured reserve list -- became the 23rd Bengals player to go on IR this season, a franchise record.

To replace Henderson on the active roster, the Bengals signed rookie defensive end Chris Harrington from the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad. He was the Cards' sixth-round draft pick in 2008 from Texas A&M. He played in all four of Arizona's preseason games and was waived Aug. 30.

And, as anticipated, quarterback Carson Palmer was ruled out Wednesday for the game Sunday against Washington.

It will be the 10th consecutive game he has missed because of an inflamed right (throwing) elbow.

SERIES HISTORY: 8th regular-season meeting. The Redskins lead the series, 4-3, but the Bengals lead 2-1 in games in Cincinnati. The Bengals have played fewer games against the Redskins (seven) than any other long-established NFL team. The only teams with fewer meetings against Cincinnati are Carolina (three games; Panthers not established until 1995) and Houston (four games; Texans not established until 2002). This will be only the second Bengals-Redskins meeting in the last 17 years. The Redskins last played in Cincinnati in 1991, winning 34-27 at Riverfront Stadium, and the only meeting since then has been a 17-10 Bengals victory at Washington in 2004.

Author:Fox Sports
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Added: December 11, 2008

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