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Dalton, Bengals look regular-season ready vs Washington

August 27, 2017
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) rushes the ball as Cincinnati Bengals center T.J. Johnson holds back Washington Redskins defensive tackle Stacy McGee in the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

LANDOVER, Maryland (AP) — Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals’ starters looked regular-season ready, while Kirk Cousins and Washington still have some work to do.

Dalton was 8 of 13 for 70 yards and Cincinnati’s first-team offense and defense looked sharp against Washington on Sunday as the Redskins won each team’s third preseason game 23-17 on the strength of their backups. Linebacker Vontaze Burfict intercepted Cousins’ pass and returned it for a touchdown, stiff-arming the quarterback at the end zone and jumping into the stands, before leaving with a back injury.

A.J. Green had four catches for 43 yards, Jeremy Hill ran for 15 yards and a touchdown before his day was cut short with an ankle injury and the Bengals’ starters were 4 of 6 on third down. Chris Smith and rookies Jordan Willis and Carl Lawson each sacked Cousins as defensive coordinator Paul Guenther seems to have the edge rushers he was looking for.

Cincinnati running back Giovani Bernard ran for 25 yards on four carries in his first game since tearing the ACL in his left knee last season. The Bengals had taken a cautious approach in bringing Bernard back.

Washington got tight end Jordan Reed back after he missed the first two preseason games and almost the first month of training camp with an injury to the big toe on his left foot. Reed had two catches for 12 yards and didn’t look hampered by the injury.

After generating 1 whole yard in the first quarter, Washington’s starters eventually put together a touchdown drive, but also went three-and-out three times. Cousins was 10 of 19 for 109 yards and an interception as Washington’s first-team offense finished its exhibition action with nine three-and-outs on 15 possessions.

Both teams are 1-2.

SITTING OUT

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert and Redskins WR Josh Doctson were surprise scratches, though Doctson has missed time in camp with a hamstring injury. Washington rookie LB Ryan Anderson, who got a shoulder stinger in the first preseason game, was not in uniform after being considered a game-time decision.

INJURY UPDATE

Cincinnati: Along with his game-ending back injury, Burfict was evaluated for a concussion but cleared. ... RB Cedric Peerman suffered a left shoulder injury and TE Mason Schreck left with a knee injury.

Washington: DL Phil Taylor injured his left quadriceps muscle on the first defensive series and did not return. ... LB Junior Galette, who had been out with a hamstring injury, saw his first game action since Dec. 28, 2014.

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