With the game tied 7-7 late in the first quarter, the Redskins lined up in Cover-0 and blitzed seven defenders on second and 20 from their 48-yard line.
Cornerback Josh Wilson slipped as receiver Armon Binns ran a speed out to the left sideline. Binns caught the pass and, with no safeties back to help Wilson, raced 39 yards to the end zone.
“All-out blitz,” Wilson said. “They ran a speed out. I stumbled a little bit, and it’s a tough route.”
For all of Washington’s defensive lapses, though, Griffin led the Redskins back from a 24-10 deficit to tie the game at 24 in the third quarter. The Redskins got their zone-read running attack going by moving speedy receiver Brandon Banks into the backfield and slowing the Bengals‘ defensive ends.
Washington’s defense, however, crumbled in the fourth quarter.
Rookie cornerback Richard Crawford became the third Redskins cornerback in as many games to give up a touchdown on a double move. This one, a 59-yard catch-and-run by Andrew Hawkins, came from out of the slot.
Crawford bowed his head and spoke softly as he recalled what turned out to be the decisive score.
“We’re [Cover-]0, double-move,” Crawford said, his frustration apparent in every word. “I didn’t even use my strength. I didn’t even look back for the ball. I can’t believe that. I’ve got to be better.
“Dude kind of stuttered into me, so I kind of stopped, and that’s when he burst to the middle of the field. I’ve got to take bullets sometimes. It’s a learning experience. It won’t happen again.”
The Redskins, however, made similar vows after last Sunday’s loss, and here they were explaining the same types of plays.
“It’s frustrating because we lose,” Golston said. “It’s my seventh year here, and it’s frustrating because I know the type of men we have. I know how hard we work. It’s just disappointing. I can’t really put it into words.”