The Washington Redskins are back on top of the NFC East.
The Cincinnati Bengals are coming off their first losing season in four years.
They also won’t be on the schedule for the second consecutive year.
That makes for an interesting division for the Redskins, and one that will have a major impact on how the team plans on using the bye week.
Let’s start with Cincinnati, where the Bengals are going to be looking to bounce back from a season where they lost nine of their final 11 games.
That included a season-worst 10-7 start.
That came after they finished 11-5.
The Bengals are expected to have a new coach, a new offensive coordinator, a different quarterback and a new defensive coordinator.
The Bengals also have a lot of turnover on their offensive line, which could make the job of the Redskins offensive line a challenge.
And they have one of the most dangerous offenses in the league in Andrew Luck.
Luck has been sacked at least 13 times and is averaging an NFL-high 5.3 yards per attempt.
It will be interesting to see how the Redskins’ offense will play this week, especially since the Bengals offensive line will likely have to adjust to a new quarterback.
Luck is a quarterback that will get sacked and will have to learn to deal with pressure.
That should make for a challenge for the Bengals.
And with Luck’s quarterback rating of 116.5, it could be a real challenge for a defense that is expected to be a top-10 unit.
There is also a chance the Redskins could see the return of their running game, which has been decimated in recent years by injuries to Alfred Morris and James Starks.
Morris was released in free agency.
Starks has been lost for the season with a torn ACL.
Both players were part of the Bengals’ most recent winning season.
That season was a huge reason why the Bengals went 12-4.
Morris rushed for 1,079 yards and 17 touchdowns.
He was the NFL’s second-leading rusher behind Le’Veon Bell.
The team also won the AFC North and went 11-4 in the postseason.
The last time the Redskins lost to the Bengals was in 2011, and that was the team’s last season with both Morris and Starks on the roster.
The Redskins could be looking at a new franchise quarterback in the near future.
It also helps the Redskins that they will be playing in a stadium that is only six games behind FedEx Field in the NFC South.
But they will also have to play at FedEx Field on Saturday.
It’s the home of the Cincinnati Bengals.
The last time that happened, the Bengals were 8-8.
This year’s game could be the last time they play at a stadium in the same division that has played a Super Bowl team in six of the past seven years.
In addition to being at FedExField, the Redskins will also play the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
That game could also be a potential test of how the teams’ offenses and defenses will play against each other.
The Redskins have lost two of their past three games.
They have also lost two games in a row.
The other two losses came in the last two weeks of the season.
So it is very possible that the Redskins offense could struggle with turnovers.
If that happens, the offense will struggle with how to keep the ball and how to stop the run.