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PFF ReFocused, NFL Preseason Week 2: Cincinnati Bengals 23, Washington Redskins 13

Rookie NC State product Ryan Finley completed 20-of-26 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to a 23-13 win over the Washington Redskins.

PFF's ReFocused series features immediate takeaways from the two analysts who graded the game live. The two offer a detailed breakdown of the game's most notable performances before the grades and advanced stats are reviewed and finalized by Senior Analysts.

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Final Score

Cincinnati Bengals 23, Washington Redskins 13

Cincinnati Bengals

After a poor performance in the first preseason game, Ryan Finley rallied this week with a strong start against the Redskins. Finley was extremely accurate on his 26 attempts, completing 20 of them and keeping the offense moving down the field. Although Finley wasn't able to connect down the field, he did not put the ball in danger like he did last week. The Bengals must be liking the improvement they saw out of their backup signal-caller.

Defensive interior Kerry Wynn, an undrafted free agent from the 2014 class, had a strong outing for the Bengals on Thursday night. He picked up multiple positively graded plays in run defense and as a pass-rusher in the contest.

Washington Redskins

The Alabama boys in the middle of the Redskins' defensive line had quite a night. Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne were disruptive in both rushing the passer and stifling the run game of the Bengals. Both showed that they are in regular-season form and ready to create havoc for NFC East offenses this season.

On a night to forget for the Redskins' offense, Adrian Peterson stuck out most by taking Washington's first play from scrimmage for a 26-yard gain and a first down, showing a bit of elusiveness and solid burst for a 34-year-old running back.

Cincinnati Bengals

Tight end C.J. Uzomah stuck out on the first drive with some particularly bad holding calls that set the offense back on a couple of occasions. The Bengals moved the ball down the field that drive on some questionable unnecessary roughness calls. But Uzomah really struggled and was outplayed tonight by tight ends behind him Thursday night.

Rookie Michael Jordan didn't have an awful game in pass protection, but his effort in the run game was poor. He earned enough negative marks as a run blocker to drag his overall performance way down.

Washington Redskins

Redskins fifth-round pick Tim Settle underwhelmed in the second preseason, and UDFA Jonathan Bonner really struggled on the defensive line when the second units came out. Both players couldn't create much disruption rushing the passer, and both were outmuscled on several occasions trying to stand up to the run.

Geron Christian Jr., Washington's 2018 third-round pick, turned in a dismal performance both as a run-blocker and in pass protection. He had no answers for the Bengals' defensive front regardless of assignment.

[Editor's Note: All of PFF's player grades and advanced statistics are finalized and made available to ELITE subscribers within 24 hours of the final whistle of each game during the preseason. Sign up today to gain access!]

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