--Series is tied 4-4
--Redskins have only played the Ravens, Texans, and Jaguars fewer times than the Bengals
--Of the teams that have been existence since the merger in 1970, the Bengals are tied with the Chiefs for fewest meeting with the Redskins with 8
--Redskins have won 3 of the 4 meetings at home and lost 3 of the 4 meetings in Cincy. Our lone win in Cincinnati came in 1991; the Bengals only win in DC came in their last trip in 2004
--Redskins won the first meeting in 1970, 20-0 behind two Sonny to Charley Taylor TD passes
--The teams did not play from 1992-2003 and there was a huge gap between games in Washington (1985-2004)
--Their last five meetings have all been decided by a TD or less
Obviously very slim pickens. I pretty much hate every other NFL team for one reason or another, but I've always sort of rooted for the Bengals for whatever reason (dug their helmets when I was a kid). Might be due in large part to the fact that we have almost no history with them.
--Without a doubt, the 1991 game is the first (and pretty much only) game that comes to mind for me. We got out to a big lead that day, but the Bengals fought back (Boomer always gave us fits no matter where he played) and tied the game at 27 late. Gerald Riggs scored his third TD of the game to put us back ahead...we wound up winning 34-27. The Bengals were very good from the mid 80s through 1990, but that game was almost like their last stand for the next 15 years...we improved to 4-0; they fell to 0-4 and then went 15 years before making the playoffs again. I remember feeling like we were pretty indestructible after that game...I was right.
--The 1988 game in Cincy sort of sticks out for some reason as well....last game of the year, Gibbs' worst season.. Bengals would wind up losing the Super Bowl about a month later to Joe Montana and his heroics. We had a late lead, but a long TD pass from Boomer tied it, and Jim Brfeech kicked a short FG in OT to win it. I can still see that kick go through the uprights for some reason....it was meaningless for us at that point other than it ensured a losing season at 7-9; only one under Gibbs the first time around. Also remember that game was on a Saturday, seemed like we had one of those late in the season very regularly through the late 80's and early 90's.
--I know we had a big comeback in 1985 at RFK, but I do not recall the details
--The 2004 game at FedEx was pretty "blah." Like many games that year, our D played OK, but the offense couldn't get rolling. We were out of it by then and I don't recall any real frustration from that one.
--Even though we still had playoff hope in 2008 going into Cincy, I'd pretty much packed it in. Even though the Bengals were 1-11 going in, I had no confidence, which is all you needed to know about how we played down the stretch that year. I can always tell how "into" a game I was by how vividly I recall the details. I don't recall many details from that day...I know we had a huge fumble on the goal line...I believe it was Sellers? That game just helped put me out of my misery that year.