This is a game that may slip past bettors' eyes because of the caliber of teams competing. Cincinnati and Washington are two of the worst teams in football, but they go over a lot.
They're a combined 10-7-1 on the over this season. They're both in the bottom half of the league in scoring offenses, but the same goes for their defenses. These are two evenly matched teams that have gone over on the year against good and bad teams.
Alex Smith had a breakout game last week. He was 38-of-55 for 390 yards against Detroit. This is a great indication of how he'll perform this week against Cincinnati.
Joe Burrow will rise to the occasion. He has played like a rookie this season at times, which is to be expected, but he's a competitor. He's ninth in the league in passing yards per game. He should be able to turn this into points against an average Washington defense.
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.
His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.
When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.