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Bengals vs. Redskins live blog; home debut for quarterback RG III

Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap sacks Robert Griffin III and forces a fumble during the first half. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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AND THAT'S A WRAP: Redskins hurry up offense works only until it doesn't.  Bengals win 38-31.

FOURTH QUARTER: Bengals don't bother trying  54-yard FG attempt with 1:57 left. They punt. Redskins begin work at their 2 with no timeouts and 1:47 now remaining.

FOURTH QUARTER: Early touch on onside kickoff gives Bengals possession with good field position.

FOURTH QUARTER: RG III scores on a run from the 2. Still hope for Redskins fans with 3:35 left. Bengals, 38-31.

WELL: Seven minutes left, Redskins have no timeouts and they're down by two touchdowns. . .

FOURTH QUARTER: My, my, my. Dalton to Andrew Hawkins for 59-yard scoring pass. FedEx groans. Bengals, 38-24.

FOURTH QUARTER: Crummy non-call on potential PI infraction against Cincy. It was a clear penalty.

RANDOM THOUGHT: The best thing about FedEx Field is that it's so easy getting home after the game.

FOURTH QUARTER: Jermaine Gresham caps long drive with TD catch from the 6. Bengals, 31-24.

FOURTH QUARTER: D-Hall facemask call gives Bengals ball inside the red zone.

HEADS: "Right there, the ball hits the chalk." Chalk? Really?

FOURTH QUARTER: No review? Ah, there it is. This could be big.

ONE REMAINING: Quarter, that is. Still 24-all.

THIRD QUARTER: So much for field position and momentum. Redskins punt.

THIRD QUARTER: Bengals' Green-Ellis fumbles for the first time in a milltion years. Redskins ball at midfield.

THIRD QUARTER: Griffin short toss from the 3 to Moss. Touchdown. Tied at 24 late in the quarter.

NETWORK HEADS: "The Redskins are looking to tie up this football game." As opposed to what? The Redskins are looking to tie down this basketball game? Heads. . .

GUARANTEE: Kyle Shanahan saw something at hafltime and pounced. Washington suddely is gashing the Bengals.

THIRD QUARTER: Long Redskins drive ends with TD run by Alfred Morris. Game on. Maybe.  Bengals, 24-17.

THIRD QUARTER: Pacman with a needless horse-collar.

THIRD QUARTER: Redskins get the ball first, moving with a passing first down on third down.

NUMBERS: RG III has completed five of his 10 passing attempts for 36 yards and run for 23 on three carries. Um. . .this is against a defense that came in third-worst in the league.

HALFTIME: Weird game early then not so much. Anyone have a Nats score or an update on Tiger's round?

SECOND QUARTER: Fourth down. Skins at the 18 with a fourth-and-three. Enter Billy Cundiff. Good with 31 seconds left in the half. Bengals, 24-10.

TWO-MINUTE WARNING: Whatever. Redskins are in field goal range.

SECOND QUARTER: Green-Ellis in from the 1. Bengals, 24-7. No one's kicking a Bandwagon tire at the moment.

SECOND QUARTER: RG Three-Sticks fumbles deep. Cincy on on the verge yet again. Mama told me there would be days like these. . .

SECOND QUARTER: Bengals 47-yard field goal. Certainly no foolish fake this time. Bengals, 17-7.

RANDOM THOUGHT: Trust me on this one. Veteran NFL writers roll their eyes when they hear announcers breathlessly talk about the so-called "pistol formation." It's nothing more than a nuanced spread offense.

SECOND QUARTER: After a sack, Bengals settle for 23-yard field goal -- only they don't. It's a blown fake. Kind of a dumb call, really.

SECOND QUARTER: My, what a stout Redskins defense. Bengals rolling yet again. First and goal at the 6.

FINALLY: These heads have it right. It's Josh Morgan, not Joshua.

FIRST QUARTER: Bengals get a 48-yard catch-and-run TD hookup between Dalton and Armon Binns. Bengals, 14-7. 

JUST WONDERING: These heads in the TV booth have it right, but why do so many others insist on referring to the Bengals as 80s rock band 'The Bangles'?

FIRST QUARTER: Wow. Rob Jackson intercepts a teeny toss by Dalton on a deflection and returns it two inches for a touchdown. What the? Game tied at 7.

FIRST QUARTER: Alfred Morris is dashing and gashing but LT Trent Williams is down with what appears to be a leg injury.

FIRST QUARTER: Bengals begin work, and a 73-yard TD pass stuns the home crowd on the first offensive play of the game. Bengals, 7-0.

OBSERVATION: FedEx is packing them in earlier than usual. Pre-game radio yackers have been waxing about how this atmosphere reminds them of RFK.

12:55 p.m.: Sam Huff is back.

EARLY FEEDBACK: From reader Patrick D. -- "Since you posted a 1:14 pm story at 12:35 you must be able to tell us future scores. That's what I call coverage. If you'll be so kind as to share the final score 45 minutes early as well I'll rush out to a bookie."

Welcome to this afternoon’s live blog of the Bengals-Redskins game, the official home debut for Washington rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. Both teams are 1-1, and the Redskins are favored by 3 points.

Your writer is Skip Wood, who spent the better part of 15 years covering the NFL for USA TODAY. The blog also is accessible on our ABC7 Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/IvU5rQ Also, feel free to comment by emailing Skip: swood@wjla.com

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