Ramsey's second pass into the end zone was also intended for
Thrash, but it never should have been thrown. Tory James hauled it
down for the first of his two interceptions.
Ramsey and Carson Palmer had similar tales to tell after the
Cincinnati Bengals beat the Washington Redskins 24-17 Friday night.
Both young quarterbacks showed some improvement after struggling
last week, but they still need plenty of polish before the regular
season begins in three weeks.
"Turnovers killed us today," said Ramsey, who was at fault for
both interceptions and heard his first smattering of boos. "We've
got to look at it and fix it."
Palmer went 2-for-9 with an interception against the
first-string Redskins defense and didn't find his stride until
Washington's backups were in the game. He hit Kelley Washington on
the run for a 45-yard touchdown pass against rookie first-round
draft pick Carlos Rogers and ended his night with a shovel pass to
Chris Perry, who ran 13 yards for a score to help give the Bengals
a 14-10 lead at halftime.
Palmer finished 12-for-24 for 152 yards and gave way in the
second half to Jon Kitna, who hit Kevin Walter for a 22-yard
touchdown in the third quarter. In two exhibition games, Palmer is
16-for-35 for 189 yards and two interceptions.
"We were better in some areas this week and worse in some
areas," Palmer said. "We still have two more games to get sharp.
There's still a lot of areas we need to fix up."
Meanwhile, Ramsey's first three drives went nowhere, but he got
good field position after Rogers, making his debut after missing
last week's game with an ankle injury, intercepted a pass and
returned the ball to Cincinnati's 25. On the next play, Ramsey
found Thrash in a seam in the defense in the back middle of the end
"It was nice at the time because we scored," Thrash said.
"But we need a lot more of those."
Ramsey did hit David Patten for three long passes totaling 109
yards, but the interceptions were the drive-killers. Ramsey did
have one sustained drive end with a score -- an eight-play, 68-yard
march during the 2-minute drill was capped by John Hall's 20-yard
field goal on the last play of the half.
Ramsey finished 9-for-18 for 190 yards and was replaced by Mark
Brunell after halftime. Ramsey is 17-for-30 for 267 yards and three
interceptions over two games.
"The thing about it now is the games don't count," Patten
said. "We've got two weeks to fix the problem. The thing I
observed tonight -- after the picks, after the bad plays, he was
still upbeat, he still took charge in the huddle."
For the second straight week, Brunell did his best to stoke a
possible quarterback controversy by going 10-for-16 -- with several
drops -- for 122 yards. Gibbs reaffirmed, however, that Ramsey is
The Bengals had a promising game from their second-round draft
pick, linebacker Odell Thurman, who deflected a pass and had a
sack. Peter Warrick made his 2005 debut after missing most of last
season with a knee injury, but didn't catch a pass.
"I didn't really do anything today," Warrick said. "I just
went out there to see how my knee felt."
First-round draft pick David Pollack, who ended a 19-day holdout
on Wednesday, was in uniform for Cincinnati but did not play.
Bengals receiver Tony Stewart left the game with a back
injury in the first half and did not return. S Reggie Myles
aggravated a groin injury and sat out the second half. ...
Washington P Tom Tupa had a back spasm during warmups and did not
play. ... Before the game, the Bengals released G Dan Lynch.
Buffalo Bills place four, including tight end Dawson Knox, on reserve/COVID-19 list
The Buffalo Bills have placed four players on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, saying that of the four, only tight end Dawson Knox has tested positive.
What have Roethlisberger, Tannehill been able to prove thus far?
Steelers reporter Brooke Pryor and Titans reporter Turron Davenport preview the quarterback matchup between Ben Roethlisberger and Ryan Tannehill.
Daniel Jones' trip may not have been the worst we've seen
From the hardwood to the gridiron, SportsCenter relives some of the worst trips, slips and falls in professional sports.
Will Browns cover three-point spread vs. Bengals?
Preston Johnson expects the Browns to win and cover their three-point spread vs. the Bengals in Week 7.
Week 7 fantasy football questions and answers: 32 NFL reporters give advice
How much of a role will Le'Veon Bell play in his debut with the Chiefs? What's wrong with JuJu Smith-Schuster? Our experts weigh in.
History shows Titans adept at exploiting rulebook to their advantage
Did a penalty for 12 men on the field help the Titans get a win? Mike Vrabel's teams have committed a few timely penalties that gave them an edge.