After getting put in the prime time Monday night spotlight in the season opener, WarpathInsiders.com has learned that the Washington Redskins will play the Cincinnati Bengals in a prime time preseason game that will be televised nationally on NBC.
Both teams returned to the NFL playoffs last year after spending many seasons on the outside looking in. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, who was the Redskins defensive coordinator in 2002 before taking the head job in Cincinnati, got the Bengals into the postseason for the first time since 1990.
The Bengals are likely to be without Carson Palmer, their quarterback who blossomed into stardom in 2005 only to suffer a severe knee injury in the Bengals' playoff game. In fact, one of the interesting aspects of this game will be how they sort out who will fill in for Palmer as the starter until his rehab is complete.
For their part, the Redskins will be trying to work their two new receivers, Brandon Lloyd and Antwaan Randle El, into their offense in addition to giving an extended look to Jason Campbell to see if the second-year quarterback is ready for regular season action should Mark Brunell falter.
The entire preseason schedule should be announced in the coming days.