The Cincinnati Bengals visit the Washington Redskins in Week 3, in what is shaping up to be a fairly even contest.

Both sides enter this week with defenses on the brink of disaster.

Through the first two weeks of the 2012 season, the Redskins have allowed opponents to put up 63 points and 810 yards, whilst the Bengals defense have capitulated to the tune of 869 yards and 64 points.

To draw yet another unwanted comparison, both teams have suffered crippling injuries to key members of their defensive units.

On Monday the Redskins learned that linebacker Brian Orakpo and defensive end Adam Carriker will both be out for the season with a torn left pectoral and a right leg injury respectively.

Washington have one week to overcome the loss, and it may take time before their replacements contribute meaningfully. There is also the undoubted mental setback that they will need to overcome, and quickly too.

The Bengals lost key rotational defensive end Jamaal Anderson on Sunday, when the former first-round pick tore his quad. The injury becomes all the more significant considering that Carlos Dunlap is yet to return to the field.

They also lost defensive talisman Thomas Howard to a season-ending ACL injury during practice, though his replacement Vontaze Burfict has excited some with his potential. 

The Bengals seem in better shape than the Redskins defense with only Anderson's injury affecting their line-up, and with the possibility that Dunlap could return this week.

This match-up could prove to be another shoot-out for the Bengals, and Robert Griffin III's presence means there will be little room for error. Andy Dalton may well catch a break against an ailing defense, but RGIII gets to face a defense that has been extra-kind to quarterbacks.

The Bengals offense improved dramatically in Week 2, with the running game doing as expected and the young receiving group emerging into the spotlight. If Andy Dalton can rein in some of his more wayward passes, the Bengals can and will come out with a W.

Key to the game: The Redskins are without the two men who brought them 14.5 sacks in 2011. That stat could prove the difference-maker here.