FINAL: Redskins 38, Browns 21
CLEVELAND — Forget the fact that the Browns (5-8) are riding a three-game winning wave, and that Sunday’s game against resurgent Washington (7-6) is their home finale, and that Josh Cribbs and Phil Dawson may be running out of the home tunnel for the last time.
All the emphasis and wonderment this week has been on the health of Redskins’ dynamic duel threat quarterback Robert Griffin III.
The rookie suffered a scary looking knee injury last week in their home overtime win against beltway rival Baltimore.
Fellow first year quarterback and Michigan State graduate Kirk Cousins scored the game-winning touchdown.
RG3 participated, to a certain extent, in practice this week and it was believed he could be under center when the Redskins hit the field.
However, it was determined he would not play.
“They’ve got two fine quarterbacks, they are different in style in some ways, but their offense is very effective. They have elements of the drop-back passing game, they have elements of option football and, of course, their running game resembles in a lot of ways the off-tackle zone stuff that the Shanahans have always been known for. That’s what we have to prepare for as we move forward,” head coach Pat Shurmur announced this week.
The Browns, with still a slim chance to make the playoffs, are coming off their most impressive win of the season, a 30-7 home drubbing of Kansas City. It was their most lopsided victory since 2003.
Travis Benjamin returned a punt 93 yards, and Trent Richardson hit the end zone on two more occasions.
Although Brandon Weeden did not throw a touchdown pass, he was solid and steady-going 17-30 for 217 yards, and more importantly was error free.
Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
You can catch all the action on FOX 8. Plus P.J. Ziegler will have complete highlights and all the post game reaction on FOX 8 News at 6 and 10.