CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns post season hopes were dashed on Sunday after the Washington Redskins beat Cleveland 38-21.
The Redskins were playing without rookie quarterback, Robert Griffin III, who was inactive for Sunday’s game because of a sprained knee suffered last Sunday in Baltimore. Washington didn’t need him, they had Kirk Cousins, the other rookie quarterback who dominated the Browns with his play action pass. Cousins threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns as the Redskins won their fifth straight game.
The Browns jumped out to an early 7-0 lead when Cousins’ pass in the first quarter was tipped by Sheldon Brown and picked off by T.J. Ward who returned it to the Redskins five-yard line. One play later, Trent Richardson scored his 10th rushing TD of the season, giving Cleveland a 7-0 lead. Richardson surpassed Browns legend Jim Brown for most rushing touchdowns in a rookie season with 10. The Browns took a 14-10 lead into halftime but the second half belonged to Cousins and the Redskins.
Brandon Weeden opened up the third quarter throwing an interception which later led to a Washington TD and a 17-14 lead. Weeden struggled all day long, going 21 of 35 for 244 yards and had two picks, both leading to Washington TDs. The Redskins dominated the second half outscoring Cleveland 28-7.
The Browns have now been eliminated from the postseason and Washington took over first place in the NFC East, thanks to a New York Giants loss.
The loss ended the Browns three-game winning streak and concluded the home portion of their schedule in which Cleveland went 4-4. The Browns are 5-9 overall and play at Denver and Pittsburgh to finish out the season.