CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Browns beat the Washington Redskins, 30-10, in Week 1 of the preseason Thursday night at FirstEnergy Stadium.
We didn’t see much of Cleveland’s starters since the first series was quick: seven plays for 89 yards. It resulted in a touchdown to wide receiver Rashard Higgins. That was the end of quarterback Baker Mayfield’s time in the game.
Washington evened it up before the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, cornerback Terrance Mitchell forced a fumble, which was recovered by Jermaine Whitehead. Then on the Redskins’ next possession, linebacker Mack Wilson had an interception and returned it 40 yards for the TD. It was the first of two picks for the rookie taken in the fifth round.
Second-round draft pick Greedy Williams also had an interception. The score was 17-10 at the half.
Cleveland scored again in the fourth quarter when David Blough threw an 11-yard to D.J. Montgomery for another touchdown.
One play left even head coach Freddie Kitchens grinning from ear to ear. Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi, who lied to get a tryout, returned a punt 86 yards for the TD and was immediately mobbed by his teammates.
The Browns had their share of turnovers. Running back Dontrell Hilliard fumbled in the red zone in the first quarter, then later in the game, wide receiver Ishmael Hyman fumbled after catching a 10-yard pass.
Up next for the Browns: at Colts on Aug. 17, at Buccaneers on Sept. 23 and Lions on Aug. 29. They open the regular season on Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. at home against the Titans.