TIME: 1:00 PM EST
LOCATION: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.
BETTING LINE: WAS -7
BROWNS PLAYER TO WATCH
Cody Kessler will be the first QB to start multiple games this season for Cleveland. Kessler will be looking to get off to a much better start than last week’s game against the Miami Dolphins. In his first series under center, Kessler recorded a delay of game penalty, two fumbles and a sack. Kessler has an opportunity to take advantage of a beat up Washington secondary and test their depth. The rookie QB played decently after a rough start going 21/33 and throwing for 244 yards.
REDSKINS PLAYER TO WATCH
Rookie cornerback Kendall Fuller will get a chance to make his debut this weekend after a rash of injuries shook up the Redskins‘ secondary. With Bashaud Breeland and Dashaun Phillips recovering from injuries in last week’s game against the Giants, Fuller is now the next man up. The third round pick out of Virginia Tech was inactive during the first three weeks of the season. Fuller shined in preseason, recording 11 tackles and a game sealing interception against the Buffalo Bills. While there are sure to be plenty of nerves in his regular season debut, Jay Gruden, Joe Barry, and the rest of the coaching staff are very confident in Fuller.
BROWNS POSITION GROUP PREVIEW
QUARTERBACKS: Rookie QB Cody Kessler is getting another shot after managing to stay healthy last week. With Washington’s beat up secondary, Kessler will be looking to expose some weak points.
Cody Parkey missed three field goals last week, including a potential game winner. Despite this, the Browns are holding onto the place kicker, hoping to see improvement this week or holding out for a better available kicker.
GAME PREVIEW ANALYSIS
The Cleveland Browns will be traveling to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Redskins this week. The Browns are still looking for their first win of the season, while the Redskins are trying to win their first game at home. This will be the first regular season game between Washington and Cleveland since 2012,
The key to a Cleveland win will be their ability to dominate the run game. The Browns are averaging 144.7 yards per game, good enough for fourth in the league. Washington has struggled against the run through the first three weeks, giving up an average of 123 rushing yards per game and tied for 24th with Kansas City.
Washington’s front seven needs to be a dominant force in the trenches if they want to stop the Cleveland running game. If the Redskins manage to clog the gaps and force the Browns to rely on Cody Kessler’s arm, they can rely on a secondary that can come up big when it needs to.
If Kirk Cousins can get into form like he was in the later parts of the Giants game last week, the Redskins should be able to take advantage of the Cleveland secondary that has allowed 294 passing yards per game.
REDSKINS POSITION GROUP PREVIEW
Washington will be looking to keep Kirk Cousins on his feet and in the pocket just like they have so far this year. On the season, Washington has only allowed four sacks. Meanwhile, the Browns’ defense has only managed to rack up three sacks.
Last week was somewhat of a breakout for Washington’s rushing game. The Redskins showed signs of imposing their will on the opposing defense and running the ball to eat up clock. If Matt Jones and Chris Thompson can play up to that level this week, things will start looking up in D.C.
Washington’s place kicker Dustin Hopkins was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for week three. Hopkins has made 100% of his field goals this year and will look to improve on that this week.