LOCATION: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.
BETTING LINE: WAS -7
FINAL LINE SCORE
|1st Q||2nd Q||3rd Q||4th Q||Final|
CLEVELAND BROWNS STATS
|Yard per Pass||5.3|
|Yards per Carry||5.8|
|Time of Possession||28:57|
TOP PASSER: Cody Kessler- 28-40, 223 yards, TD, INT
TOP RUSHER: Isaiah Crowell- 15 rushes, 112 yards, TD
TOP RECEIVER: Gary Barnidge- 7 receptions, 57 yards
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Jamar Taylor- 7 total tackles, 5 solo
PLAYER OF THE GAME
9 REC, 73 YDS, 2 TD
Jordan Reed had an outstanding game, leading both teams in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. Reed was an unstoppable force down field, always giving Cousins a safe, sure-handed weapon to check down to.
Reed entered the game without a touchdown but quickly became a dominant red-zone force, hauling in two first quarter touchdowns from eight and nine yards.
Reed quieted down over the rest of the game, but was still able to cause problems for Cleveland, including a game high 26 yard reception. He now has 25 receptions, 263 yards and two touchdowns on the season.
|Yard per Pass||5.2|
|Yards per Carry||5.6|
|Time of Possession||31:03|
TOP PASSER: Kirk Cousins – 21/27, 183 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
TOP RUSHER: Matt Jones – 22 carries, 117 yards, 1 TD
TOP RECEIVER: Jordan Reed – 9 receptions, 73 yards, 2 TDs
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Will Compton – 5 solo tackles, 6 assisted tackles, forced fumble
CLEVELAND BROWNS POSITION GROUP RATINGS
RUNNING BACKS: 7/10
Isaiah Crowell had his best game of the year so far as he powered his way to 112 yards on the ground averaging 7.5 yards per carry on the day. Additionally, Duke Johnson had a good day running for 53 yards on 9 rushes. On the other hand, the RB score was negatively impacted when Malcolm Johnson unfortunately lost a fumble on his first carry of the season.
Cody Kessler had a pretty good game and shows he is striving to improve as a rookie. He completed 70% of his passes and threw for 223 yards and a touchdown while putting together meaningful drives for the Browns. He did, however, throw one interception in the fourth quarter that lead to the Redskins putting the game out of reach.
WIDE RECEIVERS: 7/10
The wide receivers once again showed they have the ability to make plays down the field for the Browns. While TE Gary Barnidge led the team in receiving, Terrelle Pryor added 5 receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown while Andrew Hawkins and Ricardo Louis caught 3 passes for 28 yards each.
Two division bottom-dwellers met with each of their respective seasons seemingly on the line in the nation’s capital.
A major talking point coming into the game was Washington’s inability to convert red zone opportunities into touchdowns. Some fans might not have realized that after the game against Cleveland where the Redskins racked up four red zone touchdowns.
Cleveland’s ability to run the ball at will was able to keep them in the game after falling behind early in the first quarter. Isaiah Crowell was a dominant force, rushing 15 times for 112 yards and a touchdown. Crowell had a season-high 7.5 average against a Washington defense that has struggled to protect the run since the start of the season.
In the end, it came down to the ability of the Washington defense to force turnovers. On four consecutive series Cleveland turned the ball over, recording two lost fumbles, an interception and a failed fourth down conversion.
Washington’s inability to stop the run is becoming a major problem for them. Luckily for them, they’ve been able to make the big defensive plays Washington hasn’t been able to make in a long time.
REDSKINS POSITION GROUP RATINGS
TIGHT ENDS: 10/10
Jordan Reed continues to amaze and prove why he is Kirk Cousin’s favorite target. After pulling in a game leading nine receptions for 73 yards and two touchdowns, Reed became the fastest tight end to 200 career receptions, doing so in 38 games.
RUNNING BACKS: 8/10
It took a few weeks, but Matt Jones finally had a breakout game, rushing for 100 yards for the first time this season. Rushing the ball 22 times for 117 yards, and a touchdown, Jones and the rest of the backs ran efficiently enough to take some pressure off of Cousins and give the team a lot of better opportunities.
Kirk Cousins completed nearly 78% of his passes against Cleveland and threw for threw touchdowns. So why the rating? His interception, three sacks and fumble were all horrible and easily avoidable mistakes. Mistakes that make you question a $19.95 million franchise tag.