And, yes, on Cleveland’s next turn with the ball, rookie quarterback Cody Kessler – playing because of injuries to former Redskins QB Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown – underthrew Terrelle Pryor for an interception, which led to another touchdown for Washington.
On offense, the Redskins established the run, and Matt Jones had his second-best day as a pro with 117 yards rushing. “Fortunately we’re 2-2, but our ceiling is way higher than we’ve had in seasons past”.
It’s not like a Redskins player clearly had the ball in plain sight of the official, and then Duke ripped it out afterward while on the ground. The Browns defense allowed 115 yards in the quarter and 14 points. They aren’t good enough up front to make up for missing the extra defender consistently and the safeties aren’t quick enough to work from 15 yards deep to fill in at the line of scrimmage.
“A big back like that runs better when the defense gets worn down and he gets in the flow of the game, ” coach Jay Gruden said. Jones is a big guy at 6-foot-2, 232 pounds, but his size isn’t always a factor as much as he knows it could be. “He was more decisive and more physical”.
After the Browns gained just one first down before their first possession stalled, Washington captured a 14-0 lead with 27 seconds left in the opening quarter. “And as I talked to our team I think that’s the key to our season”.
“Maybe Hue Jackson was correct with his famous” trust me” statement regarding Kessler following the draft. That’s going to happen.
After giving up touchdowns on each of Washington’s first two drives, the Browns had an answer in the form of a scoring rush from running back Isaiah Crowell. Cousins overcame the lack of pass attempts by capitalizing on red zone opportunities, where he tossed three TDs. A pass interference call on Jordan Poyer gave the Redskins a 50-yard gain to the Cleveland 30. Cousins completed all seven of his passes for 52 yards as Washington avoided facing a third down during the march. “We just weren’t making tackles, which is something we emphasize in practice”. Left guard Joel Bitonio pulls out of his original position and works with fullback Malcolm Johnson to lead the way for the running back, Crowell.
“Yes it was (disciplinary), but we move on from here”. “I’m trying to lay the right foundation for our organization”. I can not go through this again. “We have to go with their decision”. But the Browns would commit three turnovers in their latest loss. “First and 10, Washington, after the 10-yard penalty”.
“It was good to see Cody Parkey do a real good job, bounce back from last week”, Jackson said.