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Washington Redskins Week 4 Preview: Establishing Consistency

Cleveland Browns Kirk Cousins


The Cleveland Browns are a dangerous opponent for the Washington Redskins. Fresh of a 29-27 victory over division foe New York, Cleveland presents the perfect trap game for Washington.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins realizes the importance of this week’s game against the Cleveland Browns. Last week, the Redskins picked the perfect time to pick up the first road win of the season, as they defeated the New York Giants 29-27.. Washington struggled on the road in 2015 going 3-5. They also struggled with consistency in the win/loss column. The Redskins didn’t develop a winning streak until weeks 14 and 15.

Conversely, the Redskins played well at home in 2015 going 6-2. After two demoralizing home losses to start the season, Washington can ill afford a third loss. A win against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, can go a long way to restoring confidence within the confines of Fed Ex Field.

This week was supposed to be dedicated to Robert Griffin III’s return. Unfortunately for the Cleveland BrownsGriffin is now history, Josh McCown has a fractured clavicle and the Browns are now led by third round pick Cody Kessler out of USC.

No need to fear Browns fans, the Redskins are 1-10 against against rookie quarterbacks since 2006. Cleveland is a young, and their inexperience shows, but the Browns play hard for Hue Jackson. Cleveland could very well be 2-1.

Developing Consistency

  • Jay Gruden and Sean McVay’s consistency to running the football paid off, as the Redskins earned their first win of the season. The ground game was the most efficient in the fourth quarter. Washington gained 50 rushing yards in the final period.


  • The magic number for Gruden and is 25. When the Redskins reach that amount of carries ,Gruden has has won all of his games in Washington. The lone exception was the “You Like That” game. Expect a heavy load for Matt Jones this week. He’s shown marked improvement in his second year and is taking better care of the football.



  • Now is the time for Kirk Cousins to string together some solid performances. Last week against the Giants, Cousins was 21/35 for 296 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. That was the type of performance that silences critics. The Browns have the 24th ranked pass defense in the NFL. Another strong game for Kirk Cousins is imperative for the season of the Redskins. This team will only go as far as Cousins takes them.


Bitten by the Bug

  • Injuries are mounting up at Redskins Park. The Redskins lost four starters in the game from Sunday. Bashaud Breeland and Shawn Lauvao was diagnosed with what coach Jay Gruden described as moderate muscle strains. Kory Lichtensteiger was placed on IR with a calf injury. Defensive captain DeAngelo Hall was lost for the season with a torn ACL.


  • Will Blackmon takes over at free safety for DeAngelo Hall. Quinton Dunbar, Greg Toler, and Su’a Cravens figure to see more action because of the injury to Breeland. The team also signed center John Sullivan. Sullivan spent the first four years of his career with the Minnesota Vikings. He missed all of 2015 with a back injury.


  • Because of injuries, the starting offensive line for the Washington Redskins features five home-grown talents all drafted by the Redskins. Spencer Long will start at center for the injured Lichtensteiger. Left guard Arie Kouandjio will make his first NFL start as he takes over for Lauvao.


Beware of the Dog

  • The Cleveland Browns may be a 0-3 football team but they still are a tough bunch. They seemed a bit overwhelmed against the Eagles in week one. Against Baltimore they held a 20-point lead before allowing 25 unanswered points to the Ravens as they lost 25-20. They took the Miami Dolphins to overtime but eventually lost 30-24. The Redskins can not afford to overlook the Cleveland Browns.


  • The Redskins have struggled stopping the run all year. Pittsburgh and Dallas were able to tire out the Redskins defense in those two losses. Browns running back Isaiah Cromwell leads the NFL with a 6.1 ypc average. Terell Pryor has become a “jack of all trades” under coach Hue Jackson. Against the Dolphins, Pryor accounted for 200 of the Browns 430 total yards against Miami. (144 receiving, 21 rushing, 35 passing) Joe Barry and the Redskins defense must account for Pryor every down.

The Redskins desperately need to get on track at home. Look for the Redskins to pick up their first victory at home. Washington 31 Cleveland 20.