The Cleveland Browns and the Washington Football Team have met 46 times, with the Browns holding a 33-12-1 advantage. However, Washington has won the last three meetings, including the most recent (31- 20 in 2016). This game will be best remembered for the fumble that wasn’t a fumble. With 9:49 left in the game and the Browns with the ball trailing 24-20. On second and two, running back Duke Johnson easily picked up the first down to the Washington 43 yard line. It appeared he lost the ball momentarily but recovered it quickly. The referees saw it differently and awarded the ball to Washington. As this clip clearly shows, the ball was recovered by RB Duke Johnson. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2v58z4gjwk. Sorry you had to see that again Browns fans.
Historically this series has featured long winning streaks by the Browns and short winning streaks by Washington. Prior to the creation of the two separate AFC and NFC divisions in 1970, the Browns and Washington played twice a year. When the Browns entered the NFL in 1950, after winning four consecutive championships in the old All American Football Conference, they won nine-straight from 1950 to 1954. Between 1957 and 1961 the Browns won nine and tied once. Another long winning streak followed between 1963 and 1971 where the Browns won 12-straight. Washington has never won more than three straight.
The last time the Browns beat Washington was October 2, 2004, 17-13. The game featured the return of Browns running back Lee Suggs who had missed the first three games of the season with a neck injury. His first carry was a 25-yard gain. He ended up with 85 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown. Suggs’ return was a welcome sight considering the Browns had already lost tight end Kellen Winslow and defensive end Courtney Brown for the season. Trailing 10-3 at halftime, the Browns were booed off the field. But on the first play of the third quarter, Washington RB Clinton Portis fumbled and the Browns recovered. Three plays later, the Browns tied the game on a touchdown pass from QB Jeff Garcia to TE Arron Shea. After a fourth-quarter Washington field goal, the Browns went ahead for good with 7:19 left in the game on a Lee Suggs three-yard touchdown. As this highlight from ESPN shows, the game featured mistakes by both teams, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zT91tdyXEtc.
The Browns were lucky to win this one.
The history of this series at first glance indicates dominance by the Cleveland Browns. But recently, the series has been in Washington’s favor. As mentioned earlier, Washington is currently on a three-game winning streak and has never won four in a row versus the Browns. Hopefully, history will repeat itself and the Browns will start a long winning streak against Washington on Sunday.