Week 3: Browns vs. Washington Preview

The Cleveland Browns are still riding a high from the Thursday night victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. But as great as that win felt, Kevin Stefanski’s squad has been focused on the Washington Football Team for over a week now. After a long break and plenty of rest, the Cleveland Browns will entertain Washington this Sunday at 1 p.m. in First Energy Stadium.

The Washington Football Team is coming off a bad loss on the road versus the Arizona Cardinals, by the final score of 30-15. Kyler Murray led the Cardinals’ offensive charge; the quarterback completed 26 passes off of 38 attempts, threw for 286 yards and had a passing and rushing touchdown. Even though the defense produced three sacks, it was not nearly enough to stop the Cardinals, since they finished the game with 438 total yards on offense. By halftime, Arizona was leading 20-0 and with Dwayne Haskins leading the stagnant offense, they were not able to put points on the board until the 3rd quarter – with only a field goal. Even though they scored 12 points in the 4th quarter, it was too late to catch up to Arizona.

Switching gears back to last Thursday night, the Browns impressed their fans with a great win against their in-state rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals. Baker led the offensive attack and finished the game with 16 completions off of 23 attempts, 219 passing yards, a passing touchdown but also had an interception. Odell Beckham Jr. finally looked comfortable on the field, finishing with four catches, 76 yards and a touchdown. Our deadly running back duo, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, made an incredible impact. Chubb had 124 yards and two touchdowns, while Hunt had 86 yards and one receiving touchdown. On the defensive side, cornerback Denzel Ward only allowed Bengals star wide receiver AJ Green to have three catches for 29 yards, Sheldon Richardson had four tackles, two assisted tackles and a sack, while Myles Garrett had three tackles and a monstrous strip-sack that led to a touchdown. However, the secondary was torched and allowed Joe Burrow to finish with 285 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Cleveland and Washington will definitely be an interesting matchup.

Both teams are currently sitting at 1-1 and both have an above-average defensive line, with Myles Garrett for the Browns and Chase Young for Washington. The secondary on each of the defenses are not nearly as impressive as the defensive lines whatsoever. Against their first two opponents combined, Washington gave up 486 passing yards and three passing touchdowns and Cleveland has allowed 489 passing yards and six passing touchdowns. What differs from the two teams is the offensive side of the ball. Washington has only had 555 total yards on offense compared to Cleveland‘s 740. Also, according to PFF Washington, their offensive line has allowed pressure on 35.1% of dropbacks, which is 3rd most in the NFL and is a big factor of why Washington’s offense is not as productive as Cleveland’s.

The Browns’ defensive front can expose Washington’s offensive line, especially since their best lineman, Brandon Scherff, went down last game with a sprained MCL. On offense, Cleveland faces a challenge with Chase Young, who has an 81.1 PFF grade, eight total pressures and 2.5 sacks (tied with T.J. Watt for best in the NFL through two weeks). Our first round offensive tackle, Jedrick Wills Jr., has only allowed three pressures through the first two games, so this matchup will be fun to watch. Chubb and Hunt are dangerous in the running department and even though they face a test against Washington’s strong D-Line, it can open up the play-action and passing game against their weaker secondary.

All in all, this should be an exciting game at First Energy Stadium. Both the Cleveland Browns and Washington Football Team look to improve to 2-1 but will have to go through each other first. Look forward to this game, which should end up being a good old-fashioned battle.

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