The Washington Redskins go for their fifth consecutive victory as they take on the Cleveland Browns today.
As a result of the news that Robert Griffin III will not play, and that the Redskins are instead going with Kirk Cousins as their starting quarterback, the line has changed, and the Browns are now 2.5-point favorites, rather than the 2-point underdogs they had been.
This marks the 45th meeting between the Redskins and Browns. Cleveland owns a 33-10-1 all-time record over Washington. The Redskins won their last meeting with the Browns (14-11 in 2008).
Cousins enters this game having made two relief appearances. In those games he has completed seven of 11 passes for 137 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Look for the Redskins to go to Alfred Morris often. His production will help ease pressure on Cousins and continue to ensure that the play-action attack works for Washington.
Here are some other things to look for in this game:
- The Redskins need 122 rushing yards to reach the 2,300-yard mark on the season. That would be only the fourth time in team history and the first time since 1985 (2,523 yards) that Washington has rushed for at least 2,300.
- The Redskins are going for their 11th 150-yard rushing game of the season (an NFL high).
- A 30-point game today would give the Redskins their seventh of the season. Washington’s franchise high is eight 30-point games (1991).
- Linebacker London Fletcher, who returns to his native Cleveland, will play in his 238th consecutive game – tied for first in the NFL.
- Fletcher needs one interception to tie his single-season career-high of four.
- Cornerback DeAngelo Hall needs one interception to bring his career total to 40. Only five other active players have at least 40 interceptions.
- A multiple-interception game for Washington’s defense today would mark its sixth of the season and would tie a franchise record (2007).
- Kicker Kai Forbath is 14-for-14 on the season. He needs three more field goals without a miss to break the NFL’s record for consecutive field goals made to start a career (Garrett Hartley of the Saints set the record from 2008 to 2009).
- Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan needs a sack to match his career high of 7.5, which he recorded as a rookie.
- Alfred Morris enters the game with 1,228 rushing yards. He needs 35 yards to move into the top 10 in franchise history for individual season rushing totals.
- Morris needs 72 rushing yards to post the 10th 1,300-yard rushing season in Redskins history.
- A 100-yard day for Morris would give him his seventh of the season, something no other Redskin has done since Clinton Portis did it in 2005.
- Morris needs one rushing touchdown to tie the franchise’s rookie touchdown record of eight recorded by Skip Hicks in 1998.
- Santana Moss needs one touchdown catch to bring his total as a Redskin to 45 – a milestone only six other players have reached in Washington.
- A victory today would improve the Redskins’ record to 8-6 and give them their biggest win total since 2008.
- The Redskins last won five consecutive regular season games in 2007.
- The Redskins haven’t been two games above .500 after 14 games since 2007.
- A win today would give the Redskins their fourth road win of the season – the most since 2010.
- Mike Shanahan enters this game with a 4-0 record against the Browns for his career. A victory today would give him his 173rd overall win as a head coach (12th all-time).
Connections between these teams:
- Redskins linebacker coach Bob Slowik was Cleveland’s defensive coordinator in 1999.
- Browns’ senior defensive assistant Ray Rhodes was the Redskins’ defensive coordinator in 2000.
- London Fletcher (John Carroll), Pierre Garcon (Mount Union) and defensive end Doug Worthington (Ohio State) all went to school in the state of Ohio.
- Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield is from Cleveland Heights, and guard Kory Lichtensteiger is from Convoy (three hours from Cleveland).
- Mike Shanahan and Browns defensive line coach Dwaine Board were assistants in San Francisco together in the early 1990s.
- Tight end Logan Paulsen, Forbath and Browns long-snapper Christian Yount played together at UCLA.
- Redskins receiver Leonard Hankerson and Browns receiver Travis Benjamin played at the University of Miami from 2007-10.
- Redskins defensive end Kedric Golston and Browns tight end Benjamin Watson were teammates at Georgia.
- Robert Griffin III and Cleveland receivers Phil Taylor and Josh Gordon were teammates at Baylor.
- Guard Maurice Hurt and Browns defensive back Joe Haden were teammates at Florida.
- Redskins linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy and Browns quarterback Colt McCoy and running back Chris Ogbonnaya were teammates at Texas.
- Redskins running back Evan Royster and browns receiver Jordan Norwood were teammates at Penn State.
- Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson played with Browns linebacker D’Qwell Jackson at Maryland.
- Redskins running back Roy Helu, tight end Niles Paul and safety DeJon Gomes played with Browns defensive back Eric Hagg at Nebraska.