Clinton Portis vs. Browns defense

Coach Joe Gibbs admittedly got away from the run more than he would have liked against Dallas, with Portis getting 23 carries. Had Portis carried the ball closer to 30 times perhaps Washington would have won. The Browns are awful against the run -- Baltimore's Jamal Lewis ran for 500 yards in two games against Cleveland last season -- and Portis put up big numbers in his one previous start against the Browns, rushing 38 times for 139 yards and two touchdowns against them last season with Denver. Teams often find a way to break big runs against the Cleveland defense and Portis's speed and acceleration are his biggest assets. The Redskins should start the same offensive line for consecutive weeks -- that would be a first this season -- and it should be a good game to get the ground game churning again.

RB Lee Suggs vs. Redskins defense

Suggs, left, is set to return after missing the first three weeks with a pinched nerve. The former Virginia Tech star showed signs of becoming a top runner last season, and with their passing game spiraling the Browns will need to establish him. It's likely they will target the right side of Washington's defense, which will be missing versatile end Phillip Daniels and Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington. The Redskins have allowed only 142 net rushing yards through three games, ranked first in the NFL.