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Drive of the Game: Washington Turns The Tide With Fumble, Long Touchdown Drive


This week's Redskins Drive of the Game, presented by Ford, was highlighted by Will Compton forcing a fumble to set up a 91-yard go-ahead touchdown drive.

The momentum couldn't have been further from Washington's favor when linebacker Will Compton made a big play. Leading 20-17 and inside the red zone, the Cleveland Browns had a chance to take control of the game at FedExField. However, on the 10th play of the Cleveland drive, Compton forced the ball out of the hands of Browns running back Malcolm Johnson. Washington's Quinton Dunbar was there to recover.

"Every week at practice, you work on stripping – get the ball out, get the ball out," Compton said. "We have a big emphasis every week on trying to get the ball out. All running backs – everybody carries the ball, everybody is a human trying to carry that ball. As long as you get a good shot in on it, or if you're the second guy to the party, get your hand in on it and get it out. It's a huge momentum swing."

Now the momentum was with the Redskins, and the offense took full advantage. Quarterback Kirk Cousins led Washington on an impressive 10-play, 91-yard touchdown drive to give the Redskins a lead they would not relinquish in a 31-20 victory.

The drive had a bit of everything as Cousins began the series with an incompletion before hitting receiver Jamison Crowder for 15 yards and a first down. On the next play it was running back Matt Jones making a catch out of the backfield and rumbling for 16 yards. Jones then carried twice to pick up another first down.

Following a holding penalty and a four-yard completion to Pierre Garcon, the impact of DeSean Jackson was felt without him even catching a pass. For the second time in the game, Jackson's speed induced a defensive pass interference call. This time Cleveland's Joe Haden was the guilty party, and Washington gained 21 yards.

Jones continued his outstanding day with rushes of 11 yards and 15 yards to move Washington down to the Cleveland nine-yard line. Rookie running back Rob Kelley joined the mix by carrying for four yards to set up the final play of the drive – a five-yard touchdown pass to an unguarded Chris Thompson.

"The last few games we've played, we've kind of seen how once we start going to the uptempo, no-huddle offense, we can do some things to kind of get the defense when they're not set," Thompson said of the touchdown. "From watching film, we saw a few plays where offenses had gone with the quick count up in the red zone and had a possible opportunity. We were just trying to make the most of that."

The Redskins forced turnovers on each of the Browns next two possessions and added a touchdown by Jones to seal the win, improving to 2-2 on the season.

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