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Redskins Turn Their Attention To The Browns


With Sunday's game against the Browns in the books, the Redskins now turn their focus onto the Browns, Washington's second AFC North foe in four weeks.

For the first time since the 2012 season, the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns will match up in regular season action in a Week 4 game at FedExField.

The Redskins enter the game 1-2, while the Browns have yet to win a game this season with three different quarterbacks under center.

Former Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III began the year as the Browns' starting quarterback – and of the team's captains – but suffered a shoulder injury on his non-throwing arm in the opener before being placed on Injured Reserve.

Josh McCown would replace Griffin III in the starting lineup in a Week 2 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but he too went down with an injury, suffering a broken collarbone.

That means Cody Kessler – a third-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft – is now the team's starting quarterback.

In the Browns' Week 3 game against the Miami Dolphins, Kessler threw for 244 yards but no touchdowns in a 30-24 overtime loss.

The Browns' running game centers around Isaiah Crowell, who ran for 133 yards and a touchdown against the Ravens in Week 2.

Also suffering an injury early in the season was rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman, who fractured his hand in a practice last week, just days after he caught two touchdown passes against the Ravens. Josh Gordon will also serve the final game of his four-game suspension when the Browns travel to Washington.

Cleveland moves forward, though, with Terrelle Pryor Sr. and Andrew Hawkins among others.

Defensively, the most recognizable face is two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden. For is career, the seventh-overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft has tallied 18 interceptions. He already has two picks this year.

The last time the Redskins faced the Browns, then-rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins was called upon for his first career NFL start, and the fourth-round pick out of Michigan State did not disappoint.

Cousins threw for 329 yards – the most by a rookie quarterback in franchise history – along with two touchdown passes to lead Washington to a 38-21 victory, keeping the Redskins on a hot streak that would eventually land with an NFC East title.

This is the first time the Redskins have hosted the Browns at FedExField since Oct. 19, 2008. Washington won that game 14-11 behind 175 rushing yards from Clinton Portis.

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