Game 4: Browns @ Redskins

When: Sunday October 2nd
Where: Fed Ex Field
Weather: 75, partly cloudy with 20% chance of rain
Radio: SportsTalk 980
TV: CBS Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots, Stacy Dales (Field reporter)
Line: Redskins -7.5 (O/U 45.5)

The Redskins and Browns meet for the 46th time, Sunday at 1 PM at Fed Ex Field. Cleveland owns the series by a 33-11-1 count, yet Washington has prevailed in six of their last eight meetings. It’s the first time either coach, former Redskins running back coach Hue Jackson, or Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has faced the opponent.

CBS with a single game on Sunday, DC metro, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio getting the Skins and Browns at 1 PM. (areas in blue on the map) FOX has this weekend’s doubleheader, but our area is blacked out at 1 PM, due to the Redskins game on CBS. Dallas @ San Francisco is the national game at 4 PM.

Skins Browns map

Map courtesy 506sports.com

PRIME TIME NFL
Thursday Night: Miami @ Cincinnati (NFL Network)
Sunday (930 AM): Indianapolis vs Jacksonville from England (CBS)
Sunday Night: Kansas City @ Pittsburgh (NBC)
Monday Night: NY Giants @ Minnesota (ESPN)

GAME 4 OPPONENT

The Cleveland Browns enter Week 4 with an 0-3 record after finishing their 2015 campaign with a 3-13 record and a fourth place finish in the AFC North. This season is the first under Head Coach Hue Jackson.

The team has started three different quarterbacks through three games this season. Former Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III completed 12-of-26 passes for 190 yards in a 29-10 Week 1 loss to Philadelphia before being placed on the Reserve/Injured list. In Week 2, Josh McCown completed 20-of-33 passes for 260 yards with two touchdowns prior to suffering an injury. Last week, rookie Cody Kessler made his first NFL start, completing 21-of-33 passes for 244 yards in an overtime loss to Miami.

Running back Isaiah Crowell led the Browns in rushing last year with 185 carries for 706 yards and four touchdowns. Duke Johnson, Jr. is now in his second season with the Browns after posting 104 carries for 379 yards as well as 61 catches for 534 yards and two receiving touchdowns in 2015.
Tight end Gary Barnidge finished his 2015 season with 79 catches for 1,043 yards and nine receiving touchdowns. Former college quarterback Terrelle Pryor Sr. leads the Browns in receptions (14) and receiving yards (244) this season. Rookie Corey Coleman has also contributed seven receptions for 173 yards.

Defensive back Jordan Poyer leads the Browns with 23 tackles (18 solo) this season. Three players — linebacker Christian Kirksey, linebacker Corey Lemonier and defensive end Carl Nassib — are tied for the team lead in sacks with one apiece. Seventh-year defensive back Joe Haden has recorded a team-high two interceptions.

The Browns have used two kickers this season. Patrick Murray began the season 1-for-2 on field goal attempts before being placed on the Reserve/Injured list. Cody Parkey joined the team in Week 3 and was 3-for-6 on field goal attempts in his Browns debut at Miami.
George Atkinson III, formerly with the Oakland Raiders, is listed as the team’s kickoff returner and has gained 34 yards on two returns this season. Tramon Williams, a long-time Green Bay Packer who joined the Browns in 2015, serves as the team’s primary punt returner.

REDSKINS PARK

GAME NOTES

BROWNS: Rookie QB CODY KESSLER made 1st career start last week & passed for 244 yards…RB ISAIAH CROWELL is tied for 2nd in NFL with 274 rush yards. Had career-long 85-yard TD run in Week 2 & recorded max speed of 21.97 MPH. Has 5 rush TDs in past 7. RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. has 380 scrimmage yards (76 per game) in past 5 vs. NFC…T JOE THOMAS is only OL in NFL history to be selected to Pro Bowl in each of 1st 9 seasons. Has started all 147 games in career…WR TERRELLE PRYOR had 8 catches for 144 yards, 21 rush yards (incl. TD) & 35 pass yards last week. Is 1st player in NFL history with 140+ rec. yards, 20+ rush yards & 30+ pass yards in game. TE GARY BARNIDGE has TD in 3 of past 4 vs. NFC. Has 9 rec. TDs since 2015, tied for 4th most by NFL TE…Since 2010, CBs JOE HADEN (95) & TRAMON WILLIAMS (92) are top 2 in NFL in PD…REDSKINS: QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 296 yards & 2 TDs last week. Threw for 329 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Has 300+ pass yards in 5 of past 7. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with 300+ pass yards…RB MATT JONES aims for 3rd in row with 60+ rush yards…WR JAMISON CROWDER had 78 rec. yards & TD last week. WR PIERRE GARCON had 6 receptions for 65 yards in last meeting. WR DE SEAN JACKSON had 5 receptions for 96 yards, incl. 44-yard TD in Week 3. Has 29 career TDs of 40+ yards, most among active players. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with 100+ rec. yards. TE JORDAN REED has 4 TDs in past 4 vs. AFC…DE CHRIS BAKER had sack & FF last week. LB TRENT MURPHY has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in past 2. CB JOSH NORMAN had INT in only meeting (12/21/14 with Car). CB QUINTON DUNBAR had INT last week. S DAVID BRUTON had INT in last meeting (10/18/15 with Den). Rookie S SU’A CRAVENS had 1st career INT in Week 3.

INJURY REPORT

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