Browns Vs. Redskins: 3 Match Ups to Watch

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Dec 1, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns guard Shawn Lauvao (66) against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns have a big game against the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football. That game should decide the QB competition between Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer. Outside of the Browns quarterback spot there are a number of other interesting players on the field. We will take a look at some match ups that intrigue us for Monday night in the Browns Vs. Redskins.

Browns Front 7 Versus Redskins Offensive Line

The Browns are hoping for a big season out of their front 7. They have moved high motor, space eater Ahtyba Rubin to the nose while moving Phil Taylor to the end spot to create more disruption in the backfield. Even though Desmond Bryant will miss the game, and maybe even more time, the Browns have good depth on their line.

At linebacker the Browns have added Karlos Dansby and Christian Kirksey to shore up the middle while having 3 outside linebackers, Paul Kruger, Barkevious Mingo and Jabaal Sheard, that can get pressure. Dansby’s leadership, Kirksey’s flexibility and the OLB trio gives the Browns the ability to attack from multiple positions.

The Redskins line is anchored by Trent Williams at the left tackle spot. Williams is an all world lineman who should protect the QB and make lanes for the running game. Next to him though is ex-Brown Shawn Lauvao. Browns fans had high hopes for Lauvao that he never lived up to. Being paired next to Williams should help him, but expect his old teammates to try to put pressure on him quickly.

The rest of the line is solid, if unspectacular group of Tyler Polumbus, Chris Chester and Kory Lichtensteiger. The Redskins, under new head coach Jay Gruden, will look familiar to Browns players from his time with the Bengals. The Redskins could use screens, draws and misdirection to try to take advantage of the aggressive Browns front.