Week 3: Home vs Washington Redskins
The Browns have an excellent chance to start the season off on a hot streak with back to back games that should be easy. Getting two teams that picked inside the top-two of the 2020 NFL Draft should be a warning sign that these teams are still a bit away from being competitive.
However, new head coach Ron Rivera is sure to install discipline and toughness in this team during training camp, so by no means will this be a cake walk. Just on paper, position by position, the Browns match up really well against Washington.
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Again, can the Browns put a pass rush on former Ohio State Buckeye quarterback Dwayne Haskins? When pressured, Haskins fails to deliver. On the other side of the ball, offensive tackles Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills need to be on their top performances to slow down No. 2 overall pick Chase Young.
There is a third Ohio State Buckeye on this team and maybe Washington’s most dynamic player in wide receiver Terry McLaurin. The speedy receiver, who runs excellent routes, had 58 receptions for 919 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie last season, so the Browns will need to pay attention to him.
Other than that, the Browns match up favorably. The Redskins offensive line is shaky at best, the secondary is so-so and the quarterback play has not been what was expected as to date.
This is a game the Browns need and it is most certainly one of the top-three easiest games on their schedule.
Browns 31, Redskins 17