Cleveland Browns: Three X-factors for Week 3 vs. Washington

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CLEVELAND, OHIO – SEPTEMBER 17: Head coach Kevin Stefanski talks with wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. #13 of the Cleveland Browns during the second half against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 17, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Bengals 35-30. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

3 Cleveland Browns who figure to be X-factors in Week 3 against Washington

The Cleveland Browns enter Week 3 coming off an impressive bounce-back performance against the Cincinnati Bengals. Following a disappointing start to the season, the Browns offense found its rhythm and was able to defeat Joe Burrow 35-30 in an entertaining game.

The main reasons Cleveland was able to come away with a victory was the running game and great play calling by head coach Kevin Stefanski to keep momentum on their side. Even when drives would stall and the momentum appeared to be swinging into the favor of the Bengals, the Browns would come back out and find a way to make the most of their next drive.

Week 3’s opponent will hopefully allow for the same result as last week. As Stefanski gets more comfortable with this team, they should only get better. Washington doesn’t usually scare many teams, but with their defensive front and Ron Rivera running the show now, they’re more threatening than they’ve been in a long time.

Sunday’s game is very important for the Cleveland Browns. It’s important to get to 2-1 and beat a team you’re supposed to beat, but it’s just as important to keep the momentum gained from the Week 2 victory and move that into future weeks as well. It’s far too early to say a game is a must-win in a 16 game season, but losing this one would not do well for the morale of the Browns or their fans.

With the talent gap between Washington and Cleveland siding in favor of the Browns, they need to dominate at their positions of strength they have against Washington. Here are three X-factors for the Browns against the Washington Football Team.