Writer: Casey Kinnamon
Game: Washington Football Team (1-1) at Cleveland Browns (1-1)
Winning is the ultimate cure-all. After week one, the sky was falling in Cleveland. After week two, the sky was a beautiful hue of blue and the air was filled with the sweet smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls and optimism. As it usually does, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
The Browns welcome the Washington Football Team to FirstEnergy Stadium this coming Sunday in a matchup of 1-1 teams. The Browns offensive line, which has been playing outstanding, will be tested by a formidable Washington’s defensive front. The best way to neutralize a dominant pass rush is to run the ball straight at it. The Browns need to come straight downhill at Washington and lean on Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt to open up the rest of their offense.
Defensively, the 10-day layoff since Week two is exactly what the doctor ordered. The Browns are getting healthier and should be receiving some help in the secondary. The Browns defensive line needs to utilize their matchup against a porous Washington offensive line. If they are able to get after Dwayne Haskins in the same fashion as they did Joe Burrow in the previous game, then there will be plays to be made on the back-end.
In the end, the Browns just have more bullets in their gun than Washington does.
Prediction: Cleveland Browns 31, Washington Football Team 24