PRESEASON WEEK 2
WASHINGTON REDSKINS (1-0) vs. CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-1)
Monday, Aug. 18 – 8 p.m. ET
FedExField (85,000) – Landover, Md.
The Washington Redskins will play their second game of the 2014 preseason in front of a national television audience when they host the Cleveland Browns for ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
Kickoff at FedExField is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Last Thursday, the Redskins opened the preseason with an impressive 23-6 victory against the New England Patriots at FedExField. In their 2014 preseason debut, the Redskins outgained the Patriots, 387-270, including a 177-63 advantage in rushing yards.
The Redskins had eight different players register a rushing attempt, led by rookie sixth-round pick
The win was the first preseason victory in the head coaching career of new Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden. After the victory, Gruden addressed his emotions while leading the Redskins onto FedExField for the first time.
“It was great. It was an exciting experience coming out of the tunnel, seeing all the fans here,” Gruden said. “It was something I will always remember.”
— Redskins lead preseason series since 1961, 8-3
— Last overall meeting: Dec. 16, 2012 (38-21, WAS)
— Last preseason meeting: Aug. 24, 2001 (27-25, WAS)
— Mike Tirico (play-by-play)
— Jon Gruden (color)
— Lisa Salters (sidelines)
RADIO: Redskins Radio Network
— Larry Michael (play-by-play)
— Sonny Jurgensen (color)
— Chris Cooley (analysis)
— Rick “Doc” Walker (sidelines)
First-time head coach Mike Pettine leads the Cleveland Browns into the 2014 preseason. The Browns finished last season with a 4-12 record and placed fourth in the AFC North.
Under former Redskins Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan, quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel are expected to compete for the Browns’ starting quarterback position. Hoyer is entering his sixth NFL season, his second with Cleveland. In 2013, Hoyer threw for five touchdowns and three interceptions in three starts. Manziel is entering his rookie season after being selected by the Browns with the No. 22 overall selection of the 2014 NFL Draft in May.
The Browns must replace running back Willis McGahee, the team’s leading rusher from a season ago. Early in free agency, the Browns acquired running back Ben Tate, who spent the past four years with the Houston Texans and ranked third on the franchise’s all-time rushing list with 1,992 yards in 40 games.
Tight end Jordan Cameron returns after posting 80 receptions for 917 yards and seven receiving touchdowns in 2013, trailing only wide receiver Josh Gordon (87 rec. for 1,646 yards with nine touchdowns) among Browns players in all three categories.
The Browns signed safety Donte Whitner this offseason. Whitner, a Cleveland native who graduated from Ohio State, compiled 73 tackles (58 solo) and two interceptions with the San Francisco 49ers a season ago.
Billy Cundiff handles kicking duties for Cleveland and was 21-of-26 on field goal attempts last season (80.8 percent). Spencer Lanning punted 84 times with a 43.8-yard average. The now departed Fozzy Whittaker led the team in kick returns last season with 23 returns for 482 yards. Thirdyear wide receiver Travis Benjamin returns after leading the Browns with 257 yards on 22 punt returns (11.7 avg.) in 2013.
Thursday’s preseason game between the Redskins and the Browns will be the 12th preseason meeting between the two franchises since the NFL Century Division’s Cleveland Browns met the NFL Capitol Division’s Washington Redskins prior to the 1969 season.
Washington has won each of its last three preseason contests against the Browns, earning victories against Cleveland prior to the 1993, 2000 and 2001 seasons.
In the teams’ last meeting on Aug. 24, 2001, Washington outscored the Browns 13-11 in the fourth quarter to break a 14-14 deadlock and secure a 27-25 win at FedExField.
NOTES FROM LAST GAME
— The Washington Redskins earned a 23-6 victory over the New England Patriots in front of an announced crowd of 67,327 people at FedExField on Thursday.
— The Redskins opened their preseason slate at home for the first time since Washington defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 16-7, at FedExField on Aug. 12, 2011. The Redskins opened the preseason at Buffalo in 2012 and at Tennessee in 2013.
— With the win, the Redskins have now won seven consecutive preseason games dating back to their last preseason loss, a 33-31 loss at Chicago in Week 2 of the 2012 preseason. Washington has won 11 of their last 13 preseason games.
— Washington’s current seven-game preseason winning streak is its longest in records dating back to 1961.
— Washington has won seven consecutive preseason games at FedExField. The team’s last home preseason loss came on Aug. 21, 2010.
— The Redskins are now 27-27 in preseason openers in records dating back to 1961. Washington has won five consecutive preseason openers.
— Washington only allowed six points, the fewest the team has allowed in preseason play since holding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to three points in the finale of the 2012 preseason.
— The Redskins forced a three-and-out on the Patriots’ opening drive. Washington forced three opening-drive three-and-outs during the 2013 season.
— Wide receiver
— The Redskins’ opening drive on offense consisted of 11 plays covering 35 yards, culminating in a
— The receiving touchdown was the second of Robinson’s preseason career and his first since scoring on a 49-yard reception at Chicago in Week 2 of the 2012 preseason.
— Cousins exited the game having completed 9-of-13 passes for 103 yards with one touchdown.
— Rookie kicker
— Wide receiver
— McCoy made his Redskins preseason debut in the second half, completing his first six passes – including a seven-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end
— McCoy finished the game having completed 8-of-9 passes for 102 yards with a touchdown, earning a passer rating of 150.9. In regular season play, the Redskins have only had four players register a passer rating of 150.9 or better with a minimum of nine attempts (Sonny Jurgensen, 10/24/65; Joe Theismann, 11/1/81; Mark Rypien, 10/6/92; Robert Griffin III, 11/18/12)
— On the first play following the fumble recovery, rookie running back Lache Seastrunk gained 19 yards on his first NFL preseason carry.
— Seastrunk led the Redskins in rushing in his NFL preseason debut with 63 yards on 12 carries.
Former Browns on Redskins:
- Outside Linebackers Coach Brian Baker (2013)
- QB Colt McCoy (2010-13)
Former Redskins on Browns:
- Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan (2010-13)
- Offensive Quality Control Coach Richard Hightower (Asst. Defensive Backs/Asst. Special Teams Coach, 2010-13)
- Wide Receivers Coach Mike McDaniel (Offensive Assistant, 2011-12; Wide Receivers Coach 2013)
- Vice President of Player Personnel Morocco Brown (Assistant Scout, 2000-01; Director of Pro Personnel, 2008-13)
- WR Anthony Armstrong (2009-12)
- K Billy Cundiff (2012)
- TE Emmanuel Ogbuehi (2013)
- K/P Jake Rogers (2014)
Browns from the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area:
- Assistant Linebackers Coach Brian Fleury (Germantown, Md.)
- DB Johnson Bademosi (Silver Spring, Md.)
- DB Joe Haden (Fort Washington, Md.)
- OL Randall Harris (Lanham, Md.)
- WR Tim Smith (Chesapeake, Va.)
- RB Ben Tate (Salisbury, Va.)
- DL Phil Taylor (Clinton, Md.)
- RB Terrance West (Baltimore, Md.)
Redskins from Ohio:
Barry Cofield(Cleveland Heights, Ohio)
Kevin Kowalski(Macedonia, Ohio)
Kory Lichtensteiger(Convoy, Ohio)
Mike McGlynn(Austintown, Ohio)
Browns who went to college in the Washington, D.C. area:
- OL Randall Harris (Towson)
- WR Tim Smith (Virginia)
- RB Terrance West (Towson)
Redskins who went to college in Ohio:
- WR Pierre Garcon (Mount Union)
- OL Kevin Kowalski (Toledo)
- G/C Kory Lichtensteiger (Bowling Green State)
Notable Pro Connections:
Stephen Bowen(2006-10) and DE Jason Hatcher(2006-13) played with Browns Assistant Defensive Backs Coach, Aaron Glenn (2005-06) and Browns WR Miles Austin (2006-13) in Dallas.
- Hatcher (2006-13), DE
Frank Kearse, OL Kevin Kowalski (2011-13), Browns WR Anthony Armstrong (2012-13) and Browns LB Brandon Magee (2013) were all teammates in Dallas.
E.J. Biggers(2009-12), LB Adam Hayward(2007-13), P Robert Malone(2010-11), Browns LB Zac Diles (2011), Browns LS Christian Yount (2011), and Browns P Jake Rogers (2011-12) all played together in Tampa Bay.
Chris Chester(2006-10) played with Browns K Billy Cundiff (2009-12) at Baltimore.
- Chester (2006-10), LS
Nick Sundberg(2009) and Browns LB Paul Kruger (2009-12) all played together in Baltimore.
Tyler Polumbusand Browns OL Paul McQuistan were teammates in Seattle in 2011.
- DE Clifton Geathers (2013) and Browns S Jordan Poyer (2013) were teammates in Philadelphia.
- WR Andre Roberts (2010-13), Browns TE Jim Dray (2011-13) and Browns QB Brian Hoyer (2012) played together in Arizona.
- G Mike McGlynn (2011) and Browns WR Andrew Hawkins (2011-13) played together in Cincinnati.
Brandon Meriweather(2007-10) played with Browns QB Brian Hoyer (2009-11) in New England.
- QB Colt McCoy and Browns DB Donte Whitner were teammates in San Francisco in 2013.
Darryl Sharpton(2010-13), Browns RB Ben Tate (2011-13) and Browns FB Chris Ogbonnaya (2011) all played together at Houston.
- Sharpton (2010-13) and Browns LB Zac Diles (2007-10) were teammates at Houston.
Santana Mossplayed with Browns Assistant Defensive Back Aaron Glenn in 2001 when Glenn played as a defensive back at the New York Jets.
Notable College Connections:
- QB Robert Griffin III, Browns WR Josh Gordon and DL Phil Taylor all played together at Baylor from 2009-10.
Trenton Robinson(2008-11), QB Kirk Cousins (2007-11) and Browns QB Brian Hoyer (2005-08) played together at Michigan State during the 2008 season. Browns RB Edwin Baker joined the team in 2009 and played with Cousins and Robinson from 2009-11.
- K Kai Forbath, TE
Logan Paulsenand Browns LS Christian Yount played together at UCLA from 2006-09.
- P Robert Malone, S
Phillip Thomasand Browns WR Marlon Moore played together at Fresno State from 2008-09.
DeSean Jackson, LS Nick Sundberg, Browns OL Alex Mack and OL Mitchell Schwartz all played together at California-Berkeley during the 2007 season.
- QB Colt McCoy, LB
Keenan Robinson, LB Brian Orakpo and Browns FB Chris Ogbonnaya all played together at Texas during the 2008 season.
- LB Perry Riley, Jr. and Browns LB Barkevious Mingo played together at LSU in 2009.
Chris Thompsonand Browns DL Jacobbi McDaniel played together at FSU from 2009-12.
Roy Helu Jr., LB Will Compton, G Spencer Long, TE Niles Pauland Browns LB Eric Martin all played together at Nebraska from 2009-10.
- LB Darryl Sharpton, WR
Leonard Hankersonand Browns WR Travis Benjamin all played together at Miami (Fla.) in 2009.
Chase Minnifield, T Morgan Mosesand Browns WR Tim Smith all played together at Virginia from 2010-12.
Gabe Millerand Browns DB Jordan Poyer played together at Oregon State from 2009-10.
Rob Jacksonand Browns LB Zac Diles played together at Kansas State University in 2006.
Adam Gettisand Browns LB Chris Kirksey played together at Iowa during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
- G/C Mike McGlynn, Browns DB Aaron Berry and LB Jabaal Sheard played together at Pitt during the 2006 and 2007 seasons.
Trent Murphyand Browns DB Johnson Bademosi played together at Stanford from 2009-11.
Maurice Hurt, TE Jordan Reedand Browns DB Joe Haden played together at Florida in 2009.
Ryan Kerriganand Browns DB Royce Adams played together at Purdue from 2007-09.
- DE Clifton Geathers and Browns P Spencer Lanning played together at South Carolina from 2007-09.