Redskins.com's Brian Tinsman breaks down the key players and matchups to keep an eye on during Sunday's Redskins-Browns rematch at FedExField.
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WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE!
On March 10, 2012, the Redskins announced a blockbuster trade with the St. Louis Rams that netted them the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, which was eventually used on
The Redskins have had mixed results against the physical AFC North this year, with Griffin III throwing three of his four lowest completion percentages against the Bengals, Steelers and Ravens. He has also been sacked nine times in three games, and fumbled five times. The Redskins offense must execute at a high level and the protection scheme must hold up against a Cleveland Browns defense that ranked No. 6 in the NFL with 21 forced fumbles.
KEEP KERRIGAN KRACKING
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His pressure paid higher dividends later in the game, as Flacco's erratic pass was tipped by nose tackle
So far this season, Weeden has 24 sacks and four more turnovers than touchdowns. Like most rookies, he is susceptible to mistakes if Kerrigan and
WIN THE ROOKIE BOWL
Sunday's game should be competitive for 60 minutes, with both teams leaning heavily on an army of rookies, particularly on offense.
For the Redskins, either Cousins or Griffin III is likely to earn the start, with the other waiting in the wings if necessary. Alfred Morris has been sensational this season, and looks for his fourth-consecutive 100-yard game in less-than-ideal weather conditions. On special teams,
For the Browns, Weeden, running back Trent Richardon and receiver Josh Gordon look to become the first rookie trio to lead their team in yardage at their respective positions since the 1968 Buffalo Bills.
Richardson and Morris are childhood friends from Florida, but Morris is having the better rookie season by nearly 400 yards on the ground. Richardson holds the advantage in goal line situations, leading by two touchdowns.
The running game should be key in this game, as forecasts call for a 40 percent chance of rain with 15 MPH winds. Whichever team holds the ball late in the game will likely win this December contest.
USE THE FULL ARSENAL
With defensive backs Joe Haden, Sheldon Brown and T.J. Ward, the Browns boast a formiddable secondary that has 11 takeaways already this year. With Haden likely to cover Pierre Garcon, the Redskins will need to target other receivers to take advantage of more favorable matchups.
The Redskins have done a good job sharing the ball around, with 15 Redskins receiving passes from Griffin III and Cousins. Look for that trend to continue this week, as