The Redskins learned early late Saturday night that Robert Griffin III would not be playing. The response? RG3′s back-up, Kirk Cousins, managed to throw two touchdowns and 329 yards. Cousins had one interception, mid-first quarter, which the Browns quickly scored thereafter. However, the Redskins offense and defense led the way the rest of the way.
The Browns, who everyone was hyping up as a team that was better than their record, were fairly confident that they could upend the Redskins who had won their previous four games. Instead, the Redskins controlled the pace of the game in all three phases. The Redskins are now in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC East but they have the edge over the Cowboys and Giants due to a better divisional record.