Coming into this game the offensive players for the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Browns got most of the headlines. But it was the defenses that made the most noise to start the game. Especially the Redskins defense. Had it not been for four turnovers by the Redskins offense it might have been a dominating performance. But the Redskins offense was inconsistent at the start of the 24-23 victory.Quarterback Robert Griffin III at times looked very good running head coach Jay Gruden’s offense. Reading the defense and going through his progressions RGIII started out strong. But two false start penalties and an early interception made his second preseason performance somewhat uneven. However, we did get a nice look at new Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson who showed off his speed with 2 catches for 34 yards.
And the other free agent signing at wide receiver Andre Roberts had a good performance also. However, the Redskins running game started slowly as running back Alfred Morris had a first quarter fumble and was stopped on a goal line stand by the Browns defense as well. But the Redskins defense was the difference in the game.
Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan had two sacks and the Browns quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel both had trouble getting consistency on offense. The Redskins also had a lot of hard-hitting from their secondary as safety Bacarri Rambo and corner Bashaud Breeland stood out with some nice open field tackles in the game.
But the Browns made a nice second half rally in the third quarter with an 8 yard Johnny Manziel touchdown pass and then took the lead with a 19 yard interception return for a touchdown by safety Jim Leonhard. The Redskins then responded with a 53 yard drive ending with a 26 yard field goal by Kai Forbath.
The Redskins sealed the deal late in the fourth with 30 yard touchdown pass from Colt McCoy to Nick Williams to go up 24-17. However, Browns backup quarterback Connor Shaw threw a hail mary that was answered for a 45 yard TD pass at the end of regulation. But the they failed at the two point conversion and the Redskins held on for a 24-23 victory.