Redskins vs Browns – Five Keys to the Game

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Jun 16, 2015; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) hands the ball off during drills as part of day one of Redskins Minicamp at Redskins Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins take on the Cleveland Browns in the first preseason game of 2015 on Thursday night.  And while it’s not imperative that they win this game, there are still some things that the Redskins will want to accomplish in this first matchup in trying to gain that first win of the preseason and come out with no further injuries.

1. Score Points Early

This is one area where the Washington Redskins weren’t very good at last season was putting points on the board early.  Typically they would fall behind early in the first quarter and then have to abandon the running game in order to play catch up.

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This was also a problem in the preseason last year as the Redskins offense was sporadic and quarterback Robert Griffin III couldn’t generate points.  The team would score when Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy came in against the other teams reserves but the starters struggled.

That needs to change this year and with most of the offensive players going into their second season in Jay Gruden’s offense, things should run more smoothly.  So early in this game, the goal for the Redskins offense should be to score at least a touchdown in the first few possessions.

Without DeSean Jackson playing it will be interesting to see what the Redskins do for a deep threat.  But even if big plays don’t materialize in the passing game, an efficient balance between the run and the pass in the first quarter will go a long way in setting the tone for the rest of the preseason.

Next: 2. Establish the running game