Redskins vs Browns – Five Keys to the Game

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Jul 30, 2015; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) throws over Cleveland Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo (51) during training camp at the Cleveland Browns practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

3. Control the Browns passing game

The Redskins pass defense wasn’t very good last season to say the least but they have taken steps to improve it this season and a better performance is expected.  They’ve added pass rushers and more depth in the secondary to ensure that 2014’s performance isn’t repeated.

The secondary features cornerback Chris Culliver and a new set of safeties as well.  So even though injuries have hit the cornerback unit hard, the Redskins still need to work on having the new players be effective against the Browns receivers.

And let’s face it, with Josh Gordon suspended the Browns don’t have a lot of fire power in their passing attack.  They have Josh McCown starting at quarterback and while he played well against the Redskins in the regular season last year with the Buccaneers, he won’t have a Mike Evans or a Vincent Jackson to throw to with the Browns.

So if the Browns are having success passing the ball in this game then something’s wrong.  McCown as the starter probably won’t play much, so backup Johnny Manziel will probably see a lot of time in this game and he’s learning a new offense under John DeFillipo, so the Redskins should have the advantage.

Pass rushing is also something the Redskins need to do well in this game, especially outside linebackers Trent Murphy and rookie Preston Smith.  Starter Ryan Kerrigan and newly signed Junior Galette won’t play.  So A good pass rush from Murphy and Smith will aid the secondary in the coverage.

Next: 4. Get a good performance from Special Teams