After a humbling loss to the Arizona Cardinals within the desert, Washington makes its first journey to Cleveland since 2012 trying to climb again above .500. One week after overcoming an early 17-Zero deficit to stun the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington couldn’t recuperate from a 20-0, first-half deficit in opposition to Arizona. Coach Ron Rivera is hoping for a sooner begin in opposition to the 1-1 Browns.
Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins has struggled within the first two quarters of each video games earlier than exhibiting enchancment after halftime. He and the Washington offensive line can be with out proper guard Brandon Scherff, who suffered a knee harm in opposition to the Cardinals. Large receiver Terry McLaurin had seven catches for 125 yards and a landing in final week’s loss and could possibly be posed for an additional massive recreation in opposition to a Cleveland protection that allowed 315 yards passing to Bengals rookie quarterback Joe Burrow in its final outing.
Cleveland operating backs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt each rank within the high 10 in speeding yards by means of two weeks. The duo’s effectiveness has helped arrange alternatives off play-action for quarterback Baker Mayfield, whose weapons embrace vast receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry. Washington gave up a few lengthy passing performs in final week’s loss to Arizona, however the secondary may obtain a lift with the anticipated return of cornerback Kendall Fuller from a knee harm.
Sunday’s recreation additionally encompasses a little bit of historical past. For the primary time in an NFL common season recreation, there can be a feminine coach on each sidelines (Washington’s Jennifer King and Cleveland’s Callie Brownson) and a feminine official (Sarah Thomas).