NFL Football

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Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Washington 7 0 13 0 20
Cleveland 0 17 0 17 34
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10:00 AM PT11:00 AM MT12:00 PM CT1:00 PM ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 AM MST12:00 PM EST12:00 PM CT21:00 UAE13:00 ET16:00 , September 27, 2020
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Washington Football Team at Cleveland Browns

  1. Washington lost to Arizona, 30-15, after allowing the Cardinals to score the game's first 20 points (trailed 20-0 at halftime). Washington is averaging 7.7 points per game in the first half since last season, lowest in the NFL.
  2. For the first time in seven games, the Browns held their opponent to under 100 rushing yards (68) as they picked up a 35-30 win over the Bengals last Thursday night. Cleveland had allowed 1062 rushing yards over its previous six games combined.
  3. Washington is 12-33-1 all-time against Cleveland, but seven of those wins have come in the last nine matchups. Washington's current three-game win streak over the Browns is tied for the team's second-longest active streak against an opponent (Jaguars -- 4).
  4. After hauling in seven passes for 125 yards and a touchdown versus Arizona, Terry McLaurin is accounting for 46.4 percent of Washington's receiving yards (186/401), the highest in the NFL.
  5. For the first time in seven games, Baker Mayfield recorded a passer rating of at least 100.0 after throwing for 219 yards and two touchdowns against the Bengals (110.6). Cleveland is 9-1 when Mayfield has a 100.0 passer rating or better (only loss was a 26-23 defeat in overtime against Tampa Bay in 2018).
  6. There are 11 players in the NFL with 150+ rushing yards this season and two of them play for the Browns (Nick Chubb -- 184, Kareem Hunt -- 158).
Team Comparison

Washington
 
Cleveland
21.0 Points 20.5
200.5 Pass Yds 204.0
98.5 Rush Yds 176.5
4 Takeaways 2
(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) - The last time Baker Mayfield faced a talented, quarterback-seeking defensive line anchored by the No. 2 overall draft pick, things didn't go well.

The San Francisco 49ers menaced and mauled Mayfield last season.

On Sunday the Browns' QB faces Washington's ferocious front.

"Game wreckers," Mayfield said while describing a unit led by rookie Chase Young that leads the NFL with 11 sacks after two weeks.

Protecting Mayfield will be one of the primary objectives for the Browns (1-1), who are looking to keep their momentum rolling after rebounding from a brutal opener by beating the Cincinnati Bengals 35-30 last Thursday night.

Cleveland has used the extra days off to get healthier and prepare for Washington's talented and deep D-line, which is stacked with first-round picks and can create pressure from inside and the edge.

In Week 5 last year, the 49ers had Mayfield scrambling for his safety on almost every snap in a 31-3 loss. He was sacked four times, harassed numerous others, completed just 8 of 22 passes for 100 yards and threw two interceptions.

It may have been the low point in a season of lows for Mayfield and the Browns. It was also a good lesson for the third-year QB as the Niners showed some new defensive looks.

This time, he feels more prepared for what might be coming.

"Just what they are trying to do, let those guys go make plays," said Mayfield, who wasn't sacked by Cincinnati. "San Fran had where they put the five bigs in the game and said one on one, somebody is going to win. We are not seeing that with Washington. That does not mean they can't show up and do that because they have the personnel. It is just different schematically, but yes, talent-wise, very similar."

The Niners had Joey Bosa, fresh out of Ohio State. Washington has Young, another Buckeye who is already proving to be worth his high selection. His 2 1/2 sacks are tied for the league lead.

"Just a freak of nature," said Browns rookie left tackle Jedrick Wills, who may be matched up at times against Young. "You do not see a lot of guys like him around the league. He just has a lot of size and ability and a lot of speed and power, which is a good combination of everything you need."

RUN, RUN, RUN

The Browns churned out 215 yards rushing against the Bengals and fullback Andy Janovich said it "could have had 300 or 400 - if we wanted."

Get to used to it.

Cleveland's going to lean on Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, two backs capable of ripping off a touchdown run from anywhere on the field.

"It gives a boost to the offense - especially the offensive line - when you've got a guy that all you need to do is give him a crack," said Washington coach Ron Rivera. "They've got two guys that can do that."

RIGHT IS ALL RIGHT

The Browns will be at full strength to handle Washington's rush as right tackle Jack Conklin returns from an ankle injury suffered in Week 1.

Conklin, who signed a three-year, $42 million deal as a free agent with Cleveland in March, said the Browns have their hands full with Washington's line.

"Obviously they're a great front and they're playing really well," he said. "They've got some young guys up there that are doing a great job and really coming together and working as a group. It'll be a great challenge for us this week to keep everybody clean."

HASKINS' PROGRESS

Because Dwayne Haskins only started seven games as a rookie, the 2019 first-round pick is still making some mistakes like a first-year pro quarterback.

Rivera in particular wondered aloud if Haskins being so hyped up is contributing to jitters early in games, because the Ohio State product settles in nicely.

Haskins lost a fumble in Washington's Week 2 loss at Arizona and is learning on the fly.

"The biggest thing is just trusting the play, playing the play out and not letting the last play affect the new play and just focusing on what my reads are and not trying to bypass a 1 or 2-yard completion that could be a first down and try to throw a 15, 14-yard curl route," Haskins said. "Just trying to make sure the play and completion game moves us down the field."

HEALTHY FEELING

The Browns got three expected defensive starters back this week as linebacker Mack Wilson (knee) and cornerbacks Greedy Williams (shoulder) and Kevin Johnson (lacerated liver) returned from injuries suffered in training camp.

It's not known how much they'll play Sunday to help a defense that has given up 69 points in two games.

NO SCHERFF

Washington got what Rivera called good news on standout right guard Brandon Scherff, who will only miss a few weeks and not the entire season with a right knee injury. Scherff got rolled up on last week against the Cardinals.

Veteran free agent pickup Wes Schweitzer could start in Scherff's place. He replaced Scherff against Arizona, but Rivera was noncommittal this week.

"I thought Wes did a nice job," he said. "We've got a good slew of offensive linemen. We're going to be working a lot of guys."

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AP Sports Writer Stephen Whyno contributed to this report.

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Updated September 27, 2020

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