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NFL Week 3 Preview: Washington Football Team at Cleveland Browns

Previewing the match-up between the Washington Football Team visiting the Cleveland Browns, focusing on key injuries and game notes.

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WEEK 3 PREVIEWS:
MIA @ JAX | SF @ NYG | WAS @ CLE | CIN @ PHI | LV @ NE | CHI @ ATL | LAR @ BUF | HOU @ PIT
TEN @ MIN | CAR @ LAC | NYJ @ IND | DAL @ SEA | DET @ ARZ | TB @ DEN | GB @ NO | KC @ BAL

Washington Football Team @ Cleveland Browns
When: 9/27 @ 1pm
Watch: FOX
Point Spread: Browns – 7
Over/Under: 44.5
Moneyline: Washington +265 | Browns -330

Washington Key Injuries: Saadiq Charles, T, Thigh (Q), Morgan Moses, T, Hip (Q), Cole Holcomb, LB, Knee (Q)

Browns Key Injuries: Olivier Vernon, DE, Abdomen (Q), Jacob Phillips, LB, Knee (Q), Adrian Clayborn, DE, Hip (Q)

Notes: Dwayne Haskins passed for 223 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 88.3 rating in Week 2. Has 2 TDs vs. INT for 82.3 rating in 2
career starts vs. AFC.

Antonio Gibson (rookie) rushed for 55 yards & had 1st career rush TD last week. J.D. McKissic had 53 rush yards last week.

Terry McLaurin led team with 7 receptions for 125 yards & had TD catch in Week 2, his 4th-career 100-yard game. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rec. TD. Has 5 TD catches in 7 career road games. Steven Sims had 53 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has 4 TD catches in his past 5.

The Washington defense has an amazing front 7 and will be relying heavily on the unit to get pressure on Baker Mayfield all game. The recipe for beating the Browns is getting to Mayfield early, building a lead, and forcing them to play from behind. The first quarter will have a heightened importance in this Week 3 matchup.

Baker Mayfield completed 16 of 23 passes (69.6 pct.) for 219 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 110.6 rating last week, his 6th-career game with 110+ rating. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 245+ pass yards. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 2+ TD passes.

Nick Chubb rushed for 124 yards & 2 TDs last week. Has 889 scrimmage yards (127 per game) & 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in
his past 7 vs. NFC. Has 105+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Has 1,494 rush yards since 2019, 2nd-most in NFL. Kareem Hunt had 101 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 15 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 2. Had 121 scrimmage yards (101 rush, 20 rec.) in only career game vs. Was. (10/2/17 with KC). Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 at home. Chubb (2) & Hunt (2) only pair of AFC RB teammates each with 2+ TDs this season.

Odell Beckham Jr. led team with 4 catches for 74 yards & TD last week. Has 48 catches for 665 yards (110.8 per game)
& 5 TDs in 6 career games vs. Was. Jarvis Landry had 46 rec. yards in Week 2. Had 8 catches for 53 yards in only career game vs. Was. (9/13/15 with Mia.). Has 7+ catches in 3 of 4 career games vs. NFC East.

Myles Garrett was amazing in Week 2 and looks to continue his rampage against the porous Washington line. He has the potential to wreck this game all on his own. If Haskins is under pressure all game, Washington has little chance in this game.

Cozine is currently a journalism major at the University of Oregon and part of the SemiPro Media team as a Co-Assistant Editor and Staff Writer. He has a passion for football analytics, as well as studying film to understand what the numbers don't fully capture. Cozine is still holding onto the Jets' Super Bowl win from 1969 to maintain sanity.

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