Washington Football Team vs. Cleveland Browns
Sunday, September 27, 2020 – 1:00pm EST FirstEnergy Stadium
The Washington Football Team shocked many people in the first game of the season. They got the win over the Eagles but quickly fell short against the Arizona Cardinals in the second week of the season.
Washington is led by Dwayne Haskins who has thrown for 401 yards and two touchdowns in his first two games this season. Haskins has been sacked seven times in these two games and the rushing attack isn’t doing much to help Haskins offensively.
The defense is helping them stay in games. Not the offense. Just 33.3 percent of drives have been scoring drives against the Football Team’s defense. That’s pretty low especially after facing the Eagles and Cardinals. Washington has also turned the ball over just under 15 percent of drives this season.
But it might be too early to put some weight into their defense and season as a whole. The Football Team was projected to be one of the worst teams in the NFL this season. They’ve got a young core and young group that hasn’t shown much as a whole just yet.
The Football Team is only averaging 299 yards on offense and are allowing 386.5 yards on defense. However, the rushing attack on offense is just averaging 98.5 yards per game. That’s under 100 yards rushing in a game. There aren’t many teams in the NFL, through two games, that have less than 100 yards rushing on offense.
Washington is one of them. The offensive line hasn’t looked good, allowing plenty of sacks and obviously not giving solid holes for their running backs. Meanwhile, the rushing defense for the Football Team has played well. They’ve allowed just 108.5 yards on the ground per game, which is a very solid number. This team is gifted up front with Chase Young in action but the secondary isn’t anything to hype about.
The Cleveland Browns will come into this game 1-1 after a Thursday night win against the Bengals. The Browns are averaging 176.5 yards on the ground to start the season per game. Will the Washington front be able to stop Nick Chubb and the Browns running game or will the Browns rushing attack prove effective and run all over Washington?
It’s hard to know exactly. The Browns couldn’t figure out anything offensively against the Baltimore Ravens in their first game but against a poor defense in the Bengals, the Browns figured it out. Washington likely has a better defense than the Bengals. I’m not sure the Browns will get 176.5 yards on the ground but they’ll gain solid chunks of yards.
However, the bigger issue for the Browns will be their defense and sportsbooks are surely aware. This defense allowed nearly 400 yards of offense per game in their first two games this season. The Ravens are a tough task in week one, but the Bengals offense was able to throw around the field against the Browns secondary.
The Football Team have only averaged 200.5 yards passing per game. Haskins hasn’t proved anything as a passing quarterback. And it’s not like Baker Mayfield has either but he has the weapons to make him look good, like Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry just to name a few.
I expect the Browns to pound the ball and run against the Washington defense. This will help open up the passing game and when you have some serious playmakers catching passes, things will go your way. The Washington secondary is allowing 378 yards passing per game this season along with 108.5 yards rushing. If the rushing game stalls, the Browns will always have the passing game.
The Browns rushing defense also doesn’t get enough credit. They’ve held the Browns and Bengals, who are solid offenses when it comes to the run, to 89.5 yards per game this season.
Haskins will surely make a couple of mistakes against the Browns and the run game won’t work. I’m not buying into Washington and their week one victory. Instead, I like this game to go under the total of 45.
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