After a thrilling, come-from-behind, overtime victory over their Beltway neighbors -- the Baltimore Ravens -- the Washington Redskins will face another AFC North foe in the Cleveland Browns this Sunday.
The Redskins notched their fourth straight win as they defeated the Ravens 31-28 in overtime in front of 81,178 people at FedEx Field. The home team scored the last 11 points in the fourth quarter and the extra period without the services of star rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III who injured his knee late in the fourth quarter. Griffin, who had an MRI performed after the game, sprained his right knee but had no ligament damage or signs of a season-ending injury. However, Griffin's status for the game against Cleveland was unknown as of late Monday.
The Redskins's other rookie QB – Kirk Cousins – entered the game and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Pierre Garçon and then tied the game himself with the two-point conversion. Placekicker Kai Forbath booted his 12th straight successful field goal – a 34-yarder – for the winning score in overtime.
"Kirk prepares like he is a starter," said Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan. "We are very confident that Kirk can do the job."
The continued presence of Garçon in recent weeks has been a big difference. The Redskins are now 6-1 when he is in the lineup and 1-5 when he has not been available. However, Garçon says he is not the big reason the Redskins's offense has been playing so well.
"I don't think I've made such a big difference," Garçon said. "I'm just trying to play hard every week and I think my teammates respect that."
The Redskins now have a record of 7-6 and are tied with the Dallas Cowboys for second place in the NFC East, one game behind the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants. Both the Cowboys and Giants won last Sunday.
The Browns are in last place in the AFC North with a record of 5-8 but are coming off a 30-7 victory over the emotionally struggling Kansas City Chiefs in Cleveland. The Browns also have a rookie starting quarterback in Brandon Weeden, who threw for 217 yards against the Chiefs. Rookie running back Trent Richardson scored twice from one yard out. Another rookie – Travis Benjamin – set a team record with a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown, the longest in franchise history.