The Redskins needed to rally from behind in order to get their second win of the season.
But a win is a win, even if there are still some issues.
Here are five things we learned from the Redskins' 31-20 win over the Browns.
PHOTOS: REDSKINS 31, BROWNS 20
1. Matt Jones is coachable. Jay Gruden told the media last week that he didn’t particularly like the way that Jones ran in the first half of the Giants game.
The big back wasn’t running like a big back. Today he used his power from the start and that got the running game going. Jones 22 carries were a career high and his 117 yards were the most he has gained since Week 2 of last year, his rookie season.
2. The Redskins can win without a great game from Kirk Cousins. He had a passer rating of 116.5, which is very good, but it was somewhat deceiving.
For a long stretch of the game, including most of the second and third quarters, Cousins looked hesitant. He threw a head-scratching interception that helped let the Browns get back into the game and in the fourth quarter he took a momentum-killing sack when it seemed like he easily could have thrown the ball away. Cousins’ 183 passing yards were the fewest he has had in a game that he started and finished since Week 17 in 2013.
3. The Redskins defense is very reliant on takeaways. If not for four recovered fumbles and a couple of interceptions over the last two games they could well 0-4.
The players aren’t going to apologize for it nor should they. But there will be days when the ball doesn’t bounce your way and you have to wonder how they will stop other teams when it doesn’t.
4. Red zone woes vanish. It’s amazing how fast red zone woes will go away when you throw the ball to your best weapon and run the ball some.
After struggling inside the 20 all year they got touchdowns four of the five times they got into the red zone today, scoring on two passes from Cousins to Jordan Reed, another toss from Cousins to Chris Thompson, and a one-yard Matt Jones run. If they learn from this they could prosper
5. Finish the job. The Redskins still don’t know how to put away an inferior opponent or confuse a rookie quarterback.
Cody Kessler didn’t seem to be rattled by anything even though he did throw a key interception. He completed 70 percent of his passes and was posed to put his team up by two scores before a fumble cost them in a goal to go situation.