Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, September 28, four days before the Washington Redskins host the Cleveland Browns.
—Today's schedule: Practice 1:00; Kirk Cousins and Jay Gruden news conferences and player availability after practice, approx. 3 p.m.
—Days until: Redskins @ Ravens 11; Eagles @ Redskins 18; Redskins vs. Bengals in London 33
First thoughts on Redskins vs. Browns
—This game is so much a trap that it’s not a trap. It is way too obvious that the Redskins have to be careful not to overlook a Cleveland team that went to Miami and took the Dolphins to overtime last Sunday. The danger of taking them lightly and getting upset is staring them right in the face. The Redskins may lose but not because they were caught off guard.
—It also should be painfully obvious to the Redskins that they have to be careful not to beaten by a rookie quarterback who was taken in the middle rounds. Actually, Cody Kessler was taken ahead of Dak Prescott. Kessler was a third-round pick and he played pretty well against the Miami, completing 64 percent of his passing with no interceptions and a respectable passer rating of 85.9. Certainly Prescott has more talent around him, particularly on the offensive line. But Kessler has some ability and could be dangerous.
—Kessler’s primary target is Terrelle Pryor, the quarterback turned receiver who got it done in a few different ways against the Dolphins, catching eight passes for 144 yards and taking 14 snaps at quarterback. Pryor went three of five passing and ran for 21 yards. His primary role will remain as a receiver and while he's not good enough to warrant Josh Norman one-on-one coverage he is talented enough to do some damage.
—Kessler has a good pair of running backs to hand off to. Primary back Isiah Crowell is second in the NFL with 274 yards rushing. He tore off an 85-yard run against the Ravens, a run that considerably helps his average of 6.1 yards per carry. Duke Johnson is averaging 6.4 yards per attempt on his 16 carries.
—The crowd that screams about wanting the Redskins to run the ball more might remain angry after this game. It looks like the air is the best way to go about attacking the Browns. They are 20th in the league allowing 7.4 yards per pass attempt and 13th allowing 3.9 yards per rushing attempt.
Tandler on Twitter
Did Baker’s hard sack of Eli affect the QB for the rest of the game? Before sack passer rating 132.9. After the sack 63.9 rating.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) September 27, 2016
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