- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 2, 2016

The Redskins allowed the Browns to get back into the game, taking a lead into the first half.

The Redskins’ top pass rusher, Ryan Kerrigan, exited the game early in the second quarter with a left elbow injury. He is questionable to return.

After Kerrigan’s exit, the Browns run game began to take control of the game. The Browns scored on an 81-yard drive, ending with a 2-yard rush by Isaiah Crowell. Crowell rushed for 40 yards on the drive.

On the first play of the Redskins’ first drive of the second quarter, Kirk Cousins threw an interception on a pass intended for Jamison Crowder. Jamar Taylor, who caught the interception, scampered for 29 yards on the return, giving the Browns great field position on the Redskins’ own 12 yard line. The Browns would score a 9-yard touchdown on a reception by Terrelle Pryor. Both Josh Norman and Will Blackmon were doubling on Pryor.

The Redskins answered with what was originally a solid drive, highlighted by a 26-yard reception by tight end Jordan Reed, but was stunted by costly penalties and poor play execution. Dustin Hopkins nailed his 49-yard attempt. Hopkins has made all 12 of his field goal attempts this season.

In the final drive of the first half, the Browns recorded 42 yards on six plays, settling for a field goal by Cody Parkey. Parkey, who missed three field goals last week against the Miami Dolphins, made the 51-yard attempt to tie the game and close the half.

Through two quarters, Reed has seven receptions for 58 yards and 2 touchdowns. Matt Jones leads the team in rushing, with 38 yards on 11 carries. Cousins has completed 13 of his 17 passes for 97 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception.

Norman has struggled tremendously against wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. Pryor has managed to record four receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown. Pryor also drew a pass interference penalty against Norman.

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