- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 2, 2016

Three Browns turnovers allowed the Redskins to secure a 31-20 win, bringing their record to 2-2 on the season.

The Redskins pulled together their best drive of the game to start the fourth quarter. Matt Jones ran for 52 yards on the drive, and Chris Thompson fielded the five yard pass to cap off the 91-yard drive with a touchdown. The drive would end up being the Redskins’ game-winning drive.

Washington struggled against the Browns run game, as Isaiah Crowell was able to gain 112 yards on just 15 carries. However, the Redskins were able to force three critical turnovers on three straight Cleveland drives. Defensive back Quinton Dunbar recovered a fumble in the Redskins’ red zone and on the Browns’ next drive, cornerback Josh Norman recovered another.

Norman then made a diving catch for an interception, his first as a Redskin, on the Browns’ 24. After the takeaway, Norman had an unsportsmanlike penalty for “shooting a bow and arrow” during a mock celebration.

Norman struggled in the first half of the game, taking a pass interference penalty on a downfield pass intended for Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, who had four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown. But Norman settled down in the second half, recording six total tackles, including one for a loss, an interception and a defended pass. Norman held Pryor to just one catch for four yards in the second half.

Jones finished with his strongest game of the season, rushing 22 times for 117 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Jordan Reed also finished with his best game of the season, nine catches for 73 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Kirk Cousins completed his first seven passes of the game, and managed to complete 21 of his 27 total pass attempts for 183 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception.



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