The Washington Football Team and Cleveland Browns meet in one of the least anticipated matchups in Week 3. Besides fans of Washington and the Browns, along with gamblers, this game is not going to get much attention in Cleveland. The Browns are going into Week 3 with some extra rest following a week in Week 2 on Thursday Night Football. The offense was impressive in a 35-30 win over the Bengals, but the defense left a lot to be desired.
There’s good Baker and then there’s bad Baker. Browns’ fans can testify what I mean by good and bad Baker. Baker Mayfield is a polarizing figure. One week he can have you thinking that the Browns have their guy. And in other weeks, we’re left wondering when enough is enough and he gets benched in favor of the backup. In this case, it would be Case Keenum.
No, Mayfield isn’t going to get benched, but the question still remains whether he’s the franchise quarterback. If he could find some consistency, then yes, it’s an easy answer and Mayfield will be in Cleveland for a long time. He doesn’t seem to be a self motivator, and I think that’s where his problem lies. After a poor start in Week 1, he came back in Week 2 wanting to prove everyone wrong.
Will Baker have that me versus the world mentality against Washington on Sunday afternoon? If he does, then expect another big performance from him. He had extra time to prepare for Washington this week, so there aren’t any excuses for a flat performance from him. He is coming off an outing which saw him go for 219 yards and 2 touchdowns with an interception.
Nick Chubb was the focal point of the Browns game plan, as he rushed for 124 yards on 22 carries. When the run game is working, it takes a big load off Mayfield. He will have to deal with a very talented defensive line on Sunday afternoon. They gave Carson Wentz fits, forcing him into multiple mistakes en route to a 27-17 win to open the season.
Despite a 30-15 loss versus the Cardinals on the road, the Washington defense did a respectable job containing Kyler Murray’s arm. He was just too slippery for Washington, with most of his damage done on the ground. Mayfield has some running ability, but nothing like fellow Sooner, Kyler Murray. Head below for our free Washington vs. Cleveland Browns pick for September 27, 2020 in NFL Week 3.
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Browns’ fans have to hope that Baker Mayfield did his homework on the Washington defensive line. That’s the major strength of the Washington Football Team. They came after Carson Wentz for a whopping eight sacks in Week 1. The Eagles have offensive line issues, and I wouldn’t say that the Brown’s situation is that great.
Better than the Eagles, yes, but I can see the Browns struggling to slow that unit down. Washington had more trouble bringing Kyle Murray down in the backfield last week, but that’s expected against an elusive quarterback like him. Like I noted above, Baker can move around in the pocket a bit, but not nearly like Murray.
He will have to navigate around a ferocious pass rush in this one. Washington has been a bit underrated against the run as well. They haven’t been perfect, with 217 rushing yards allowed through two games for 11th in the league, but you have to take into consideration the 67 yards that Murray rushed for. Washington won’t have to worry about a running quarterback on Sunday afternoon.
Dwayne Haskins needs time to develop, but he has the tool to be a good quarterback in the NFL. He hasn’t been awful for a benching, though there is room for improvement in his game. The former Buckeye hasn’t made a mistake with an interception, so that’s going for him, and he’s also thrown 2 touchdowns. Haskins threw 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions as a rookie in 2019.
The Browns’ defense is beatable, as shown by the Ravens and Bengals. Lamar Jackson threw for 3 touchdowns in Week 1, and then rookie Joe Burrow followed up to connect for 3 touchdowns and 316 yards. I think Haskins can do enough damage against this secondary.
There are three defenders out for the Browns, with starting corner Greedy Williams, defensive end Olivier Vernon, and rookie Jacob Philips officially ruled out. Denzel Ward was limited in practice on Friday, so that would be a blow if Ward isn’t full strength with Greedy already out of the game. I think this is a competitive game, with Washington hanging in there to keep things within striking distance.