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Washington Redskins vs. Cleveland Browns - 8/18/14

Cleveland Browns (0-1) at Washington Redskins (1-0)

NFL Football: Monday, August 18, 2014 at 8:00 pm (FedExField)

The Line: Washington Redskins -2.5 -- Over/Under: 41 See the Latest Odds


Two quarterbacks people are interested in watching this season, RGIII and Johnny Manziel will be taking the field on Monday night as the Browns head to Washington to face the Redskins.

The Washington Redskins host the Browns on Monday night.  The Redskins are 1-0 this preseason, coming off a 23-6 win over the Patriots.  The Redskins played well against the Pats, with all three quarterbacks seeing action.  Statistically, Former 49er and Brown Colt McCoy played the best against New England, but Kirk Cousins really stood out.  In fact, New England players were even saying how Cousins is the best quarterback the Redskins have right now.  Cousins went 9/13 for 103 yards and a score against the Pats.  Washington really focused on the ground game against New England, rushing the ball 44 times on the day.  Rookie back Lache Seastrunk put on the best show, picking up 63 yards on 12 carries, while starter Alfred Morris picked up 27 yards on five carries.  The defense for the ‘Skins played well as well, with both Kerrigan and Orakpo looking solid against the Pats starters 

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Washington Redskins vs. Cleveland Browns - 8/18/14

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The Cleveland Browns had a lot of eyes on them in their preseason opener, as everyone wanted to see what rookie star Johnny Manziel would do.  Manziel played well for the Browns, but so did Brian Hoyer, which does nothing to clear up the day one starter question for the Browns.  Hoyer got the starting nod in their opener against the Lions, but who gets the starting nod here on Monday against the Redskins number ones.  Hoyer went 6/14 for 92 yards, and Manziel went 7/11 for 63 yards, while also leading the Browns in rushing on the night, with 27 yards on 6 attempts.  Manziel showed us his playmaking ability, but I’m sure the Browns front office would prefer he keep the running to a minimum, although to his credit he did do a nice job of avoiding big hits while scrambling around.  

Not that trends are all that important in the preseason, but here are a few of note.  The Browns are just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games on grass, and just 1-6 overall in their last seven games.  The Redskins have gone under the total, four of their last five games played on grass.

I’m going to take the Browns here.  Personally if I was playing this one, I’d lay off until later Monday night as the number is likely to climb a bit, and hopefully we can get +3.5 or better with the Browns, getting us above the key number of three.

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