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Washington Football Rewind: Three things that changed the game vs. Cleveland

Washington Football Rewind: 3 things that changed the game vs. Browns originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Washington Football team dropped its second consecutive contest this past Sunday, falling to the Cleveland Browns, 34-20, on the road.

While the score may look as if Cleveland dominated Washington throughout the contest, that wasn’t the case.

The Burgundy and Gold outplayed Cleveland in both the first and third quarters and even entered the final 15 minutes with a three-point lead. However, Cleveland put together two separate 17-0 runs against Washington, with the latter coming in the fourth quarter and putting the game out of reach.

Where did things go wrong for Washington? While there may not have been one clear, momentum-shifting play, there are multiple instances that one can point to.

On Tuesday at 6 p.m., NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay, Brian Mitchell and Jordan Giorgio will break down a few of the turning points from Sunday’s contest against the Browns on Washington Football Rewind.

Can’t get enough of the Washington Football Team? Don’t miss Washington Football Rewind vs. the Browns Tuesday night at 6 p.m., right after Washington Football Today with Julie Donaldson. Replay the game with additional commentary from Jordan Giorgio, Brian Mitchell and JP Finlay, only on NBC Sports Washington, Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Here are a few things to look out for:

1. Injury concerns. 

For much of the first quarter, Washington’s defense held the Cleveland Browns’ offense in check. Quarterback Baker Mayfield was unable to get anything going through the air, while the Browns’ two-headed monster of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt at running back didn’t muster much, either.

Well, that all changed in the second quarter after Washington lost two of it’s best defenders. Rookie Chase Young was forced to leave the game with a groin injury, while Matt Ioannidis left with an arm issue. Neither would return.

Once those two departed, both Chubb and Hunt went on to have big afternoons, while Mayfield was productive and efficient.

On Washington Football Rewind, the crew will break down each play that Ioannidis and Young got injured on, as well as anything else you may have missed.

The good news for Washington is that Young’s injury was considered minor and that he could return as soon as next Sunday versus Baltimore. On the other hand, Washington received bad news on Ioannidis, who is likely out for the season with a torn bicep.

2. Haskins telegraphing his passes?

Haskins threw three interceptions in Washington’s loss, the most he had thrown in any contest since his NFL debut last season. All of the interceptions came at crucial times, as Cleveland turned each turnover into a touchdown on the ensuing drive.

After the game, the passer said he didn’t feel as if he was staring down his receivers, but head coach Ron Rivera thought otherwise.

On Washington Football Rewind, Mitchell, Finlay and Giorgio will review each one of Haskins’ interceptions and provide an in-detail analysis of what the second-year passer did wrong on each play.

3. Terry McLaurin is a stud.

It wasn’t all bad for Washington, as second-year wide receiver Terry McLaurin once again displayed his incredible talent against Cleveland. While he caught just four passes, McLaurin finished with a team-high 83 receiving yards.

Through three weeks, McLaurin is second in the NFL in yards after the catch, trailing only Saints’ running back Alvin Kamara. On Sunday, McLaurin’s ability to make defenders miss was in full effect once again.

On Washington Football Rewind, the crew will break down each McLaurin reception, as well as the controversial pass interference call made against him. 

Make sure to tune in to Washington Football Rewind, you won’t want to miss it!

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