The Washington Redskins (2-2) finally reached the .500 record mark for the first time this season after 31-20 win over the Cleveland Browns (0-4) on Sunday.
Kirk Cousins started the game strong, going 9/10 for 70 yards and throwing two touchdowns to tight end Jordan Reed that put the Redskins up 14-0 in the first quarter.
The lead would quickly disappear as Browns running back Isaiah Crowell ran for a two-yard touchdown, which cut the Redskins lead to 14-7 early in the second quarter. Crowell managed to finish the game with 112 rushing yards on 12 carries and averaged 7.5 yards per carry.
Following the touchdown, Cousins threw an interception to Browns defensive back Jamar Taylor. This led to quarterback Cody Kessler connecting with quarterback turn receiver Terrelle Pryor for a nine-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14.
Redskins kicker Dustin Hopkins put his team back on top with a 49-yard field goal with 2:29 left in the first half. The Browns answered back with a 51-yard field goal by kicker Cody Parkey as time expired.
Kessler came out of halftime leading his team down the field which set up a field goal that gave the Browns a 20-17 advantage with 9:30 left in the third quarter.
The Redskins didn’t score until the fourth quarter when Cousins threw to running back Chris Thompson for a five-yard touchdown that put them up 24-20.
The Redskins defense was solid for the rest of the game as they forced a fumble with 9:41 remaining in the game. A few plays later, Josh Norman intercepted a pass that was intended for Pryor. Norman held Pryor to four receiving yards in the second half after allowing 42 yards in the first.
Running back Matt Jones closed things out with a one-yard touchdown run with 4:25 left that put the Redskins up 31-20. Jones finished the game with 117 rushing yards. He is the first Redskins running back to reach 100 yards in a single game this season.
Kirk ended the game with 183 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Reed tallied 73 yards and a couple of touchdowns.
The Redskins did take a big hit defensively as three of their starters were injured in the win. Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan suffered a sprained elbow and will undergo an MRI. Rookie Su’a Cravens and strong safety David Bruton Jr. suffered concussions and have been placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol.
The next stop for Redskins is at M&T Bank Stadium where they will face the hungry Baltimore Ravens (3-1), who are looking to bounce back from their loss to the Oakland Raiders.