Ross Jacobs has been an FFM correspondent on NFL games and NFL Draft matters for the past few years. He is going to be writing up some of his notes on various games he’s watching/studying this year. Typically, he will have written/submitted his work before mine, so this is a look at the same game with different eyes...and you can compare and contrast or find some new takeaways.
2020 Week 3 Analysis: Washington @ Browns (By Ross Jacobs)
-This game went right according to script. Neither team is very good, but the Browns are better simply because Dwayne Haskins is such an abomination of a QB. Cleveland didn't really do anything great this game. They simply let Haskins self-destruct and that was enough. The score was 17-7 at the half, and both of Cleveland's touchdowns came off of a Haskins interception. After halftime the Redskins put together a couple of drives and took the lead 20-17. It was short-lived though as the Browns remembered they could run the ball and jammed it down Washington's throat to make it 24-20. Another terrible Haskins interception later and the Browns made it 31-20. Game over.
-Don't go reading into the Browns scoring 34 here. The offense is definitely not fixed. Haskins gifted the Browns 21 of those points himself. Without those turnovers the Browns could only muster 13 on their own.
-This is a bad offense because they simply cannot pass the ball. RC and I have hammered the point enough. OBJ is shot. He seems to be moving around fine, but something is just not right here. He can't separate from coverage, and neither can any other Brown's receiver. This issue is going to come back to haunt them soon enough.
-I hope Mayfield can get away from Cleveland soon. He's not the problem. There's still time to salvage his career, but he's not going to make it if this is the best Cleveland can surround him with.
-Luckily the Browns have a good running game. They really should be leaning on it heavier. This offensive line was blasting holes open late in the game, even on this excellent Washington defensive line.
-Think about this for a moment: you'd rather have the Washington receivers on your team than Cleveland's. McClaurin and Sims are miles better than OBJ and Landry right now. Sounds crazy but it's absolutely true. McClaurin in particular was a stud here. I'm not sure what percentage of Haskins's yards came from McClaurin catch and runs, but it was a lot. That guy is one of the best receivers in the league right now, and he's wasting away with Haskins as his QB.
-Please Washington, I'm begging you, put Alex Smith in the game. You can still win the division if you would make that one change. Well, that and replacing your linebackers. But mostly the quarterback thing.
-No change here. Chubb and Hunt are the only useful players in Cleveland. Chubb is a RB1 and Hunt is probably an RB2.
-McClaurin is so good, but he's probably capped as a WR2 until Smith comes in. Even then he might not put up the numbers he's capable of.
-RC warned you about Logan Thomas. Targets are great if they are consistent and a player can actually do something with them. We've got neither of those things in this situation. Maybe Smith could change that, but I doubt it.