After a nasty knee sprain and a week full of speculation, Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III will sit out against the Cleveland Browns Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
However the Redskins will still start a rookie. Kirk Cousins proved a reliable backup last week by leading Washington to a huge 31-28 overtime victory against the Baltimore Ravens.
Cousins stepped in for Griffin and finished a 13-play 84-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown strike to receiver Pierre Garcon. Cousins then sneaked in the two-point conversion to force overtime.
The win extended their streak to four straight and helped 7-6 Washington keep pace in the NFC East and wild card races, with the Redskins one game behind in both and none of their final three games are cake walks.
Cleveland has ripped off three straight wins, including last week’s 30-7 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Running back Trent Richardson rushed for two touchdowns and receiver Travis Benjamin returned a punt 93 yards for a score.
The Browns defense gave up an 80-yard touchdown to running back Jamaal Charles on the first play of the game, but settled down, and shutdown the Chiefs for the rest of the game, allowing just one third down conversion.
Richardson has now scored a touchdown in three straight games, and can extend that streak Sunday despite several injuries to his ribs and chest.
The game begins at 1 p.m. EDT and will be shown by FOX, or watch a live stream online by purchasing NFL Sunday Ticket Max.
Betting Odds: Cleveland is favored by 3 points
Over/Under: 39 points
Prediction: Cousins looked capable last week, but he only threw two passes, which is such small sample to judge by. The Redskins will miss Griffing, but running back Alfred Morris should carry most the offensive load and Washington will pull out the win.
Predicted Score: Washington 20, Cleveland 10