4:09 p.m.-PLAGUED BY TURNOVERS, BROWNS FALL TO WASHINGTON, 31-20
The Cleveland Browns needed four straight scoring drives to erase a deficit and build a three-point lead over Washington early in the second half, but three consecutive turnovers led to two touchdowns and a 31-20 loss at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, this afternoon.
Although the Browns responded defensively and forced a punt after one of their two lost fumbles in the second half, the two Washington touchdowns off of another fumble and interception proved to be too much for Cleveland to recover from on the road.
In the losing effort, rookie quarterback Cody Kessler completed 28 of his 40 attempts for 223 yards with one touchdown, but also, the interception on a potential go-ahead drive for the Browns late in the fourth quarter.
Additionally, running back Isaiah Crowell accounted for 112 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries, as well as 22 yards on three receptions in the loss.
Conversely, Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 21 of his 27 attempts for 183 yards and three touchdowns against one interception. Running back Matt Jones gave Cousins plenty of support as he rushed for 117 yards and one score on 22 carries.
3:45 p.m.-WASHINGTON TURNS INT INTO TD
Washington cornerback Josh Norman had some plays he would like to have back in the first half, but made up for it with an interception of Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Cody Kessler midway through the fourth quarter.
Norman’s first interception with Washington set up a drive that running back Matt Jones turned into a one-yard touchdown and a 31-20 lead over the Browns with 4:25 to play in the regulation at FedEx Field.
Facing a second-and-two from his own 10-yard line, Kessler was looking for a pass down the left hash mark when Norman jumped the route and corralled the interception. Despite Norman drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for a bow-and-arrow celebration following the forced turnover, Washington started the drive on Cleveland’s side of midfield.
After a 23-yard pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins to wide receiver Pierre Garcon, Jones got the ball down to the one-yard line with a 16-yard gallop around left end. One play later, he scooted across the goal line for the lead-extending touchdown.
3:21 p.m.-WASHINGTON GOES BACK IN FRONT
After four straight scoring drives from the Cleveland Browns, Washington responded with a 91-yard touchdown drive that running back Chris Thompson capped off with a five-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Kirk Cousins with 10:39 to play in the fourth quarter from FedEx Field.
After starting the drive with an incompletion, Cousins completed back-to-back passes for 15 and 16 yards respectively to wide receiver Jamison Crowder and running back Matt Jones that moved the ball to Washington’s 40-yard line.
Later in the drive, Cousins threw another incompletion down the right side of the field to wide receiver DeSean Jackson, but that attempt drew a pass-interference penalty on two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden that gave Washington 21 yards.
Following three straight runs that moved the ball 30 yards, Cousins found Thompson for the touchdown.
Washington’s scoring drive was set up by a fumble from Browns fullback Malcolm Johnson as Cleveland was nearing the end zone.
2:48 p.m.-BROWNS TAKE FIRST LEAD OVER WASHINGTON
The Cleveland Browns have scored on four straight possessions, and kicker Cody Parkey gave them a 20-17 lead over Washington with a 45-yard field goal with 9:25 to play in the third quarter from FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
Parkey capped off an 11-play, 48-yard drive that began at the Browns’ 25-yard line after a touchdown on the opening kickoff of the second half.
The Browns converted two of their three third-down attempts in order to keep the drive alive.
Facing a third-and-nine from their own 26-yard line, rookie quarterback Cody Kessler completed an 11-yard pass to first-year wide receiver Ricardo Louis. Then, later in the drive, running back Isaiah Crowell gained six yards on third-and-one.
Crowell accounted for 25 rushing yards and nine receiving yards on the scoring drive.
2:21 p.m.-PARKEY BOOTS 51-YARD FIELD GOAL AS HALF EXPIRES
Cody Parkey’s 51-yard field goal as the second-quarter clock expired drew the Cleveland Browns even with Washington at 17-17 after the first half of play from FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
After missing three attempts in six tries, including a potential game winner late in the fourth quarter of his debut with the Browns in last week’s 30-24 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium, Parkey made all three of his kicks in the first half, including two extra points and the long field goal at the end of the second quarter.
The Browns gained 26 yards on their first two plays when rookie quarterback Cody Kessler completed a 13-yard pass to tight end Gary Barnidge, and running back Duke Johnson Jr. sprinted behind left guard Joel Bitonio for a 13-yard gain.
Later in the drive, Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor drew a pass-interference penalty on highly-touted cornerback Josh Norman that moved the ball to the Washington 35-yard line.
2:08 p.m.-WASHINGTON RETAKES LEAD OVER CLEVELAND BROWNS
Washington took a 17-14 lead over the Cleveland Browns when kicker Dustin Hopkins converted a 49-yard field goal attempt with 2:29 to play in the first half from FedEx Field.
Hopkins capped off a 10-play, 32-yard possession that answered a pair of touchdown drives from the Browns.
Aside from the long field goal, the big play of the scoring drive came when quarterback Kirk Cousins found tight end Jordan Reed open over the middle of the field for a 26-yard gain on third-and-one from Washington’s 46-yard line.
1:56 p.m.-BROWNS DRAW EVEN WITH WASHINGTON
After starting out in a 14-point hole, the Cleveland Browns found a way to draw even with Washington when wide receiver Terrelle Pryor hauled in a nine-yard touchdown pass from rookie quarterback Cody Kessler with 7:55 to play in the first half.
On third-and-seven from Washington’s nine-yard line, Kessler took the snap from new center Austin Reiter, rolled out to his right and found Pryor breaking free while sprinting toward the sideline. Kessler put the pass where only Pryor could catch it, and the former quarterback-turned-wide receiver hauled in his first touchdown catch of the season.
The defense set up the Browns’ second touchdown run of the game, as cornerback Jamar Taylor intercepted Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins on a pass intended for wide receiver Jamison Crowder and returned it 29 yards down to the 12-yard line.
1:48 p.m.-BROWNS ANSWER WITH TD DRIVE
After giving up touchdowns on each of Washington’s first two drives, the Cleveland Browns had an answer in the form of a scoring rush from running back Isaiah Crowell.
Crowell finished off a 12-play, 80-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown dive that cut Washington’s lead in half, 14-7, with 9:33 remaining in the first half from FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
On the first play of the possession, Crowell broke loose for a 17-yard run that moved the ball from Cleveland’s 19-yard line up to the 36. Then, on second-and-seven, rookie quarterback Cody Kessler found Terrelle Pryor along the left sideline.
Facing a third-and-11 later in the drive, Kessler delivered a 12-yard pass to Pryor right on the numbers for first down along the left sideline.
Then, the Browns got back-to-back first downs when Crowell rushed for a gain of 11 yards and Kessler completed a 13-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Ricardo Louis.
1:29 p.m.-COUSINS, REED COMBINE FOR SECOND TD
Washington tight end Jordan Reed came into today’s game against the Cleveland Browns looking for his first touchdown catch of the season, but he has found the end zone on each of the first two drives of the game.
His nine-yard touchdown catch concluded an eight-play, 80-yard drive and gave Washington a 14-0 lead over the Browns with 27 seconds remaining in the first quarter of play from FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
On the first play of the drive, quarterback Kirk Cousins elected to test the Browns’ secondary with a pass for wide receiver DeSean Jackson deep down the right side of the field. Although the pass was incomplete, Jackson drew an interference penalty on Browns safety Jordan Poyer that moved the ball from Washington’s 20-yard line down to the Cleveland 30.
After the penalty, Washington chipped away with modest gains before Cousins escaped the Browns’ pass rush, rolled out to the left of the formation and threw a pass across his body to Reed along the back line of the end zone for their second touchdown combination of the game.
1:11 p.m.-WASHINGTON JUMPS OUT TO 7-0 LEAD
Washington finished off a 12-play, 75-yard drive with quarterback Kirk Cousins’ eight-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Reed and took a 7-0 lead over the Cleveland Browns with 7:40 to play in the first quarter at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
Facing a second-and-goal from the eight, Cousins took a shotgun snap from his backup center and found Reed breaking free behind the coverage of a defensive back on the right side of the field for his first touchdown of the season.
On the drive, Cousins completed all seven of his passes for 52 yards and the touchdown, and spread the ball around to five different receivers. Reed led the way with 18 yards on two catches, while Pierre Garcon, a former All-American at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio, turned his two receptions into 12 yards.
Running back Chris Thompson hauled in an 11-yard pass from Cousins, and later, broke free on a 20-yard run that turned a second-and-15 from the Browns’ 30-yard line to a first-and-goal from the 10.
1:00 p.m.-GAME INFORMATION
The Cleveland Browns will look to get into the win column for the first time in the 2016 season and under the direction of Hue Jackson with today's game against Washington at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
Rookie Cody Kessler will again be under center for the Browns after making his first career start at the Miami Dolphins last Sunday.
In his first NFL start at Hard Rock Stadium last Sunday afternoon, Kessler and the offense got off to a slow start.
Prior to the first play, Kessler was flagged for a delay-of-game penalty, and on the second snap, he fumbled. Then, on his third play as a professional, Kessler was sacked and again fumbled. The Dolphins recovered the second fumble and turned the miscue into a touchdown.
However, Kessler went on to complete 21 of his 33 attempts for 244 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions despite being sacked three times for 17 lost yards.
Look for former quarterback-turned-wide receiver Terrelle Pryor to remain one of Kessler's favorite targets.
When Pryor was not taking snaps in a quarterback rotation, he posted career highs with seven receptions for 144 yards and rushed for 21 yards with one touchdown on four carries. He became the first player in the NFL with at least three passing attempts, three carries and three receptions since San Francisco’s Billy Kilmer accomplished the feat in 1964.