Washington Redskins vs. Cleveland Browns Preview and Predictions

Aaron NaglerNFL National Lead WriterDecember 10, 2012

Obviously, the Washington Redskins could look much different on the offensive side of the ball against the Cleveland Browns if they are forced to start Kirk Cousins on Sunday. With RGIII's status up in the air, Mike Shanahan will undoubtedly spend the week retooling his offense to fit Cousins' skill set. This most likely means a lot less read-option and a lot more traditional play action with Alfred Morris carrying a heavy load. 

I think the Browns are an improving team and they will hang tough with the Redskins, but one of Brandon Weeden's biggest weaknesses all season long has been his lack of ability when it comes to recognizing where pressure is coming from pre-snap. Jim Haslett, for all the trouble his defense has had this year, will not be afraid to send the house after the rookie. 

Of course, the Browns look like they're starting to put it together on offense, and I fully expect Weeden and Josh Morgan to put up some big numbers against a suspect Redskins secondary. But ultimately, I think the Redskins end up sending more secondary pressure at Weeden.

In the video above, we take a look at these and a couple other matchups that we think will be pivotal to the outcome of this game. Let us know in the comments below what you'll be watching for and who you think wins the game.