Redskins vs. Browns: 10 Keys to the Game for Cleveland

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Redskins vs. Browns: 10 Keys to the Game for Cleveland
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The Browns and the Redskins will face off this week in a battle of the late-season hot streaks.

It's a game that, frankly, no one expected to be as good as it is. Coming in with a frustrated fanbase and stubborn need to prove themselves in a tough division, these two teams could be the ones to watch for years to come. Superbowl 2015 foreshadowing? For the first time in years, that's not a laughable prediction.

This is the game to see this week for several reasons. Robert Griffin will be tested in a very real way; arguably, the Redskins' playoff hopes hang in the balance. And the Browns have a compelling chance to show their fans that real change is on the horizon. Perhaps most dramatically, there just might be jobs in the balance. 

Cleveland could silence the critics who say that a depleted Pittsburgh squad, Oakland and Kansas City are nothing to write Mom about. They could do it decisively. It's a bigger game for both fanbases than the rest of the country realizes, and it could be a major difference-maker beyond the final whistle. 

Last Halloween, I dressed up as Graham Gano and ran around missing "field goals" in order to torture a friend and diehard Redskins fan. Tomorrow, he has the chance to get back at me. Here are 10 ways we can prevent that. 

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