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With 5:48 remaining in the third quarter, the Cleveland Browns found themselves trailing the Washington Redskins 24-14.
The Browns were in Washington territory on the 41-yard line and faced 4th-and-3.
Instead of trying a long field goal, the Browns made the right call to go for the first down.
Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden took the snap in shotgun and looked downfield. With nothing immediately open, Weeden felt pressure from the pass rush and scrambled to his left.
Weeden scrambled shy of the sideline, where he found himself caught between Washington defenders Ryan Kerrigan and Barry Coefield five yards shy of the line of scrimmage.
Weeden then performed some combination of pump-faking, tucking the ball in and throwing the ball away—after watching multiple times, it's still hard to figure out exactly what he does—to turn the ball over on downs.
This is the same Brandon Weeden who loves forcing the ball into double coverage and once told the Plain Dealer his interceptions were from forcing the ball were due to his ego.
Of all the times for Weeden to use his ego and try to fit a ball into tight coverage, this was the play to do it. The worst option on this play was scrambling for no yards.
An interception here probably could have saved the Browns yards by having the Redskins start the drive further in their own territory.
This was Weeden's chance to finally force whatever throw he wanted without major consequences and he passed—once again, not literally.