A winner in its last seven preseason contests, Washington will look for its eighth straight victory against the Cleveland Browns this Monday night.
Coming off a 13-12 defeat to the Detroit Lions in its opener, Cleveland will enter this contest looking to solve its current conundrum at quarterback. Both veteran Brian Hoyer and rookie Johnny Manziel are vying for the starting job, and according to Pat McManamon of ESPN.com, head coach Mike Pettine is looking to pick a starter after this game.
In light of how Washington's defense played versus New England, though, neither quarterback will have an easy go at accomplishing this feat.
Aside from shutting out the Patriots for the game's first 58 minutes, the Redskins limited New England to just 207 passing yards. On the ground, the Pats didn't fare much better. Washington held them to just 63 yards on a paltry 2.6 yards per carry.
While he acknowledged that it was against New England's backups, Gruden told Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post that he was pleased with his defense's performance.
“They didn’t play any starters, but those four or five backs can start for many teams,” Gruden said. “It was good to see us wrap up; it was good to see us gang tackling and just flying around to the football. I just felt good watching these guys.”
Although you can expect Washington to have a longer leash with its starters in this contest, with roster cuts looming, expect the team's backups to log the majority of the playing time.
With that said, here is Washington's preseason Week 2 preview.