Cleveland vs. Washington: Report Card Grades for the Browns

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Cleveland vs. Washington: Report Card Grades for the Browns
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Underwhelming, ineffective, frustrating. Any of those words could describe the Cleveland Browns' offense Monday night as the team fell 24-23 in Washington to the Redskins.

As is the case with all preseason games, the final score doesn't matter. The exhibition season is when the progress of schemes and personnel can be judged.

For the quarterbacks and receivers it was an evening of miscommunication. The lack of chemistry resulted in Josh Gordon catching only one pass on five targets, while tight end Jordan Cameron was unable to haul in any of the three throws sent his way.

Some positives were Cleveland's first-team offensive line and the Browns rushing attack, both of which looked regular-season ready. The second unit O-line...well that's a different story.

The Browns defense got off to a slow start but improved quickly and showed that it was a tough group. A four-down goal-line stand highlighted the grit that head coach Mike Pettine had to be hoping for.

As a whole, the Cleveland defense registered two quarterback sacks, seven passes defensed and three interceptions. The question will be whether the offense can stay on the field long enough to help keep Browns defenders fresh when the games start to count in the standings.

The hot button topic is if Pettine still is going to name a starting QB on Tuesday, the deadline he mentioned earlier last week—an unenviable decision after tonight's efforts.

 

All game stats are courtesy of ESPN.com.

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