Where: Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
When: Sunday, Dec. 16 at 1 p.m. ET
Watch: Fox5 WTTG
Radio: SportsTalk 980 WTEM
Point Spread: Washington (-1)
The suddenly white-hot Redskins (7-6) roll into Cleveland (5-8) seeking their fifth straight victory. The Browns have found success of late as well, winners of three straight. The main and seemingly only topic of discussion surrounding the contest is the health of Washington rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. RG3's health has seemingly improved daily, but his availability will almost certainly be a game time decision. The game features arguably the two best rookie running backs in the NFL in Alfred Morris of Washington and Cleveland's Trent Richardson.
Thursday afternoon RG3 update (via rotoworld)
Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan won't know until Sunday how effective Robert Griffin III can be on his sprained knee.
The Redskins have yet to practice at full speed this week, so Shanahan hasn't seen Griffin truly test the knee. The biggest factors in the decision to play Griffin will be his ability to protect himself and the risk of reinjury. Shanahan believes Griffin will show he can move well enough to play, but acknowledges the final call will be made by the medical staff. The Redskins won't know whether they will have to alter their play-calling and concepts to suit a more limited RGIII until this weekend. Griffin was limited again in Thursday's practice, though coach Mike Shanahan said he was better than Wednesday. He's expected to be a game-time decision.
REDSKINS: Rookie QB ROBERT GRIFFIN III has won past 4 starts. Aims for 5th in row with 100+ rating. In past 4, has 10 TDs vs. 1 INT for 134.7 rating. Has 748 rush yards, most by rookie QB in NFL history. Is 1st QB in NFL history with 4+ TD passes of 60+ yards & rush TD of 60+ yards in season. In 6 road games, has 106.6 rating & 13 TDs (10 pass, 3 rush). Rookie QB KIRK COUSINS tied game last week with TD pass & 2 pt conversion with 0:29 remaining…RB ALFRED MORRIS is 2nd among rookies with 1,228 rush yards. Rushed for 122 yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ rush yards. Has 75+ rush yards in 11 of 13 games (6 100s). In 6 road games, has 590 rush yards (98.3 per game) & 4 TDs…WR PIERRE GARCON aims for 4th in row with TD & 85+ yards. WR SANTANA MOSS has 5 TDs in past 7. Had TD in last game vs. Cle…LB LONDON FLETCHER has INT in 2 of past 3. CB DE ANGELO HALL has INT in 2 of past 4. Since 2011, LB RYAN KERRIGAN is only NFL player with 10+ sacks (14) & 2+ INT-TDs (2)…BROWNS: Seek 4th straight win. Have won 4 of past 5 at home. Are 17-6 (.739) all-time at home vs. Was…QB BRANDON WEEDEN (5) has most wins ever by Browns rookie QB. In past 2 vs. NFC, has 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs & 89 rating. Weeden (3,037) has most pass yards by rookie in club history…RB TRENT RICHARDSON is tied with HOFer JIM BROWN (9 in 1957) for most rush TDs by Browns rookie. Has 3 games with 100+ rush yards, tied for most ever by Browns rookie. Leads AFC rookies with 869 rush yards & needs 73 to surpass Brown (942) for most rush yards by Browns rookie…WR JOSH GORDON leads NFL rookies in rec. yards (732). Has 14 rec. for 202 yards with TD in past 2…LB D’QWELL JACKSON has team-high 97 tackles…DE JUQUA PARKER has 3 sacks in past 4…K PHIL DAWSON has made 26 of 27 FGs in 2012, 2nd-best pct. in NFL…Rookie PR TRAVIS BENJAMIN had 93-yard PR-TD last week, longest in Browns history.
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