Cleveland got embarrassed in Week 1, losing 38-6 to the Ravens. They followed that up with a 35-30 win over the Bengals on Thursday Night Football, in a game that was more entertaining than most of us expected. The Browns offense broke out, although the Bengals defense wasn’t expected to offer much resistance. Baker Mayfield had a solid game, while Nick Chubb was the key on offense. However, the Browns defense struggled to put away the Bengals. While the final deficit was closed by a late touchdown, a decent offense is going to give the Browns trouble this season.
Washington stunned the Eagles at home in Week 1, but then got thumped in a Week 2 visit to Arizona. The opening win was thanks in large part to a great pass rush effort against the Eagles that sacked Carson Wentz eight times. A week later, they struggled against a mobile Kyler Murray. He rushed for 67 yards and two touchdowns and was sacked three times. Dwayne Haskins hasn’t been bad through two starts, but he’s got a lot of work to do to take some steps forward from his rookie season.
Date: Sunday, September 27
Time: 1 p.m.
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Washington: 16th overall — 30th offense, 1st defense, 21st special teams
Browns: 29th overall — 26th offense, 21st defense, 32nd special teams
Washington: +7, +255
Browns: -7, -295
OUT: T Saahdiq Charles (thigh), LB Cole Holcomb (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: T Morgan Moses (hip), WR Steven Sims (toe)
OUT: LB Jacob Phillips (knee), DE Olivier Vernon (abdomen), CB Greedy Williams (shoulder)
QUESTIONABLE :DE Adrian Clayborn (hip), CB Denzel Ward (groin), LB Mack Wilson (knee)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Terry McLaurin, Wide Receiver, $5,900
McLaurin is easily the most dynamic weapon Washington has to offer given its lack of a consistent running game. He torched the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2 by tallying more than 100 receiving yards, and Cleveland has struggled defending the pass.
Logan Thomas, Tight End, $3,700
Thomas has been a pleasant surprise this year for Washington. He’s getting all his team’s targets at tight end and is one of one of the players most likely to score through the air. No McLaurin is the only Washington player worth paying up for, and Thomas is an inexpensive option who can return solid value with a few catches.
Odell Beckham Jr., Wide Receiver, $6,300
Beckham still leads Cleveland in targets and scored his first touchdown of the year in Week 2. The Browns haven’t utilized Austin Hooper much, and Beckham remains the top deep threat for Baker Mayfield. He hasn’t gotten to demonstrate a ton of YAC ability, but once his ability find space can raise his upside.
Kareem Hunt, Running back, $6,100
Hunt and Nick Chubb both scored two touchdowns apiece in Week 2, but Washington’s defensive line has done a great job against the run. I think the game script could favor Chubb because of his skills as a pass catcher out of the backfield.