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For the day, the Browns finished with 380 yards of total offense, which actually was 79 yards more than Washington. Matt Jones led in rushing with 65 yards in 17 carries while Chris Thompson had 63 yards in six attempts.

It's not as if Norman was ideal - Pryor caught four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in the first half. On third down from the 9, Kessler waited and finally found Pryor on a crossing route for the touchdown to tie it.

Still, the Browns have watched their past three games come down to the wire.

Not the most artful of comment - Norman admitted as much - but the general sentiment of resolve rings true for the team and the corner. After a tight first quarter that ended 10-7 to the Bengals, Cincinnati never looked back.

Through three games, Pryor has 14 receptions for 244 yards. That means two former Carolina Panthers, Norman and Steve Smith Sr., both of whom aren't shy of telling the competition just how good they are, could be going against each other next Sunday in Baltimore when the Redskins take on the Ravens. "When that time comes, just got to make sure you execute".

It may have been 2016 in the 216 for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but it may be 0-16 in the 216 for the Cleveland Browns.

Washington cornerback Josh Norman had some plays he would like to have back in the first half, but made up for it with an interception of Browns quarterback Cody Kessler midway through the fourth quarter. After a play on first-and-goal, officials sent Browns cornerback Jamar Taylor to the sideline to be checked for a concussion.

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"The coaches can go over it until they're blue in the face, but when it's time to get on the field that coach (isn't) going to be on the field to help you, " defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois said.

If Kessler's first National Football League start is a small sample of what he can do with a more cohesive offensive line-and a competent kicker-then the Browns may have something in the former USC Trojan. Cleveland gave the ball to Washington on three consecutive possessions - fumbles by Malcolm Johnson and Duke Johnson, and an interception by Cody Kessler.

During Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, Norman was getting all he could handle from failed quarterback turned darling Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor.

The fourth quarter was a mess for the Browns.

Yes, the Browns have been competitive and nearly won two weeks in a row, against the Dolphins and the Ravens. That's not a way to end the game.

During the game, a lot was revealed about the Redskins. The game ended with the Browns falling to the Redskins 31-20. Washington was 0-4 inside the Red Zone.

Next Sunday's Week 5 matchup between the Cleveland Browns and the New England Patriots will come with some rich underlying subtext.

  • Lawrence Cooper