The Cleveland Browns are a touchdown favorite against the Washington Football Team, but a game-changer could be the Redskins disruptive pass-rush, led by this year’s No. 2 overall pick Chase Young.
Young has 2.5 sacks so far this season, while veterans Ryan Kerrigan and Jon Bostic have recorded a pair each. Former Washington cornerback DeAngelo Hall sent a clear message to Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield while on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football — beware.
“This is for Baker Mayfield, baby. Beware, Baker Mayfield, because that Washington defensive line is coming,” Hall said. “And so [Browns head coach] Kevin Stefanski has to lean on this run game. He can’t just drop Baker Mayfield back. These pass rushers have struggled a little bit when you talk about stopping the run. But when you say, ‘just drop back and go get the quarterback,’ they go get the quarterback.”
Mayfield has had an uneven start to the season, but turned in a solid stat line in a win against the Bengals last week. Mayfield completed 16-of-23 passes for 219 yards and a pair of touchdowns, a large chunk of that coming on a 43-yard bomb to Odell Beckham Jr.