August 8, 2019
It didn’t take long for the hype surrounding the Browns to take center stage in their preseason opener against Washington, taking the lead on their opening drive in route to a 30-10 drubbing of the Redskins.
Baker Mayfield led Cleveland on a touchdown drive to open the game, connecting with Rashard Higgins for a 24-yard strike in the end zone to claim a lead in front of an energetic home crowd. The second-year QB finished 5-6 for 77 yards and a score with a 158.3 Passer Rating before ending his night, while Higgins finished with 5 catches for 98 yds and a TD grab.
After allowing a 46-yd score on a busted coverage that left Robert Davis wide open not tie the contest at 7-7 midway through the first quarter, the Browns would dictate most of the action with a 23-3 scoring run the rest of the way. Rookie LB Mack Wilson provided a 40-yard interception return to paydirt early in the second that showed flashes of why Cleveland selected the 21-year-old standout from Alabama with a 5th Round pick this offseason.
Greg Joseph made his only field goal attempt from 43 yards out in the second to give the Browns a 17-7 halftime edge. Touchdowns by D.J. Montgomery (12 yd rec) and Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi (86 yd punt return) in the fourth quarter would round-out the Browns scoring, as they produced 417 yards of offense to Washington’s 271, throwing for 327 yards and 2 scores.
In his NFL debut, former Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins completed 8-14 passes for 117 yds, 0 TD & 2 Int’s for the Redskins.
Cleveland (1-0) will next travel to play Indianapolis (0-1) on August 17.