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Sunday, October 19, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Redskins 14, Browns 11

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

LANDOVER, Md. -- Losing to the Rams at home last week was supposed to be a wake-up call for the Redskins, but it took more than a half of Sunday's game for the alarm to go off. Redskins running back Clinton Portis turned in another dominating performance in leading the Redskins (5-2) to a 14-11 victory over the Browns at Fed Ex Field.

The Browns' defense was gashed in the running game, but they refused to let the Redskins in the end zone until midway through the third quarter. Jason Campbell, who kept his uncanny non-interception streak alive, found Santana Moss on a deep out for 35 yards with 10:27 left in the third quarter. Moss spun around twice, and left two Browns defenders in his wake.

The Redskins used a lot of stunts along the line to put pressure on Derek Anderson, who continued his habit of playing horribly on the road. Of course, it didn't help that wide receiver Braylon Edwards had four drops, three of which would've gone for first downs.

Redskins linebacker London Fletcher made two huge plays during a goal-line stand in the fourth quarter, but a fumble by Portis gave the Browns another opportunity. This time, Derek Anderson found Josh Cribbs for a 1-yard touchdown pass on third down.

The Browns held the Redskins to a three-and-out on the final drive, and put Phil Dawson in position to attempt a 54-yard field goal. Dawson had the distance, but he pushed it right.

Portis finished the game with 27 carries for 175 yards and a touchdown. With Ladell Betts injured and a rusty Shaun Alexander backing him up, Portis had to put the Redskins on his back for most of the game. Mike Sellers had some devastating blocks on the outside and Portis showed excellent vision to find gaps in the Browns' defense.

The Redskins now head to Detroit with a chance to improve to 6-2 at the midway point. The win also allowed the Redskins to take a one-game lead over the fading Cowboys. Much more to come.