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


Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

The high-powered offense the Cleveland Browns displayed six days ago disappeared Sunday outside the Nation's Capital.

In a defensive struggle, Cleveland fell to the Washington Redskins, 14-11, Sunday. After scoring just three points through three and a half quarters, the Browns attempted to mount a comeback in the final five minutes but came up short.

With a chance to tie the game, Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson missed a 54-yard field-goal attempt wide right with 25 seconds remaining.

The Browns lost because they couldn't stop the run. Washington tailback Clinton Portis had 175 rushing yards to help the Redskins control the pace of the game. Cleveland has just 236 total yards in the game, compared to 351 for the Redskins.

The loss drops the Browns to 2-4 on the season with a road game upcoming against Jacksonville. Already two games below .500, Cleveland's playoffs hopes are on very thin ice following Sunday's loss.