Things seemed to be going just fine for the Browns over the first 30 minutes Sunday.
Then the third quarter started.
Brandon Weeden, who played maybe his worst game of 2012, threw a pick, and the game changed as the Redskins ran away from the Browns in a 38-21 win.
Redskins backup QB Kirk Cousins threw for 329 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Leonard Hankerson and the Redskins (8-6) barely missed a beat without the talented and multi-dimensional Robert Griffin III.
The Browns felt they had the edge with Griffin sitting, but instead Cousins was very good, outplaying Weeden and leading the Redskins to the win.
Trent Richardson scored two short TD’s for the Browns, who led 14-10 at the half, but never really got the run game going, as on the day the team ran for just 58 yards on the day.
Weeden wasn’t very good, going 21-for-35 for 244 yards with two picks. He made just one big play downfield, and it resulted in a 69-yard TD to Travis Benjamin in the fourth quarter.
Overall though, the day belonged to a Redskins team that will wake up Monday tied for first in the NFC East. This from a team that five weeks ago basically were dead.
The Browns, now at 5-9 on the year, will play at Denver next week.