Cleveland Browns: Best/worst case scenarios vs Washington in Week 3

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Cleveland Browns best- and worst-case scenarios vs Washington in Week 3.

It’s rare the Cleveland Browns are viewed as a favorite, but that’s the case as the team hosts the Washington Redskins in Week 3.

Browns fans know better than to count a win before the clock expires. And while nobody is just chalking this one up as a win, it’s a contest Cleveland SHOULD win.

Here’s a look at the best- and worst-case scenarios that could come out of Week 3.

Cleveland Browns best case scenario

If things are going right for the Browns, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt should should be dominating the ground game, much like they did against the Bengals in Week 2.

Baker Mayfield shouldn’t have to throw the ball a ton, which is fine. Washington’s best asset may be their front four, led by Chase Young. They want to stop the run and to make Mayfield throw.

Look no farther than Week 1 vs the Eagles. Washington shut down Eagles’ run game and forced Carson Wentz to sling 42 passes.

Look, not every game is going to go according to a formula where the Browns run at will over defenses and Mayfield throws 24 passes per game. He’ll need to prove he can make the big throws, but the Browns running attack, in addition to the stellar play they’re getting form their offensive line, should clear the way for Cleveland’s second win a row.

Cleveland Browns Worst-case scenario

The script writes itself…current Washington Football Teamers and former Buckeyes Dwayne Haskins, Terry McLaurin and Chase Young return to the Buckeye State and obliterate the Browns on their home turf. In celebration, they eat 10 pounds of Malley’s buckeyes on the 50-yard line in the postgame scrum.

OK, OK, those players gave us some great memories from their days in Columbus, but truthfully, Washington is going to have trouble scoring points.

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Haskins is still a work in progress and he’s not getting any help form his offensive line, which is a mess heading into this contest. McLaurin is a talented player, but what’s it say about your team when your best skill-position player comes out of the slot?