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NFL Preseason 2014: 5 Bold Predictions For Cleveland Browns vs. Washington Redskins

NFL Preseason 2014: 5 Bold Predictions For Browns vs. Redskins

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In Week 2 of the preseason, the Cleveland Browns travel to Washington to face the Redskins on Monday night football. According to Browns head coach Mike Pettine, this will be a crucial game in deciding who will be the starting quarterback. Both Johnny Manziel and Brian Hoyer are expected to get the same amount of first-team reps. For the Redskins, top free agent DeSean Jackson will appear in his first game since coming over from Philadelphia.

5. Browns Receivers Will Look Capable

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5. Browns Receivers Will Look Capable

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In their first preseason game of the season, Cleveland Browns receivers didn't provide much encouragement for the regular season. Once Josh Gordon is officially suspended, Cleveland will need big plays from its receiving core as the team attempts to balance their offensive approach. Wide receivers like Miles Austin, Andrew Hawkins, Charles Johnson and Willie Snead should look more comfortable and play better overall in their second game.

4. DeSean Jackson Will Shine in His Debut

DeSean Jackson
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4. DeSean Jackson Will Shine in His Debut

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Monday night's game against the Browns will mark WR DeSean Jackson's first in a Washington Redskins uniform. Expect Jackson to see extended time on the field, whether he's used as a decoy or in the passing game. The Redskins will want Jackson to get acquainted with offense through game-speed repetitions and there's been a notion that RGIII could potentially play into the second quarter. If the Browns play off Jackson, he will create problems.

3. RGIII Won't Dazzle, Kirk Cousins Will Look Sharp

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3. RGIII Won't Dazzle, Kirk Cousins Will Look Sharp

Kirk Cousins, Robert Griffin III
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Although RGIII played sparingly in the Redskins' Week 1 matchup against the New England Patriots, he is expected to see more action on Monday Night Football as the offense adjusts to new head coach Jay Gruden. Griffin should be limited so as to not overexert him, but backup Kirk Cousins will continue to show why he is one of the better backup quarterbacks in the NFL and will lead the Redskins offense looking like the starter.

2. Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel Won't Distinguish Themselves

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2. Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel Won't Distinguish Themselves

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Head coach Mike Pettine has said that he wants to name either Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel the starting quarterback for the Browns' regular season opener before Week 3 of the preseason. With that decision coming as soon as Tuesday, both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel will take snaps with the first team. The competition has been close, and there's a good chance that neither Hoyer nor Manziel will do enough to distinguish themselves in the race.

1. The Redskins Will Win By at Least 10 Points

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1. The Redskins Will Win By at Least 10 Points

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When comparing the Browns and the Redskins, there are many similarities between the two squads, but Kirk Cousins' ability to lead the Washington offense will be the difference maker in the Monday night matchup. Much of the Browns' second-team defense is made up of rookies and other rather inexperienced players so Cousins should be able to drive downfield with relative ease -- unless of course the Browns are able to bring their "crazy" blitzes.