Must-see moments from second-half of Washington vs. Cleveland originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Here's what went down in the second half...
1. Montez Sweat's speed was on full display early on.
With Chase Young out for the game with a groin injury, Sweat wasted no time showing what he is capable of himself.
On Cleveland's first drive of the third quarter, Sweat used his 4.5 speed to get after Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who certainly surprised with the quickness from the 2019 first-rounder.
Montez Sweat having perhaps his best game yet in the burgundy and gold.— Chad Ryan (@ChadwikoRCC) September 27, 2020
He's the full package; speed, power, talent.
Baker Mayfield is going to have nightmares about @_sweat9 tonight. pic.twitter.com/HDNLnFgGSi
On Cleveland's next drive, Sweat found himself in the Browns backfield once again, this time bringing Mayfield to the ground.
Nice to see Montez Sweat developing his game from last year. Saw him use a good long-arm rush earlier. This time he reads a quick set and works inside. Would like to see him get that hand swipe stronger, but still got inside for the sack. pic.twitter.com/8CgjRgrYYL— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) September 27, 2020
With Young out, Sweat made sure to step up in his absence.
2. Easy throws, quick passes lead to Washington's second TD of the game.
After Dwayne Haskins had a rough ending to the first half with two second-quarter interceptions, offensive coordinator Scott Turner dialed up several quick and easy throws for his second-year passer early in the third quarter.
After both Washington and Cleveland traded punts to begin the frame, Haskins led a six-play, 49-yard drive that resulted in a two-yard Antonio Gibson touchdown run.
On the drive, Haskins had a screen pass to McLaurin go for 15 yards and a crossing pattern to running back J.D. McKissic go for 26 yards. Both were easy and simple throws that helped establish the passer's confidence.
Washington and most importantly, Haskins at his best when working out of empty. McKissic runs a simple shallow cross, nobody picks him up, turns it into a 26-yard gain. pic.twitter.com/3ljf0agnK5— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) September 27, 2020
3. Riverboat Ron struck again.
Trailing 17-13 midway through the third quarter with Washington acing a fourth-and-2 in the red zone, Washington head coach Ron Rivera had a decision to make.
Rivera, in his typical Riverboat Ron fashion, rolled the dice, and it worked. Haskins stood tall with pressure in his face and found tight end Logan Thomas on a crossing route for the first down, keeping the drive alive.
4. Dontrelle Inman breakout game?
A couple of plays after the Haskins-to-Thomas pass kept the drive alive, the second-year passer delivered a strike down the seem to wide receiver Dontrelle Inman in the back of the end zone for six.
The touchdown was Inman's second of the day, as he caught a 17-yard score in the first half. The play would give Washington the lead once again.
Washington has desperately sought help on the outside to compliment Terry McLaurin. Inman proved Sunday that he's capable of picking up some of the load, however, he was forced to leave the game early with a wrist injury. His status moving forward is uncertain.
5. The lead didn't last long.
In Sunday's contest, the first quarter completely belonged to Washington, but the second quarter was all Cleveland. The second half proved to be quite similar.
The third quarter was all Washington, as the team scored two touchdowns while holding Cleveland scoreless, regaining the lead on the Inman touchdown. But Cleveland would immediately respond on the ensuing drive, as Mayfield would find rookie tight end Harrison Bryant for a three-yard TD.
The drive was Cleveland's best of the day, as the Browns marched down the field 75 yards on 11 plays while taking just six minutes off the clock.
6. Haskins' third interception leads to Nick Chubb's second TD of the afternoon.
Sunday was an up-and-down day for Haskins, but his downs were reallllllllly down.
Following the Browns' 75-yard drive where Cleveland regained the lead, Haskins made a poor throw intended for Inman that resulted in his third interception of the day.
Then, Cleveland's social team delivered a perfect troll of the Washington passer.
QB: Throws the football— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 27, 2020
Our defense: pic.twitter.com/QPgolJgOFM
Three plays later, Browns running back Nick Chubb would find the end zone from 20 yards out, marking his second touchdown of the afternoon. Cleveland would extend its lead to 11, taking control of the game.
7. Myles Garrett with the dagger for Cleveland.
After Chubb's second touchdown, Washington needed to score quickly to remain in the game. Browns pass rusher Myles Garrett had other ideas.
On first-and-10 from the Browns' 49-yard line, Garrett beat Washington left tackle Geron Christian easily, stripping Haskins in the process. The ball bounced perfectly into Garrett's arms, recovering the fumble -- Washington's fifth (!!) turnover of the game.
Cleveland would add a field goal on the ensuing drive, capping off their 34-20 victory over Washington.