by Chuck Carroll

CLEVELAND (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins are lacking the glitz and glamor with which they have grown accustomed thanks to Robert Griffin III. With a new face starting under center for the first time this season, the Redskins trail the Cleveland Browns 14-10 at halftime.

In his first NFL start, Kirk Cousins got off to a slow start. The rookie drafted 100 spots after the man he’s spelling was 1-of-6 for 4 yards with one sack and an interception in Washington’s first four possessions.

Cousins’ fortunes turned around after he connected with Leonard Hankerson for a 54-yard touchdown pass. The Michigan State product finished the half 11-of-19 for 146 yards with one touchdown and an interception. He was also sacked twice and shown a propensity to throw low balls.

Alfred Morris, who eclipsed Reggie Brooks as the Redskins all-time rookie rushing leader, has been stymied by Cleveland defenders.

The Browns entered Sunday ranked 17th in the NFL against the run, yielding just over 120 yards per game.

Kicker Kai Forbath remains perfect on this season after successfully drilling a 44-yard field which briefly gave Washington the lead. He is now 15-for-15 since joining the team on Oct. 9.


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