(CLEVELAND) — No starting quarterback, no problem for the Washington Redskins.
Backup Kirk Cousins threw three touchdowns and the Redskins moved into first place in the NFC East with a 38-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Cousins, a rookie filling in for fellow rookie Robert Griffin III, threw for 329 yards.
However, Griffin was not happy about being held out of the game to rest his injured right knee. “That’s the decision they went with and I respect that. It doesn’t mean I have to necessarily like it. I feel like I could have played this week, next week, the week after. But that’s not my decision,” Griffin said.
Cleveland (5-9) led 14-10 at halftime after a Trent Richardson rushing touchdown, but Washington took over after the break.
The Redskins (8-6) got two rushing touchdowns from Alfred Morris, and can win the NFC East if they win their next two games.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN