If the Browns thought they were getting a break with Cousins, he proved to be as challenging to stop as Griffin.
‘‘This isn’t my first rodeo,’’ Cousins said. ‘‘I did play a lot of football in the Big Ten. We started slow, but you've got to have character to dig deep. We didn’t get spooked by a slow start.’’
Cousins’ second TD pass to Hankerson gave the Redskins a 24-14 lead. As Cousins came to the sideline, Griffin gave him a fist bump and then sat on the bench with his backup, who for the past two weeks has shown he too can lead the Redskins.
Before the game, Griffin gave Cousins some advice.
‘‘I talked to him about being cool, calm and collected and not to freak out,’’ Griffin said. ‘‘He did a good job of staying poised and staying confident in there.’’
NOTES: With his two rushing TDs, Richardson broke Hall of Famer Jim Brown’s 55-year-old team rookie record. Brown had nine in 1957. ... Redskins K Kai Forbath made a 44-yard field goal and is 15 of 15, one shy of the NFL record to start a career set by Garrett Hartley. ... Morris has nine TDs rushing, passing Skip Hicks (1998) for the most by a Redskins rookie. ... Shanahan said OT Tyler Polumbus has a concussion. ... Shanahan did not have any updates on injuries to LB Lorenzo Alexander (shoulder) or OL Will Montgomery (knee). ... Browns S T.J. Ward injured his knee.
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