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5 players to watch in Browns vs. Redskins

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Here are five players to watch during this week's Browns game.

QB Cody Kessler

OK, this week was supposed to be all about RG3 and his return to his old stomping ground, where Griffin would lead the Browns to a dramatic win over his former team, exorcise some demons, and set the tone -- yeah, forget it.

Griffin went down in Week 1, Josh McCown went down in Week 2, and now Kessler, the rookie, will do something neither Griffin or McCown has been able to do this season: make back-to-back starts. Kessler looked OK in his debut down in Miami, shaking off a rough start and putting the perfect touch on a crucial 2-pt. conversion to Gary Barnidge in the fourth quarter.

Now it's time for Kessler to throw for his first touchdown.

QB Kirk Cousins

Remember late in the 2012 season, when RG3 -- then with the Redskins and on his way to the Pro Bowl as a rookie -- went down in Week 14 and missed the following week's game against the Browns? If you remember that, you probably remember who stepped in for him on that December afternoon:  Cousins, who completed 26 of 37 passes for 329 yards, 2 TDs and won the game.

OK, that was a long time ago, so let's just go back a few days, to Sunday, and Cousins' performance against the Giants. The numbers are similar: 21
of 35, 296 yards and 2 TDs. He could make life tough for this Browns defense.

WR Terrelle Pryor

Pryor made headlines this week when he predicted that the Browns could "win out." Once we stopped laughing, we realized that he must have meant if everyone else on the team played like him. All he did against the Dolphins last Sunday was rack up 144 yards on eight passes, throw for 35 more, run for 21 more (and a touchdown), and play safety for one play. He literally can't do more for this team.

But he probably will on Sunday.

WR DeSean Jackson

The Redskins receiver has been banged up this season with ankle and knee issues, and was limited in practice on Thursday. But, he was limited in practice a week ago as well, and that didn't stop him from bouncing back in time for Sunday's win over the Giants, as he pulled in five passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. Something tells us he's ready for another big day against the Browns, which is why we need...

CB Joe Haden

The 2-time Pro Bowler was finally looking like himself again in Week 2, picking off two passes against the Ravens. But then a groin injury knocked him out in Week 3. Haden told us on Wednesday that he's not sure if he'll be able to go again this week (he was limited in practice on Wednesday and Thursday). If he can't go, the Browns could have a tough time slowing down Cousins and his various weapons.

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