The Browns couldn't get out of their own way.
Three-straight offensive possessions that resulted in turnovers turned into 14 Redskins points and that was the difference in the 31-20 win by Washington. The Browns have now dropped to 0-4 and host the Patriots next week at FirstEnergy Stadium with Tom Brady returning to the field after his four-game suspension.
After spotting the Redskins a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, the Browns battled back and were on their way to increasing their lead late in the third quarter when the momentum shifted.
Leading 20-17, the Browns moved all the way to the Redskins 16-yard line, primarily on the running and receiving of Isaiah Crowell. However, Hue Jackson decided to give the ball to fullback Malcolm Johnson for his first carry of the season and he fumbled the ball thwarting the drive and the Redskins took over at their own nine.
The Redskins made the Browns pay with a 91-yard drive for a touchdown to take a 24-20 lead with 10:39 left in the game.
The Browns bounced right back and moved the ball again into Redskins territory, but this time, Duke Johnson fumbled the ball back to the Redskins.
The Browns stopped the Redskins, but after starting at their own two-yard line, Cody Kessler tried to throw to Terrelle Pryor, but Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman stepped in front of Pryor and intercepted the ball in Browns territory and put the nail in the coffin with another touchdown with 4:25 to play to make the final, 31-20.
Cody's Day: Kessler finished 28-of-40 for 223 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Kessler finished with a rating of 81.6. He was 11-of-14 for 98 yards and a touchdown in the first half for a rating of 119.6
The Browns scored on their last three possessions of the first half and first of the second half and led 20-17 with 9:25 left in the third quarter. Kessler was particularly impressive on third down. He was 9-of-9 for 78 yards and a touchdown on third down through three quarters.
The Crow: RB Isaiah Crowell had a big day rushing with 112 yards on 15 carries. He also caught three passes for 22 yards. He had 39 yards on seven carries and a touchdown in the first half. RB Duke Johnson had 53 yards on nine rushes to go with 6 receptions for 31 yards.
Pryor's Role: WR Terrelle Pryor continues to grow in his role as he caught his first touchdown pass in the second quarter as he beat Pro Bowl CB Josh Norman for a nine-yard score from QB Cody Kessler. Pryor caught for passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in the first half and finished with five receptions for 46 yards and a score. Pryor had one run for minus six yards.
Jammin' Jamar: After having no interceptions in his career with the Dolphins, DB Jamar Taylor interecepted his second in as many games for the Browns and returned it 29 yards to the Redskins' 12 to set up the Browns second touchdown. Taylor led the Browns with seven tackles.
Gary's Game: TE Gary Barnidge had seven receptions for 57 yards. Rookie WR Ricardo Louis had his best game with three receptions for 28 yards and WR Andrew Hawkins also had three receptions for 28 yards.
Bad Start: The Redskins drove 75 yards on their first possession for a touchdown to open the game 7-0. They scored a touchdown on an 80-yard drive on their second possession and led 14-0 before the Browns scored.
Poyer Caught: DB Jordan Poyer grabbed WR Desean Jackson for a 50-yard pass interference penalty that set up their second score. Later, DB Joe Haden was called for a pass interference, as well that set up a Redskins score.
Parkey Redeemed: K Cody Parkey, who missed three field goal attempts in his first game with the Browns, including the chance to win the game, hit a 51-yard attempt as time expired to end the first half. Parkey hit a 45-yard attempt to open the second half scoring with 9:25 left in the third quarter, which gave the Browns their first lead of the game, 20-17.
Cam's Impact: LB Cam Johnson, who was just signed on Saturday to replace LB Nate Orchard off of the Cardinals practice squad had the Browns first sack of the game in the third quarter as he hit QB Kirk Cousins from the blind side. He picked up the second sack later. Johnson had four tackles.
Top Tacklers: DB Jamar Taylor, LB Emmanuel Ogbah and LB Christian Kirksey all had seven tackles, while DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun had the Browns third sack on a corner blitz.
Rough Day for Johnson's: FB Malcolm Johnson's first carry of the season was a disaster. After the Browns had moved to inside the Redskins' 10, Johnson got the carried and lost the ball. The Browns were leading 20-17 as the third quarter was winding down looking to increase their lead. Later, Duke Johnson fumbled the ball back to the Redskins on their next possession.
Haden Back: After missing last week's game with a groin injury, CB Joe Haden was active, as was LB Corey Lemonier, who was added to the injury report on Saturday for 'personal reasons'. Lemonier was listed as doubtful, but was active.
Paea, Reiter Return to Face Redskins: Two players who were with the Redskins in training camp, started for the Browns in DL Stephen Paea and C Austin Reiter, who was injured late in the game.
Bailey Benched: Jackson said he would let everyone know on Sunday if OL Alvin Bailey was benched for his OVI earlier in the week. The answer is 'yes' as OL John Greco moved back to right guard and rookie OL Austin Reiter started his first game at center. When Austin Reiter was injured last in the game, Greco moved back to center and rookie OL Spencer Drango moved to right guard.
Inactives: All of the Browns inactives for this week's game were injured and not expected to play. QB Josh McCown (shoulder), WR Corey Coleman (hand), DB Tramon Williams (shoulder), DB Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring), OL Cameron Erving (chest/lung), TE Seth DeValve (knee) and DL Carl Nassib (hand).