DEFENSIVE PROGRESS: Here's a stat that has to please Browns coach Butch Davis: the defense held both Jamal Lewis and Clinton Portis to an average of 2.9 yards per carry. Lewis was limited to 57 yards on 20 carries. Portis gained just 58 yards on 20 carries.
"When we work hard and do the little things right, we can play with anybody," outside linebacker Warrick Holdman said.
Portis wasn't able to get untracked. The Browns' defensive line had good penetration, allowing the linebackers and defensive backs to swarm to the ball.
"We're just better this year," free safety Earl Little said. "Guys know where they're supposed to be. Guys are more disciplined. When you have a bunch of guys swarming to the ball, you don't give up the big run."
The defense came up with a big play when tackle Michael Myers stripped the ball from Portis on the first play of the third quarter. Middle linebacker Andra Davis made the recovery at the Redskins' 31 to set up a touchdown pass from Jeff Garcia to Aaron Shea.
"We think about that (making plays) every week," Davis said. "For us to make plays is no different (than any other week)."
HEALTHY AT HOME: The Browns had an injury-free game. "With the exception of winning, the most important thing is we didn't lose anybody today," Butch said.
- Cornerback Daylon McCutcheon didn't suffer a further injury to his left middle finger. McCutcheon broke the finger against Dallas two weeks ago and sat out the game against the New York Giants. "I got some contact early in the game," he said. "I knew it was something I could play with. It's a little sore now."
- Receiver Quincy Morgan had a bad start to the game when he lost a fumble after hauling in a Garcia pass in the first quarter. "I'm getting better as a player," Morgan said. "You can't get frustrated about plays like that. You have to keep your head."
- Fullback Terrelle Smith had two receptions for 20 yards and ran the ball once for 4 yards. "I'm not here to do that, but if you call my number, that's what I have to do," Smith said.
- Dennis Northcutt had a 44-yard punt return. It was the third longest return of his career.
- Phil Dawson extended his streak of consecutive field goals made to 18 with a 30-yard kick.
- Browns running back James Jackson was a healthy scratch. Lee Suggs, who missed the first three games with a neck stinger, played Sunday. Also available for duty in the backfield were William Green and Dee Brown.
- Along with Jackson, other inactives for the Browns were defensive lineman Gerard Warren; offensive linemen Kirk Chambers, Ryan Tucker and Bo Lacy; receiver Richard Alston and defensive lineman Corey Jackson.
FROM THE REDSKINS LOCKER ROOM:
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"Jeff Garcia made them effective. We blitzed him, but he'd find ways to step up and keep the guy going wide. Jeff is a good player and you can't take anything away from him. " - Fred Smoot on Jeff Garcia making the bootleg plays effective.
"I didn't sense that, but during the course of the game defenses pick up some tendencies. " - Ray Brown on the Cleveland defense calling out plays, as Clinton Portis said they were doing.
"I gambled [blitzed] right there and came up short. That was my guy. I can't let that happen. " = Marcus Washington on Aaron Shea's TD catch (and how the bootlegs were frustrating them)