LANDOVER -- Tangling with Odell Beckham Jr., Antonio Brown and Dez Bryant is one thing. They rank among the NFL's elite receivers. Cleveland's Terrelle Pryor? The former quarterback is so new to the position, it's unclear if he's garnered enough snaps for even novice status. And yet Pryor was giving the Redskins fits early Sunday.
By the Redskins we mainly mean cornerback Josh Norman.
"I was figuring him out the whole first half," Norman said of the 6-foot-5 target who had a touchdown and four receptions for 43 yards before halftime. That production helped Cleveland force a 17-17 tie after trailing 14-0 quickly.
By the end, Norman had solved the mystery.
"Not getting frustrated with myself ... not really like getting down either. Just knowing my opportunity is coming. My opportunity is about to come. I know it's coming, I know it's coming. When that time comes, just got to make sure you execute."
With the Redskins holding a 24-20 lead midway through the fourth quarter, the Browns faced a second and 2 at their 10-yard line after Tress Way's punt pinned them deep. Rookie quarterback Cody Kessler fired over the middle toward Pryor.
Norman jumped the pass. He lunged and didn't settle for knocking down the throw. The Pro Bowler intercepted the ball, setting up Washington's offense at the Cleveland 24. Four plays later, running back Matt Jones sealed the win with a 1-yard touchdown run.
Pryor had only one reception in the second half.
"I came out at halftime and got into a whole other different place," Norman said.
After starting 0-2, the Redskins are in a new place following two straight wins.
"Gosh, this was one heck of a win," Norman said. "Come back, fight through adversity, give them a gut-wrenching stab in the gut."
Not the most artful of comment -- Norman admitted as much -- but the general sentiment of resolve rings true for the team and the corner.
And since you're wondering, yes, the former Carolina Panthers star heard about Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones torching his former team for 12 receptions and 300 yards.