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1. Have the Redskins recovered from Sunday's upset? This is a very loose team, hardened, perhaps, by what they went through last year. It's hard to tell on Mondays if they've won or lost – and it's impossible to tell based on Jim Zorn's press conferences. Before practices, as they stretch and go through warm-ups, you heard lots of chatter and laughter.

During practice, at least the part that's open to the media, they're more business-like. But that's how they are every week. So were they scarred by a loss to St. Louis? No. The players understand why they lost. If they lose again Sunday, it won't be because of a hangover effect; it'll be because they're banged-up and, perhaps, not as good as we thought.

2. Who will play? Shawn Springs is doubtful so that says it all with him. We don't think he'll play. Any time there seems to be a question with him, he can't go. If he can't be explosive on the field – and with a calf injury, that's difficult – then why risk him? We expect Clinton Portis to play with his hip injury. The other one we're uncertain of is Fred Smoot, who has a groin injury. Those are easy to re-injure. Also, Chris Horton has a sprained ankle, but did practice Friday. We expect he'll play, too, but for how long?

3 . How much will Shaun Alexander play Sunday? Probably more than anticipated. The Redskins really want to make sure they don't overuse Clinton Portis and with his hip injury, he'll need more breaks than usual. Rock Cartwright is a decent No. 3 back and could see action. The problem for Alexander is, though he played in the West Coast offense, he has not played in this running scheme. It's different than what he's used in the past. This is also a line, and a team, used to powering opponents. That's not Alexander's style. I wonder what the effect of that will be.

4. Have the punting problems been solved? No. But Ryan Plackemeier should be an upgrade. He looked good in the limited time we saw him in practice, particularly at dropping punts inside the 20. But Durant Brooks looked good in practice, too. Why was Plackemeier on the street anyway? All he has to do, though, is be consistent. If he can do that, he's a big help.

5. Are the Browns suddenly hot? That's hard to say. Was Monday night's 21-point win over the Giants the start of something big or an aberration? We'll find out Sunday. Keep this in mind: if Eli Manning hadn't stared down receivers and thrown three interceptions, the game could have gone differently. Of course, the Giants couldn't stop the Browns' offense. Cleveland was picked by many to be a playoff team this season and through four games the y resembled nothing of the sort. Monday they did. They were also healthier and finally had some offensive rhythm. But keep this in mind: that's only the second win over a team with a winning record in quarterback Derek Anderson's 23 starts.

6. What must the Redskins worry about defensively? Jamal Lewis. He bulled over New York with some punishing runs late in the game. He'll be the most physical runner the Redskins will have faced since Brandon Jacobs in the opener. And he's running behind a line that played its best game Monday. Will that continue? London Fletcher will be a busy man Sunday. Lewis likes to run up the gut.

7. Anything else? If Anderson gets hot, he's dangerous. He needs to get confidence early, so the Redskins must find a way to get to him in the first quarter. They must rattle him a bit, though he's only been sacked eight times. They need to disguise their coverages, which is a strength. But can they do it as well without Springs and with rookie Kareem Moore possibly playing a bigger role? The Browns were creative Monday, using Josh Cribbs in the Wildcat formation among other things. They also discovered they have other tight ends not named Kellen Winslow. If Winslow plays, that's a big-time matchup problem for Washington. With Carlos Rogers, they can compete against Braylon Edwards. If Smoot is limited, then Donte Stallworth becomes a bigger threat. At least Leigh Torrence has the speed to hand le Stallworth.

8. What are the concerns with Cleveland's defense? Nose guard Shaun Rogers is a force inside – when motivated. And he is motivated. It's not just his size, it's his nimbleness. The Redskins will more often than not double team him. He'll look to blow up those stretch plays and cutback runs. Despite his presence, the Browns have not done well against the run and that likely won't change. They lack depth to sustain the effort.

9. Why do the Browns intercept so many passes (nine)? Because their secondary is quick, the corners – Eric Wright and Brandon McDonald – have developed faster than anticipated and the line applies enough pressure to make quarterbacks uncomfortable. They don't record many sacks, but they do force a lot of hurried throws. Cleveland will blitz from all over the place as well. The Browns' secondary excels at reading the quarterback's eyes. If Jason Campbell locks onto a target, they'll pick him off. But Campbell has improved greatly in that area. It must continue.

10. Who will win? We liked the Redskins a lot more in this game a week ago than we do now. It's not just that they lost, but it's the combination of everything: their losing; the Browns winning and health. How banged up are the Redskins? Still, the Browns built their 10-6 mark last year mostly by beating mediocre to bad teams. The Redskins are a good tea m at home. As long as Clinton Portis can run the ball all day they should be fine. The Redskins must take better care of the ball – obviously. We like them, but are picking them with some hesitation. Redskins 23, Browns 17.

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