The Redskins beat the Cleveland Browns on Sunday without playing their star rookie Robert Griffin III. Instead, head coach Mike Shanahan listened to the teams’ doctors and decided to play it safe–RGIII would sit this game out for a sprained knee injured last week against the Balitmore Ravens, and Kirk Cousins, the rookie who finished that game with a win, would lead the Redskins offense. Griffin admitted he was not happy about having to cheer from the sidelines, but Cousins played exceptionally and the Redskins won 38-21.
A win on Sunday brought the Redskins to their 5th straight victory. At 8-6 for the season, they lead the highly competitive NFC East with head-to-head wins breaking the three way tie with the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants. The last two games of the season are against Philadelphia and Dallas, both of which teams the Redskins defeated at the beginning of their winning streak.