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Redskins tie for NFC East lead with 38-21 win over Browns

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AND THAT'S A WRAP: Redskins win 38-21 and, coupled with the Giants' meltdown against Atlanta, find themselves tied for the NFC East lead.

FOURTH QUARTER: Browns answer with a fourth-down no-go. 3:34 left.

FOURTH QUARTER: Redskins, with little resistance, come right back, survive a non-fumble and move to the brink of a tie for the NFC East lead with a TD from the 8 by Morris. Redskins 38-21.

FOURTH QUARTER: But then. . .Weeden goes 69 yards to Travis Benjamin on a deep ball. Touchdown. Redskins 31-21. 

FOURTH QUARTER: Redskins are set up and take advantage. Nice bootleg by Cousins sets up the short TD run by Evan Royster. Redskins 31-14.

THIRD QUARTER: And then. . . You ready for it?. . . .London Fletcher with the pick. Redskins ball.

THIRD QUARTER: And lo and behold, the Browns are driving. . .

THIRD QUARTER: Redkins stymie themselves and finally end with a grounding call. Browns ball.

THIRD QUARTER: Desperate Browns this early? Fourth-down gamble with 3 yards to gain fails. Redskins ball.

THIRD QUARTER: Cousins with a sweet little play-action TD toss from the 2 to Hankerson. Touchdown. Redskins 24-14.

THIRD QUARTER: The mighty Browns answer with a mighty whimper. Three. . .and. . .out. Had RGIII played, this might be a blowout by now.

ONE-OFF: How 'bout those Giants? Down 24-zip against the Falcons.

THIRD QUARTER: On second and goal from the 3, Morris up the middle for the touchdown. Redskins 17-14.

THIRD QUARTER: Well, well, well. Weeden opens work by being picked by Jackson. Redskins are in business.

UNOFFICIAL HALFTIME NUMBERS: Redskins have 159 yards; Cleveland, 143. Cousins is 11 of 19 for 146 yards, a touchdown and a pick. Weeden is 13 of 20 for 88 yards. Alfred Morris has just 18 rushing yards.

HALFTIME: Redskins go cautious, settle for the break.

SECOND QUARTER: Richardson in from the 1. Touchdown. Browns 14-10. 

SECOND QUARTER: Trent Richardson in from the 3 for second TD. . .but review deems him just short.

SECOND QUARTER: Browns suddenly on the move. Get the Redskins 7 at two-minute commercial warning.

SECOND QUARTER: Redskins move, stall, Forbath does not. Field goal from 44 yards. Redskins 10-7.

SECOND QUARTER: Browns looking increasingly inept on offense. Three and out and a punt.

SECOND QUARTER: Redskins were about to go for it on fourth and one from the Browns 38 but movement on the line forces the punt.

FIRST QUARTER: Browns go nowhere and will punt to begin second quarter.

FIRST QUARTER: And then, boom. Cousins to Hankerson for 54 yards. Touchdown. Game tied at 7. 

FIRST HALF: Nothing doing for Cleveland. It punts. What a fine, entertaining game this is. . .

FIRST HALF: Redskins try a deep route, don't get call, punt. Still not one one first down for the visiting team.

FIRST HALF: Browns sputter, punt.

FIRST HALF: My, this is working out well. Redskins go nowwhere in a hurry, capped by a sack of Cousins sack. Punt. RGIII squirms. . .

FIRST HALF: Cousins pass over the middle tipped, intercepted by T.J. Ward and returned to the Redskins 5. Next play, Richardson rushes for the touchdown. Browns 7-0.

FIRST HALF: Browns get near midfield, stall, punt.

FIRST HALF: Redskins first drive a three-and-out. 

FIRST HALF: Browns will kick off.

PREGAME: Sonny says he pretty much knew earlier in the week that Griffin would be a no-go. Reason being, Shanahan was raving to him about how well Grossman was practicing.

Welcome to ABC7's live blog of this afternoon's game between the Washington Redskins (7-6) and the homestanding Cleveland Browns (5-8).

The writer is Skip Wood, who spent the better part of 15 years covering the NFL for USA TODAY.

Washington will be without injured rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III and instead will go with rookie Kirk Cousins.

The blog also can be accessed at the ABC7 Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/jvt9JE

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