Cleveland (5-8) is looking for its fourth straight win and to keep its slim playoff hopes alive. The Browns are playing their home finale and are 4-3 on the lakefront.
The Browns broke out of their funk with a nine-play, 75-yard drive late in the second quarter.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden converted third-and-5 with a 5-yard crossing route to receiver Josh Gordon. Another cross to Gordon gained 12, followed by a 30-yard cross to receiver Greg Little.
Joshua Cribbs, perhaps playing his final home game at Cleveland Browns Stadium, got his first snap of the game as Wildcat quarterback and ran 16 yards to the 7.
Trent Richardson looked to have scored from the 3, but a replay review determined his knee touched with the ball a half-yard short. There was no doubt on the next play as Richardson went in standing up over left tackle.
The Redskins, playing without star rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, took a 10-7 lead with 5:46 left in the half on a 44-yard field goal by Kai Forbath. He’s made 15 straight to open his career – one off the NFL record.
The Browns couldn’t get anything going on offense until the drive at the end of the second quarter. Their first score was a 6-yard drive following an interception return by safety T.J. Ward in the first quarter.
Weeden wasn’t finding guys open and was hurried numerous times by free rushers. He went 13-for-20 for 88 yards.
Washington rookie Kirk Cousins, making his first NFL start in place of Griffin, started slow but warmed up. He went 11-for-19 for 146 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His greatest success came after play-action fakes that froze the defense.