Redskins' defense performs well against Browns

Redskins' defense performs well against Browns
December 18, 2012, 5:00 pm
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Bill Romanowski on Fletcher's games played streak


Grade vs. Browns: A

Comment: The London Fletcher-led unit limited the Browns to 291 yards of offense, including a scant 58 on the ground, in putting together one of its most complete performances of the season.

 The key, though, was takeaways in clutch moments. Again.

Linebackers Rob Jackson and London Fletcher each intercepted Brandon Weeden in the third quarter. And both times the Redskins parlayed the takeaway into a touchdown.

During the team’s winning streak, the Redskins have 10 takeaways. Next week’s opponent, the 4-10 Eagles, have 12 all year.

On Monday, Coach Mike Shanahan was asked about the sharp uptick in the production of Jackson, who has a sack in each of the past three games to go along with two forced fumbles and an interception.

“You’re looking for guys that can make plays, and that’s what Rob has been able to do: make plays and put some pressure on the quarterback, get some sacks, cause some fumbles,” Shanahan said. “He seems to get better and better every game.”

Just like Jim Haslett’s unit, it seems.

Since the bye, in fact, the Redskins have allowed an average of 20.4 points per game. If that were the unit’s season average, it would rank eighth.