Five weeks ago at 3-6 Redskins coach Mike Shanahan basically declared the season over.
What a difference five weeks make.
Now the Redskins are riding high, and Sunday even without star rookie QB Robert Griffin III, the Skins pounded the Browns 38-21 in Cleveland to get to 8-6.
It was another Washington rookie that stole the show Sunday, as Kirk Cousins threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns filling in for Griffin.
Cousins connected with Leonard Hankerson for both TDs in his first career start and the Redskins barely missed a beat without the talented and multi-dimensional RG3, who sat out with a sprained knee.
Rookie Trent Richardson had a pair of TD runs for the Browns, who fall to 5-9 and have their three-game win streak snapped.
Alfred Morris had two touchdowns for the Redskins, who overcame a 14-10 halftime deficit to outscore Cleveland 28-7 in the second half.
Cousins finished 26 of 37, and was solid after an early slow start for the Redskins, who have their sights now on the Eagles next week.
Cleveland rookie QB Brandon Weeden struggled from the outset. He went 21 of 35 for 244 yards and two picks, both leading to Washington touchdowns.
Washington went ahead 31-14 on Evan Royster’s 4-yard run, and they were off and running from there, getting to the huge win.