As has been the case in the past several seasons, careless play has plagued the Browns in 2016. Cleveland is 26th in the league in turnover margin, and has given the ball away under some of the most crucial circumstances. Examples include two fumbles against Washington which cost the team the game, as well as a costly interception at the end of the first Baltimore game.
Poor special teams play can also be tabbed as carelessness at times. The Browns have committed penalties on special teams in every game of the year, a troubling trend.
At 0-10, it may be difficult to concentrate. With a bye week in two weeks, this sentiment could be magnified.
The Browns have to realize how much their one opportunity to host Pittsburgh means to the fans. They also ought to be reminded that a winless season is acceptable under no circumstances, and that they have few opportunities to notch the elusive victory fans are so desperately craving.
Giving Sunday’s game their undivided attention and preventing careless turnovers and penalties will go a long ways in Cleveland’s effort to do just that.