Cleveland Browns: 3 improvements needed Thursday night vs. Bengals

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The Cleveland Browns have vast improvements to make in Week 2

Fresh off of a Week 1 beatdown at the hands of the defending AFC North-winning Baltimore Ravens, the Cleveland Browns are back in action as they head back home to First Energy Stadium to take on the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night primetime. As the reigning Heisman Trophy-winner, top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and Ohioan Joe Burrow leads the Bengals up I-71 North, the Browns will look to get in the win column in Week 2.

If the Browns look to get their first win of the season on Thursday, there are far more than one improvement that needs to be made. In his first game as the head coach in Cleveland, Kevin Stefanski proved to be just that: a rookie.

While his gameplan looked good and the flow could be seen in the first half, the second half was completely out of wack as the Browns were playing from at least two scores back for the rest of the game. Defensively, the Browns could not keep contain or control the reigning Most Valuable Player Lamar Jackson as he moved the ball at will on Sunday. Riddled with injuries, there is little defensive coordinator can do with the talent currently given to him on the defensive side of the ball.

There were a ton of ugly parts of the game, a few pleasant surprises on Sunday, and so much room for improvements. Here are three specific area of their game the Browns can improve in order to come away from Thursday night’s game as winners.