3 areas Cleveland Browns need to improve in Week 7

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2. Cut down on mistakes

The Browns had four turnovers in their most recent game against the Patriots. Three of those were by the quarterback and the fourth mistake was a fumble by Chester Rogers at the end of the game when he botched a punt return. This team can’t afford to turn the ball over because they have such a poor defensive unit and haven’t been able to stop most opponents so far this season from taking advantage of those mistakes.

The mistakes Cleveland has made throughout the season have turned what might have been several more wins into grueling defeats. In Week 2, the Browns had a certain win locked up with only two minutes left in the game. They were up 13 points with their opponent the New York Jets not having a timeout.

However, Cleveland missed the extra point that would have bumped the lead up to 14 points. On the next Jets possession, the Browns defensive inexcusably gave up a long pass play that resulted in a touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, the Jets recovered the ball when the Browns couldn’t secure it. That was then followed by another touchdown that gave New York the win.

The blunders, especially by the defense, have been huge this year so if that can be corrected going into this next showdown with the Ravens then the team will have a chance at victory. Some players in recent days have spoken about why some of these mistakes have continued to happen including John Johnson III, Joel Bitonio, and Amari Cooper.

These three players have talked about a lack of commitment. Putting in the necessary extra work outside of practice time hasn’t been seen by some of these Browns leaders.

We’ll have to see if any of this chatter will have any good effect on the team starting Sunday. The pointing figures and sharing the flaws of others in public though usually isn’t the best way to reach fellow teammates so we’ll just have to wait and see how this plays out on the field.