5 areas the Browns need to clean up during the bye week

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The Cleveland Browns headed into the bye week after a big win but still need to work on these five areas in order to find success the rest of the way

Monday Night Football was exciting this past week as the Cleveland Browns put together their most complete game of the season en route to a 32-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Now at 3-5, things feel much better, especially with the 2-1 record in the division so far. On top of that, their final three divisional games will feature Deshaun Watson under center with his suspension ending in three games.

Even with all that being said, they can’t just bank on everything being perfect going forward. Instead, they need to clean up a few areas but thankfully, they have a week off to address several areas of concern.

5 areas the Browns need to clean up during the bye week

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5. Red zone efficiency on the road

In their first eight games, the Browns have only been on the road three times and have a record of 1-2 — with their lone win coming in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers. As for their other two road games, they each could have been wins but wound up being 23-20 defeats at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens.

In those road games, they really struggled to get the ball in the end zone once they got inside the 20. Against the Panthers, they were 1-of-4 in the red zone, 1-of-3 against the Falcons, and 2-of-4 against Baltimore. In all, that’s 4-of-11 — or 36 percent — which is among the worst percentages in the league on the road.

Overall, they’re solid and are sitting at 75 percent at home. Now, they just need to figure out how to even out the red zone on the road. Had they been able to score touchdowns at the same rate they did at home, they might have won both of those close road losses which would completely alter how this season looks.