Following Sunday’s 38-21 loss to the Washington Redskins in the regular-season home finale at Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Cleveland Browns’ players and coaches were focused on getting back to work for next week’s game against the Denver Broncos.
The loss gave the Browns a 4-4 record at home, their best finish since a 7-1 mark in the 2007 season.
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Dawson said Sunday’s loss to the Redskins was “tougher in a sense” because the team was still mathematically in contention for a Wildcard playoff berth. However, the loss officially eliminated the Browns from such consideration.
“That’s a new reality we’re going to have to deal with this coming week that we didn’t have to deal with last week,” Dawson said. “This one stings a little extra tonight, but you don’t get paid to show up to work and work hard only when things are going well or you have a chance to go to the playoffs. You get paid to show up and do your job, no matter what, and tomorrow, we’ve got a chance to be pros.”
After breaking down the film from Sunday’s loss, the Browns will make their corrections and begin preparing for the Broncos (11-3), who defeated the Baltimore Ravens 34-17 at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday and clinched the AFC West Division.
“We’re just pushing forward,” Browns coach Pat Shurmur said. “We’re going to reload. Everybody’s going to go home. We’re going to get as much of a night’s sleep as we can. We’re going to get up in the morning and get prepared to play the Denver Broncos.”