Browns ready for road game

Posted Dec 1, 2012

The Cleveland Browns are looking to snap a 12-game road losing streak with Sunday’s game at the Oakland Raiders.

The Cleveland Browns will play in front of 63,132 fans clad in their silver and black apparel when they travel to the West Coast for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders at the Coliseum.

In preparing to face the Raiders, Browns coach Pat Shurmur has made sure he helps the players adjust to the conditions they will face Sunday, including working with crowd noise during practice throughout the week.

“You plan for being on the road,” Shurmur said. “You work on silent count. You work on all the things that you need to do when you’re on the road and then, you go play the game. Every time you don’t play at home, it’s different. You try to make it a non-issue and you play the game.”

Shurmur feels the Browns have gained valuable experience in preparing for the Raiders based on their previous road trips, including Baltimore, Cincinnati, New Jersey and Dallas.

“Our most recent road game was in Dallas and there was a lot of conversation of playing in this new, great facility and I didn’t see that having any effect on the game,” Shurmur said. “As you go to play road games, you get prepared. You get on the airplane, sleep in a hotel, go to the stadium and play the game. That’s the way you have to approach it.

“If you develop players having highs and lows based on where you’re playing and when you’re playing, then, emotionally, they get all out of whack. You talk about it. You explain to them what they can expect. You prepare them for the environment and you let it rip.”

Quarterback Brandon Weeden agreed with Shurmur’s approach to playing with the same intensity, at home and on the road and said the team needs to “finish and play well in the fourth quarter.”

“As a team, collectively, we found a way to finish against the Steelers,” Weeden said. “We weren’t able to do that against Dallas. We weren’t able to do that early against Baltimore. There’s times where we’ve been close. We just weren’t able to finish. When it comes to crunch time late in games, in the fourth quarter, just do like we did on Sunday and find a way to finish, however we do it, whether it’s pretty or ugly. There’s no ugly wins. I feel a win is a win.

“We want to go on the road and win, just get the monkey off our back and we’ve been close on the road. We’ve come down to the wire a couple games on the road. It’s just all about finishing, just find a way to win the game, whether it’s on the road or at home. We’ve won three at home, but we’re struggling to find one on the road. This will be a nice way to start it. It’ll be nice to take that five-and-a-half, six-hour plane ride home after winning.”

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