The Cleveland Browns entered Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens full of confidence following a 7-6 victory over the San Diego Chargers two weeks ago. However, a comeback attempt was thwarted by 10 fourth-quarter points in the 25-15 loss at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
The Browns go into their bye week with a 2-7 record and four of the final seven games are away from home. They start the second half of the season with a trip to Dallas (Nov. 18) and return home for Pittsburgh (Nov. 25) before heading to Oakland (Dec. 2). After back-to-back home games against Kansas City (Dec. 9) and Washington (Dec. 16), the Browns end the regular season at Denver (Dec. 23) and Pittsburgh (Dec. 30).
“The good thing about this league is, you have a ton of games,” middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said Monday. “We’re 2-7 right now. I can’t wait to get back and feel like it’s a new season, just to put the past in the past, learn from it and be able to make those plays at crucial times in those games, whether we need a kick, whether we need to get a stop defensively or whether we need to put the ball in the end zone. I think it’s enough time for guys to realize, reflect and self-scout.
“The competitor I am, I think I can win every ballgame, and I’m sure the rest of the guys feel the same way in this locker room. It’s a matter of just staying the course and not getting your head down because we’ve got seven more games to go. We’ll just try to make the best out of those.”
Following the loss to Baltimore, Jackson told the team that he wants them to focus on football and getting better during their time away from the Berea facility. He knows that with the youth on the roster, the Browns have to continue to mature.
“For the young guys that we do have playing, you have to mature quick in this league. The wins and losses come fast,” Jackson said. “You can’t get too high with a win; you can’t get too low with a loss. It forces you to grow up quick, and as a young guy in this league, you have to be able to bite the bullet and keep pushing forward because it is a long season.”
Jackson said the 2012 team is not the “same old Browns” because of the fight he sees in his teammates on the practice field and on game day.
“We’re in every game and this year’s different than other years I’ve been here where we feel like we have the team to get over the hump, but our record doesn’t show it,” Jackson said. “At the end of the day, that’s what we’re judged by, our record. We’re just going to keep fighting and keep moving forward and hopefully, get this thing changed around because there’s no rule, there’s no law that says we can’t win the rest of our games.
“You tend to be in the moment and that’s what you have to do. You come to work every day. We’re passionate about this game that we play. We can’t play it for a long time, so, the time spent, you want to make the most out of it.”
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