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Players eager to improve, play

Posted Dec 24, 2012

DENVER -- Following Sunday’s 34-12 loss to the Denver Broncos, the Cleveland Browns want to make their corrections and ready themselves for this week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

DENVER -- After Sunday’s 34-12 loss to the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the Cleveland Browns have one game left on their schedule, and that is next Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

The Browns enter the week at 5-10 after the loss in Denver, but the players want to end the season on a strong note against Pittsburgh, whom the Browns defeated, 20-14, on Nov. 25 at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

With their 13-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at home, the Steelers were eliminated from playoff contention Sunday.

“It’s tough, but we’ve got to finish strong,” defensive tackle Phil Taylor said. “We’ve got one more game and we’re going to treat it like any other game, no matter what our record is, no matter what their record is.”

The Browns allowed Denver quarterback Peyton Manning to complete 30 of 41 pass attempts for 339 yards with three touchdowns against one interception. As a team, the Broncos gained 457 yards of total offense, including 118 yards rushing. Knowshon Moreno led the way with 78 rushing yards.

“There were a lot of checkdown passes and short stuff,” Taylor said. “They won fair and square. We’ve just got to go back and get ready for Pittsburgh. That’s what any quarterback will do. We’ve just got to fix that and go out there and do better next week.”

Defensive back Joe Haden made four tackles in the loss and said “everybody is disappointed” by the team’s 5-10 record, especially when five of the setbacks came by seven points or less.

“You lose a game and you try to explain why it happened, but we lost and we need to do better and we just need to win,” Haden said. “We can’t keep coming in here and talking to (the media) and saying, ‘This is what they did and this is how they did it.’ They just beat us. That is what it is getting down to. We need to make more plays on offense, defense, and special teams to come out with a win.”