After two straight losses and a quarterback change, the Cleveland Browns have a renewed sense of purpose as they prepare for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
At 3-4, the Browns are only two games behind the front-running Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North Division with nine to play, so they have plenty of incentive to get back on track.
“There’s definitely a sense of urgency,” said
“We can’t get ahead of ourselves, but you’d rather be playing for something during December than not playing for anything. That’s what brings the sense of urgency, to have a shot when it’s all said and done.”
In the first seven weeks of the season, the Browns have matched up against two division leaders in Cincinnati and Green Bay, and are slated to face another three in New England, Cincinnati and Kansas City over their final nine games.
The Browns’ remaining opponents carry a 30-25 record, including the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL, the Chiefs (7-0).
“We’ve played some really good teams, some solid teams,” Campbell said. “Green Bay is a playoff team. Detroit, they’re pretty good too. Our schedule doesn’t get any easier. As a matter of fact, it may get a little tougher. We just have to continue to keep striving forward. We’ve been playing some really good football teams, and you have to give them some credit as well.”
And with the bye week two games away, the Browns want to build as much positive momentum as they can before the break between a home game against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 3, and at the Bengals on Nov. 17.
“There’s a sense of urgency for the whole team,” wide receiver
It is because of that desire to improve and build momentum that Browns coach Rob Chudzinski believes his players will be able to break a two-game losing streak Sunday.
“We have a group of guys that are very resilient,” Chudzinski said. “They want to win, and they want to do everything they can do to win. They recognize that, individually, each one of us has to focus on what we need to do to get better. I expect them to be ready to play, and whoever is playing that position, or any position, that they’re going to rally behind and play.”