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Browns offense focused on correcting 'missed opportunities' against Ravens


PHILADELPHIA —** After a loss to the Eagles in the season opener, Hue Jackson willingly placed the weight of the Browns' offensive struggles on his shoulders.

"We had our opportunities and didn't get it done," the first-year coach said, "so I take total responsibility for all that on offense. This team, we have to get better and we will."

In a game of momentum swings, the Browns watched their comeback from an early 10-0 deficit ultimately fall short because of miscues and missed opportunities, a dynamic they lamented in postgame interviews. Those things, Jackson said, have to be corrected in time for the home opener against the Ravens on Sunday afternoon.

"I don't think we're playing as well as we can on offense," he said. "So I will fix that. I feel very comfortable in getting that squared away."

While the Browns offense proved it could move the ball against Philadelphia, it sputtered down the stretch with 288 total yards and went 2-for-10 on third down conversions. On the first series of the second half, they also saw a promising drive yield a field goal before the Eagles pulled away after an errant sap sailed past Robert Griffin III and into the end zone for a safety.

"I think that made it a five-point game.  Then instead of us having the ball with the chance to get the lead, they had the ball and went in to score, and now it's a two-score game," left tackle Joe Thomas said.

"So certainly that was the moment when the momentum switched. We had some opportunities the rest of the half, but weren't able to grab it back and get that score to make it a one-score game so we could operate in our normal offense, which is where you want to be."

Jackson stressed how Cleveland must capitalize on opportunities in what he calls the "scoring zone," and outlined how they can have something of a ripple effect throughout the game.

"I'm saying, those third downs, they are opportunities, they'll come back to bite you. There's a chance for a huge play and you don't make it, so you have to kick field goals," he said.

"So the game's different there. I think we all understand that. So again, we have to get better in those areas. I get it and I see it and we will."

The pass game — which was able to connect on a couple of big plays to Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman — flashed encouraging moments but Jackson maintained the Browns need to be more consistent.

"We can play better than we played on offense," he said. "We had some drops early – that was very uncharacteristic of us a little bit. Those things bleed into other things, so we just have to play better."

The Browns play the Eagles in the second half of the 2016 season opener.

Griffin, who finished 12-of-26 for 190 yards and an interception, said "it's just a matter of us going out and executing plays we need to execute.

"Like I said, it starts with me," he continued. "I didn't do a good enough job helping us manage the game and get those completions."

Pryor, who finished with three catches for 68 yards, said the Browns had their chances to score and "we have to punch them in."

"We turned the ball over several times, we just missed opportunities and it's a shame," he said. "But, we get to come back next week and play a conference opponent and try to do better."

Indeed, the Browns have already turned the page to their preparations for the Ravens and a defense that held Buffalo to seven points and just 160 total yards in a win Sunday.

"We have to get better at that next week if we want to win and when we have those opportunities, we have to take full advantage of it and score touchdowns," Pryor said. "There were a lot of positives and I'm sure coach (Jackson) will get into that next week."

"We have to grow from this and get better," Jackson said. "And we will. So I am looking forward to next week."

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