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News & Notes: Stefanski highlights 2 key areas where Browns can be even better after Bengals win

The Browns are coming off their biggest win of the year, but Cleveland’s head coach still saw plenty to learn from

It was a feel-good Monday for the Browns, who were back to work at the CrossCountry Mortgage Campus after Sunday's 41-16 rout of the Bengals.

The routine didn't change even though the previous day's result was so refreshingly different from the previous week. The Browns analyzed the good, the bad and the in-between before officially turning the page to their Week 10 matchup with the Patriots.

Yes, there was a lot to like and celebrate in the 25-point victory. Browns coach Kevin Stefanski hit on a number of those areas from the "good team win" while also acknowledging some "corrections" the team would make before moving forward to Week 10.

Two in particular — penalties and capitalizing on turnovers — came to the forefront as Stefanski met with reporters midway through the day.

The Browns committed a season-high 10 penalties Sunday, giving them 75 on the season. A number of the penalties were pre-snap miscues, including a first-half stretch of three defensive offsides penalties in which a player lined up in the neutral zone.

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On the season, the Browns have lost 197 more yards to penalties than their opponents.

"We are not a disciplined football team right now when it comes to penalties, and we have got to get it fixed," Stefanski said. "We are very close to being worst in the league, and that is an undisciplined team. That is what losing looks like. We have to clean that up because it is going to come back and bite you if we do not."

Fortunately, the penalties in this instance were a footnote in an otherwise dominant showing. So, too, were the two field goals the Browns kicked after defensive takeaways set them up with prime field position. Stefanski, of course, would have preferred touchdowns, which would have put the game out of reach even earlier than it was.

With three takeaways Sunday, the Browns increased their season total to eight. They've scored touchdowns directly after those takeaways twice, including Sunday's pick-six by CB Denzel Ward.

"That is not good enough, and that is something that we need to do better," Stefanski said. "That is where we are going to be counting on our defense to get those takeaways week in and week out, and when they do, we have to convert them into sevens."

Injury Update

CB Greedy WIlliams is "day to day" with a shoulder injury, Stefanski said. Williams suffered the injury during Sunday's first quarter and did not return to action.

Williams missed all of 2020 with a nerve issue in his shoulder and also dealt with a shoulder injury during the Browns' Week 5 loss to the Chargers. Williams has yet to miss a game this season.

"I hesitate to say it is the same thing, but it is all connected," Stefanski said. "It was acting up, and we will see how he responds over the next couple of days."

DE Takkarist McKinley played a limited number of snaps Sunday after missing the previous game with a groin injury. Stefanski said he considered McKinley "day to day" as well.

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