1. The Browns must push aside the disappointment that was the 24-6 loss last week against the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars. Tashaun Gipson’s two interceptions in Jacksonville proved to be the bright spot during an otherwise forgettable performance by the Browns. The Raiders are winless, and the host Browns need to keep it that way and take advantage of a schedule that brings the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-5) to Cleveland next Sunday.
0 The number of times an NFL team has lost to winless opponents in back-to-back weeks in Week 7 or later. The Browns lost to the winless Jacksonville Jaguars last week and hope to bounce back against the winless Oakland Raiders.
Twenty-five years after the humiliating moment, Craig Ehlo’s wound has healed.
The frequent ribbing, the endless questions, even a college player’s re-enactment of “The Shot,” morphed from annoyance to flattery. Ehlo, the former Cavs guard, has come to enjoy discussing his futile effort to defend Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan’s game-winning jumper in the deciding first-round game of the 1989 Eastern Conference playoffs.
BEREA: The Browns believe rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel is benefiting from serving as a backup this season party because he has an opportunity to watch Brian Hoyer and learn lessons about leading on the professional level.
So in the aftermath of a 24-6 loss to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars, Manziel took note as Hoyer worked relentlessly in an effort to bounce back after his worst performance as an NFL starter and seize command of the team. The Browns (3-3) will host the Oakland Raiders (0-6) at 4:25 p.m. Sunday.
BEREA: Browns undrafted rookie nickel cornerback K’Waun Williams returned to practice Wednesday after being medically cleared from a concussion he suffered Oct. 12 in a 31-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
What went right: Free safety Tashaun Gipson had two interceptions and cornerback Buster Skrine tallied another. The three takeaways gave the Browns the ball at the Jaguars’ 17, the Jaguars’ 33 and the Browns’ 12, but the offense produced just three points off them. “With three turnovers, you expect to win that football game if we do what we’re supposed to do [on offense],” wide receiver Andrew Hawkins said.
BEREA: When the Browns ended their 25-day search for a head coach by choosing Mike Pettine on Jan. 23, many outsiders doubted his ability to secure a high-quality offensive coordinator because he had been hired later than his NFL peers.