Cleveland Browns expect 'tough challenge' from Miami Dolphins

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins have started out the 2016 regular season very much the same, with back-to-back losses, but there is one difference in that Miami has yet to play in front of its home fans.

But that will change on Sunday when the Dolphins welcome the Browns to Hard Rock Stadium for their home opener. And with the Dolphins playing in front of the home fans for the very first time this season, the Browns are preparing for and expecting a difficult task of getting into the win column against another hungry team.

“Another week, another challenge,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “We get to head to Miami this week. We expect a real tough challenge. Obviously, it is their home opener in their newly renovated stadium. They are trying to right their ship just as we are.”

The Browns come into the game against the Dolphins on the heels of a 25-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in their home opener at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Browns started fast, but the Ravens finished strong and scored 25 unanswered points on their way to the win in an AFC North Division game.

Quarterback Joe Flacco’s 25-of-45 showing for 302 yards with two touchdowns and the combination of tight end Dennis Pitta and wide receiver Mike Wallace carried the comeback. Pitta turned nine receptions into 102 yards, and Wallace scored a pair of touchdowns in the come-from-behind victory.

The Browns totaled just 126 yards and seven first downs in the second half.

But despite the setback, Jackson has seen a focused effort from his players and coaches through the early part of the week.

“We know they are going to give us everything they have,” Jackson said. “Obviously, there are just so many things that we are working through ourselves, but we feel good about the start of our preparation for the week. One thing I know about our team is they are really resilient.

“The guys really work hard. I love our process. Win, lose or draw, we turn the page and move onto the next one because we understand that is life in the National Football League. All we can do is learn from our opportunity and our experience, and then, grow from it as well.”

For the Browns to be successful against the Dolphins, Jackson knows a consistent effort in practice is of the utmost importance.

“We understand and recognize there are a lot of things that we need to do better as a football team,” Jackson said. “We need to keep growing. The good part about our team, our coaches, everybody involved, they understand the process that we are in, and I do not think anybody is flinching. We understand that we are an 0-2 football team, that we need to continue to get better, work through some things, regardless of who is playing and who is not playing.

“We have an expectation here, and that is not going to change regardless of who is playing. I will never change that when it comes to our players, and I don’t think our players would ever want me to. We are always going to go out and expect to win, but we understand every week, we have to work that way to get better and keep chasing it. That is what we are going to do.”


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