CLEVELAND -- Fresh off of a 35-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at FirstEnergy Stadium, the Cleveland Browns have just three days to make whatever corrections they can before facing another opponent.
After suffering their ninth loss this season, the Browns hit the road to play an AFC North Division game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium Thursday night. And head coach Hue Jackson believes the short week might be just the thing to help the Browns right the ship.
“Sometimes, a short week comes at a good time, and I am taking that approach with this team this week,” Jackson said. “There were no positives to take. Plenty to learn from, but really no positives. The Dallas Cowboys, they are a good football team, and I think we know that. We did not do much to slow them down on defense or keep their offense off the field by sustaining drives on offense.
“That is always part of our plan when we are playing a team like that, but we could not accomplish that. I will continue to say this all year and I am sure you guys are probably tired of me saying this, but I am not going to change. I am going to continue to remain determined.”
Despite their rookie status, quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott proved too much for the Browns to handle, and the Cowboys rode the successes of their first-year backfield to the 35-10 road victory.
Prescott completed 21 of his 27 attempts for 247 yards and three touchdowns without an interception or fumble against the Browns. Elliott complemented Prescott’s performance with a 92-yard, two-touchdown showing on 18 carries.
“We are not getting turnovers and we are not pressuring the quarterback, so those things coupled with some tackles missed from time to time really look really bad, and I am not the first to deny that,” Jackson said. “There are some things that don’t look very good, but we just have to keep working at it, make it an emphasis as we talk to our team because we will not be able to tackle in practice and go from there.”
Although admitting the loss to the Cowboys was tough to handle for both himself and the players, Jackson embraces the opportunity to lead the Browns into Thursday’s game with the goal of getting a win against a divisional opponent.
“You better believe it is the toughest challenge I have ever had,” Jackson said of coaching the 0-9 Browns. “I am excited about the challenge, and I truly believe that we have a tough road ahead of us, but we are looking forward to it. This is the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night in Baltimore. We have to get up and get these guys ready to play, and they will be.”