November 26, 2014

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Browns return from break excited to be in 1st place, focused on staying there for next 7 weeks

As part of the Salute to Service campaign, military guests representing all five branches watch the Cleveland Browns practice Tuesday in Berea. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

BEREA — The Browns dispersed for the weekend riding high after the emphatic 24-3 win in Cincinnati on Thursday night. They returned to practice Tuesday in sole possession of first place in the AFC North, courtesy of the Jets’ upset of the Steelers on Sunday. “It’s a great accomplishment at this part of the season,” Read More…

Browns Notes: RB Ben Tate not satisfied with role, use in 3-back rotation

Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer hands off to running back Ben Tate against the Oakland Raiders Oct. 26 in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — During Ben Tate’s four years in Houston, he longed to escape the shadow of Pro Bowler Arian Foster and become a feature running back. When he signed a two-year deal with the Browns in March, he thought he’d have that opportunity. Nine games into his Cleveland career, he’s part of a three-back rotation Read More…

Playing in NFL is snap for Browns center Nick McDonald after hardships he’s been through

Cleveland Browns center Nick McDonald blocks during an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Oct. 26. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Nick McDonald starting at center for the first-place Browns is one of the most improbable stories in the NFL. Not because Pro Bowler Alex Mack had played 5,279 straight snaps before breaking his fibula Oct. 12. Not because the Browns hadn’t been alone in first place this late in the season since 1994. Not because Read More…

Midseason report: Browns all alone in first place for first time since 1994

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The midpoint of the 16-game schedule came after the win over Tampa Bay on Nov. 2, but the short week before the Thursday nighter in Cincinnati didn’t allow for a proper midseason report. The long weekend — the Browns are calling it a mini-bye — provided the perfect opportunity to reflect on a surprising first nine games Read More…

Donte Whitner delivers inspiring speech, sparks Browns’ big win over Bengals

Cleveland Browns strong safety Donte Whitner reacts during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Nov. 2 in Cleveland. The Browns won 22-17. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Browns Town was buzzing after Cleveland’s 24-3 win Thursday night over the Bengals, and strong safety Donte Whitner loved it. “It means everything to me,” the Cleveland native and Glenville High School graduate said Friday on a conference call. “That’s the reason I came here. Anybody that’s from anywhere, has any pride about where they’re Read More…

Browns Notes: Safety Donte Whitner takes pride in making hometown happy, motivated teammates with emotional pregame speech

Cleveland Browns strong safety Donte Whitner reacts during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Nov. 2 in Cleveland. The Browns won 22-17. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Browns Town was buzzing after Cleveland’s 24-3 win Thursday night over the Bengals, and strong safety Donte Whitner loved it. “It means everything to me,” the Cleveland native and Glenville High School graduate said Friday on a conference call. “That’s the reason I came here. Anybody that’s from anywhere, has any pride about where they’re Read More…

Coach Mike Pettine not afraid to talk about playoffs, but Browns know they have lot of work left

Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine smiles after a 24-3 win over the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

ike Pettine isn’t afraid to talk to his players about the playoffs. He’s been doing it since before the season started. “It was our goal at the beginning of the year,” the first-year coach said Friday on a conference call. “We wanted to be a playoff team. Why not us? We talked about the number Read More…

Browns 24, Bengals 3: Cleveland tied atop division after big win in Cincy

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CINCINNATI — “Bri-an Hoy-er” chants were loud enough to penetrate the glass windows of the press box. Barks from the Cleveland fans still in their seats were audible just outside the joyous locker room. The Browns dominated the Bengals on Thursday night, winning 24-3 on national television. They let the league know they’re for real, Read More…

Browns 24, Bengals 3: Cleveland dominates on national TV, moves into first-place tie

Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate (44) scores a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half Thursday in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

CINCINNATI — The Browns were more than ready for prime time Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium. They have a spot in first place to prove it. The Browns dominated the Bengals in a 24-3 victory on national television. It was their first road win inside the AFC North since 2008, snapping a string of Read More…

Browns pregame update: Leading WR Andrew Hawkins inactive; 3 points of interest; numbers game; the prediction

CINCINNATI — The Browns will enter arguably their biggest game since 2007 without leading receiver Andrew Hawkins. Hawkins took a big hit to his thigh and knee Sunday in a win over Tampa Bay and was listed as questionable for tonight’s game against the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. He tested the leg during pregame Read More…