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November 20, 2013 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- The message in the Browns' locker room Wednesday was focused on looking ahead to the Pittsburgh Steelers, which means forgetting about the 41-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
"You have to move on," quarterback Jason Campbell said. "No matter what happened Sunday, it's done. It's over. You can bounce back this Sunday and come out and play great, or you're going to continue hanging your head on that and play flat. We're in the race at 4-6. I think we need to put this completely behind us."
The Browns emphasized the game against the Bengals as one of the most important in recent history. The issue now will be to remain committed to the goal at hand after the letdown in Cincinnati.
There's still a slim hope of making the playoffs. The Browns would have to either run the table in the remaining six games or, at worst, win five of the six.
That clearly makes Sunday's game at home against the Steelers a virtual must win for both teams (the Steelers are also 4-6). Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wouldn't go that far, but he has to know that another loss to an AFC North Division rival would almost certainly end all playoff hopes.
The Steelers have a slight advantage in that four of their final six games are against division rivals -- two against the Browns and one each against the Ravens and Bengals. Their other two games are home to the Dolphins and at Green Bay, which is currently without injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
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