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TAMPA Julian Love Jersey , Fla. (AP) — Once again, close wasn’t good enough for the Cleveland Browns, who keep finding ways to lose.Chandler Catanzaro’s 59-yard field goal in overtime officially took them down in Sunday’s 26-23 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, the Browns themselves also had a lot to do with the result.In addition to failing to score on two possessions deep in Buccaneers territory, Cleveland was penalized 14 times for 114 yards, lost a fumble near midfield in overtime and managed to turn four Tampa Bay turnovers into only seven points.“It’s very frustrating any time you lose, especially because you could have done a lot of things better,” rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield said. “That seems to be the moral of the season.”The Browns (2-4-1) fell to 1-2-1 in overtime games this season and lost their 24th consecutive road loss dating to October 2015. That’s two shy of the NFL record set by the Detroit Lions from 2007-10.Six of their seven games have been decided by four or fewer points. Their four OT games are the most any team has played since 2011, when Arizona won all four it played. The league record is five by the Green Bay Packers in 1983.“We’ve got to capitalize on defensive turnovers,” Mayfield said. “The defense is playing great. … If we take those points when we can, I don’t think some of these games would be close.”A sputtering offense has been part of the problem. The Browns had 126 yards through three quarters and finished with 305.Coach Hue Jackson said that has to change, even if he has to get more involved.“I totally have to figure that out, and jump in head-first http://www.giantsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-darius-slayton-jersey , all hands, feet, everything. It’s just that simple,” Jackson said, adding that he’s not concerned that interjecting himself might be perceived as interfering with offensive coordinator Todd Haley.“I feel I have to, and I want to. That’s nothing against anybody on our building. … If the offense isn’t playing well, and we haven’t over a period of time, I think I have every right as a head coach to jump in and see if I can help and assist, and get this thing to where it needs to be,” Jackson said. “If that’s my specialty, then I need to be involved more, and I will be.”In addition to being stopped on downs at the Tampa Bay 1 when they were trailing 23-16 in the fourth quarter, the Browns also came away without points in the closing seconds of the first half when Mayfield — scrambling on fourth-and-2 from the Bucs‘ 11 — fumbled backward out of bounds as he appeared to be closing in on a first down.Jackson said he gambled on fourth down because he felt the team Quinnen Williams Jersey , trailing 16-2 at the time, needed a spark.“Baker was running for it, and the guy stripped the ball out and the ball goes backwards. That normally doesn’t happen,” Jackson said. “We could have kicked the field goal, no question, but I thought our offense needed something to feel good about in the first half.”For his part, Mayfield — 23 of 34 passing for 215 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions — said he should have done a better job of protecting the football.“I wish I would have switched hands, that’s the main thing,” the No. 1 overall draft pick said.“Either kicking the field goal or me switching the ball to the other hand, those points matter down there,” Mayfield added. “Any points are good points at that point of the game. You’ve got to take care of the ball.” Cam Newton appears on his way to becoming a smarter, more efficient passer.It’s only been two games http://www.jetsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jachai-polite-jersey , but the Panthers‘ eighth-year quarterback is completing a career-best 69 percent of his passes — well above his career completion mark of 58.3 percent — entering Sunday’s game against the unbeaten Cincinnati Bengals.Those numbers may not turn a lot of heads, but the Panthers (1-1) believe it’s a sign that Newton is gaining a solid grasp on new offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s scheme and developing as a passer. He’s being more patient, often working through his progressions and finding his second, third and sometimes fourth options on pass plays.That was evident last Sunday when Newton completed 14 passes to running back Christian McCaffrey resulting in 102 yards — most of those on “check downs,” where Newton was forced to read the defense and wait until the play developed before releasing the football.“He’s made a lot of good decisions these first two games,” coach Ron Rivera said. “I’m real excited about the progress Cam has shown in terms of understanding and getting a feel for what coach Turner wants.”The 2015 league MVP completed 32 of 45 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-24 loss to the Falcons on Sunday — although those numbers would have been higher had his receivers not dropped five passes, including one bobbled ball that resulted in Newton’s only interception of the season.Despite the loss, Rivera praised Newton’s performance.“He was patient, he went through his reads and he didn’t force balls in,” Rivera said. “And he threw check downs when he needed to. And that was huge. … Not always do you have to force the ball in or take off running.”Rivera expects Newton’s completion percentage will increase the more time he spends in Turner’s offense.Newton said it’s just a matter of learning to take what the defense gives him.One of the biggest keys, he said, is trusting teammates around him to do their jobs — the offensive line giving him time to work through his progressions and receivers making plays with the ball in their hands.That happened against Atlanta when Newton found D.J. 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But the Panthers are counting on that, figuring it will open things up downfield for other receivers.“Eventually teams will have to start to play that,” McCaffrey said, “and that’s when it all opens up.”While Newton’s intended target may change as the season unfolds, Panthers wide receiver Torrey Smith said Newton has a good chance of maintaining that 69 percent completion rate — or even improving on it.“Cam has been working his tail off and he has been making great decisions,” Smith said.Newton said he couldn’t care less about his completion percentage, as long as the team wins.___

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