Browns vs. Bengals: Changes Pat Shurmur and the Browns Must Make vs. Cincinnati

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Browns vs. Bengals: Changes Pat Shurmur and the Browns Must Make vs. Cincinnati
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When the Browns faced the Bengals for the first time this season in Week 1, Cleveland fans were expecting a victory over a team with myriad off-field problems that was supposed to be just as underdeveloped—if not more so—than the Browns were.

Unfortunately, what they got was a highly frustrating 27-17 loss fueled by rookie mistakes, penalties and the possible underestimation of what is turning out to be a very solid Bengals team.

It was a sad day for the Browns faithful who, while used to being repeatedly knocked around by AFC North powerhouses Pittsburgh and Baltimore, seemed crushed at the thought of not even being able to beat the formerly hapless, troubled Bengals.

So here we are again in Week 12, where the Browns will get their rematch against the Bengals, this time in Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium.

A lot has changed for these teams since that first coin flip back in September. Andy Dalton wasn't even the starting QB for Cincinnati in that game for one, and Peyton Hillis was still the center of the universe for everyone in Cleveland.

It didn't work out too well for the Browns the first time. If they want things to go better this time around, they'll need to make some changes. Even if they still have a long way yet to go to get to where they need to be, the Browns have come a long way since Week 1. Unfortunately, the Bengals have as well.

Here are five things the Browns need to do differently this time around to try to split the season series with Cincinnati and come home victorious in The Battle of Ohio: Part II.

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