Key for Browns: Worst to first in takeaways, turnover ratio
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By Pat McManamonESPN Staff Writer

BEREA, Ohio – Damarious Randall said it was emphasized from the first day he arrived in Cleveland.

Christian Kirksey said it's stressed in practice, especially on "Takeaway Thursday."

T.J. Carrie said there are film breakdowns on players who are susceptible.

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The Cleveland Browns' turnover frenzy has not happened by accident, but it has had a huge impact on the team winning two of its first five games. Through five games, the Browns lead the NFL with 15 takeaways, the most by a Browns team in the first five games since 1989. More important, they lead the NFL in turnover ratio at plus-eight.

"It's the biggest win-loss stat there is in football," offensive coordinator Todd Haley said.

The numbers back him up. This season teams that are plus-1 in turnover margin in a game have won 77 percent of those games. Take it back to 2000 and plus-1 teams have won 79 percent.

Teams that are plus-2 have won 87.5 percent of their games this season, 88 percent since...



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