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Eric Mangini hot-seat meter: Marginally warmer

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By Mike Wilkening

The Browns are one loss away from undoing, from a record standpoint, all of the good work they did in wins at New Orleans and vs. New England, and it's on head coach Eric Mangini to make sure Cleveland regroups in time for a key game at Jacksonville Sunday after its tough 26-20 OT loss to the Jets.

Whether you agree or disagree with Mangini's decision to roll the dice and try to drive downfield for the game-winning points when the Browns were pinned on their three-yard line with less than two minutes left to play in overtime when he could have played for the tie, his thought process marks a clear set of expectations: The Browns are playing to win. A more conservative approach, if executed well, might have earned Cleveland a half-game in the standings, though that would leave Mangini open to gripes about playing for the tie.

The Browns hung in against a tough opponent on Sunday. They have done so all season.

"We can play with anybody and we'll fight anybody," Mangini said.

That much is very apparent after nine games.

Now, here comes a big challenge for the Browns — keeping a high level of energy and continuing to execute so well after a potentially deflating loss. With a win over the Jaguars, the Browns would be 4-6 entering a game vs. feeble Carolina. On such a two-game stretch can momentum be built. However, progress can also be squandered.

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