An eventful week for the Oakland Raiders culminated in a 20-17 home loss to the Cleveland Browns. Oakland falls to 3-9 for the season and has lost five straight. The Browns move to 4-8 and notch their first road win in over a year.
The Raiders continue to be plagued with the same problems all year. The team commits terrible and costly penalties racking up 10 for 65 yards this afternoon. Trailing only 13-10 late in the fourth quarter, the Raiders defense faced a third and one with a chance to hold the Browns to a field goal attempt. Defensive tackle Desmond Bryant jumped offsides giving the Browns a first down. Two plays later running back Trent Richardson powered in a three yard touchdown to ensure the Browns victory.
Oakland wanted to get out to a fast start on Sunday because they have been in some many early deficits this season. However, they punted on their first four possessions. Cleveland capitalized with a Phil Dawson field goal and a Brandon Weeden 44 yard touchdown to Josh Gordon down the sideline. The rookie quarterback threw for a career high 364 yards against a suspect Raiders defense. Gordon caught 6 passes for 116 yards and the touchdown. The Raiders were able to get a Sebastian Janikowski field goal late in the second quarter to make the score 10-3 at halftime.
After the half, Cleveland tacked on another Dawson field goal to extend the lead to 13-3. Oakland responded late in the third quarter when Carson Palmer dropped a nice pass over the top to Rod Streater for a 64 yard touchdown. Streater made a nice adjustment to catch the ball and continue into the endzone to make it a 13-10 game.
Palmer was again asked to carry the offense completing 34 of 54 passes for 351 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. The interception came with the Raiders facing a third and four at the Cleveland 33 yard line. Palmer grossly under threw a ball intended for Juron Criner and cornerback Sheldon Brown stepped in front and made the interception.
Tight end Brandon Myers played a terrific game catching 14 passes for 130 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown came after the Richardson three yard score with one second left trailing 20-10. Myers tied the Raiders team record for catches in a game.
With running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson unable to go because of their high ankle sprains, Marcel Reece and Jeremy Stewart were the primary rushers for Oakland. Stewart carried 9 times for 46 yards including three runs over 10 yards. Reece rushed seven times for 36 yards and added five receptions. When the Raiders ran the ball they were effective, but abandoned the running game in order to throw, despite its success.
The Oakland defense intercepted Weeden twice. Both Matt Giordano, who left the game with a head injury, and Phillip Adams, who also left the game a concussion, created the turnovers. However, the defense still cannot make necessary stops and lack consistency. They missed countless tackles and blew coverages the entire game. The Browns racked up 475 yards and converted two fourth downs.
It will be a short week for the Raiders as they take on the Denver Broncos Thursday. With a win today the Broncos already clinched the AFC West division.
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