The Oakland Raiders scored a touchdown to start the 4th quarter against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday to go ahead 27-10, and would hold on to win the game 27-20, after Charles Woodson intercepted a Josh McCown pass at the 13 yard line with 39 seconds left to seal the game.
The Raiders had built their lead with big plays on offense. Marcel Reece and Latavius Murray each had plays of over 50 yards. Amari Cooper had a 40 yard catch and run. Seth Roberts followed suit with a 36 yarder. Derek Carr (20-32, 314 yards) had two touchdown passes, one to Roberts and the other to Andre Holmes. Murray had a rushing TD to go with 139 yards on 26 carries.
The Raiders Defense sacked McCown (28-49, 341 yards 2 TD 1 INT) 5 times, with two coming by Khalil Mack. The Browns got a big break when Cooper fumbled the ball after a reception for the Raiders. Cleveland responded with a 6 play, 43 yard drive for a Travis Benjamin TD. Oakland’s troubles with the tight end position continued, with Cleveland’s Gary Barnidge having career highs of 6 catches for 105 yards and 1 TD.
With a muffed punt and a Raiders recovery on a fair catch by Benjamin, Oakland was poised for a late dagger score. The drive stalled out though, and the Raiders had to punt. Marquette King and the Raiders special teams pinned the Browns back to their own 2 yard line, but Cleveland drove right down the field until Woodson got the interception on a long pass attempt to put the game away.
This was a big step forward for the Raiders, who last year lost on the road against Cleveland. They now sit at 2-1, and will face The Bears in Chigaco next week.
The Browns fall to 1-2, and while McCown looks alright, how much longer can they play him instead of Johnny Manziel? Especially if they are not winning football games? Cleveland goes to San Diego next Sunday for some sunshine and also to face the Chargers.
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