Browns Break Through, 13-7

The Browns have finally won with Tim Couch at the helm at home, defeating the Oakland Raiders 13-7 in a game marked by William Green's running and Raider penalties. Here's a brief re-cap... stay tuned to BerniesInsiders for complete and objective coverage throughout the afternoon and evening!

  1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Cleveland 0 3 7 3 13
Oakland 7 0 0 0 7

Taking advantage of hard running by William Green and sloppy play on the part of the Raiders, the Browns defeated the Raiders at home, 13-7. In the prior to the nail-biting finish, William Green became the first Browns running back since Kevin Mack to run for 100 yards in two consecutive games.

The Raiders took an early lead thanks to a William Green fumble on the Browns first series. Rich Gannon moved the Raiders 24 yards, finishing the drive with a ten-yard touchdown pass to rookie TE Teyo Johnson.

After that, however, Raiders miscues and solid play in the trenches by the Browns allowed Butch Davis crew to charge back. The Raiders were penalized an amazing 19 times, and frequently provided the Browns offense with second and third chances to keep drives going.

While Tim Couch played a solid game (15-25-117), William Green stole the show in the second half with punishing runs over a increasingly worn out Raider defensive line. Green finished with 144 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown.

The Browns kicking unit also stood out, particularly in the second half. Chris Gardocki, who went over 40,000 career punting yards during the game, pinned the Raiders inside their own ten several times.

Phil "The Human Battering Ram" Dawson provided the most electrifying special teams highlight, however, taking the ball on a pitch from Gardocki and rambling 14-yards on a fake field goal attempt. Dawson, eschewing his standard helmet-first style of play, darted out-of-bounds on the Raiders six.

With the Raiders defense reeling, Green ran the ball into the end zone on the ensuring first-and-goal play from scrimmage.

Dawson also nailed 52-yard and 36-yard field goal attempts to provide the other half of the Browns scoring.

Failing to score a touchdown on their final drive, the Browns allowed the Raiders to stay alive, and Rich Gannon and crew kept their hopes alive. Critical in their final drive was a fourth-down pass by Gannon that gave them new life at the two minute mark. The Raiders drove down to the Cleveland twenty-five yard line until future Hall of Famer Jerry Rice caught the ball out of bounds on a fourth-down play.

Following review, the borderline play was upheld, returning possession to the Browns with under thirty seconds left, effectively ending the game.

The Browns are now 3-3 for the season, as the AFC champion Raiders fall to 2-4.


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