Raiders Bring Browns Back to Reality

The Browns battled to the last tick of the clock, but come up short against Oakland. Fred Greetham recounts the action as the Browns fail again to win two consecutive games for head coach Romeo Crennel...

Something had to give.

And it did.

The Raiders had lost 11 in a row. The Browns hadn't won two in a row since 2003.

The Browns streak is still intact.

The Browns spotted the Raiders 16 first half points and took a brief 17-16 lead, but that was it as they dropped to 1-2 with a 26-24 loss in Oakland. The Raiders snapped their streak and improved to 1-2.

The Browns thought they had won the game briefly as it appeared Phil Dawson had hit a 40-yard field goal as time expired, but Lane Kiffin learned from last week's loss to the Broncos how to call a timeout as time expires. He did so and Dawson's second attempt was blocked.

The Raiders took a 3-0 lead with 37 seconds to play in the first quarter as Sebastian Janikowski nailed a 32 yard field goal.

After Derek Anderson threw an interception to Thomas Howard, the Raiders added to their lead with another Janikowski field goal from 22 yards to make it 6-0 with 11 minutes to play in the first half.

It could have been worse for the Browns as the Raiders squandered a first-and-goal opportunity on the Browns' one. On third-and-five, McCown launched a pass that was out of bounds in the end zone, but Brodney Pool tackled Jerry Porter for the pass interference call which gave the Raiders a first down at the one. A nice tackle for loss by Chaun Thompson on Lamont Jordan on first down and a bone-jarring tackle by Sean Jones on Mike Williams as he tried to haul in a pass in the end zone thwarted the drive.

The Browns found themselves down 13-0 as McCown hit Ronald Curry for a 41-yard touchdown strike with 4:45 to play in the first half. It was third-and-one and the Browns bit on the play fake and Curry ran past rookie Eric Wright.

Another turnover by Anderson led to yet another Raider score prior to the end of the first half. Kirk Morrison had the second interception of the game and returned it 46 yards inside the Browns' 10. The Browns were able to keep the Raiders from scoring a touchdown and Janikowski hit his third field goal of the first half to make it 16-0 with 2:05 to go in the first half.

After the Raiders went up 16-0, Joshua Cribbs took the kickoff and went 99 yards for a touchdown to make it 16-7 with 1:55 left in the first half.

With 1:39 to play, Jordan fumbled and Simon Fraser jumped on it at the Raiders' 29. The Browns went for it from the Raiders' 19 on fourth-and-one and Anderson rolled out and hit Jamal Lewis for a first down to the Raiders' six with 23 seconds to play.  Anderson threw two incomplete passes and the Browns had to settle for a 22-yard field goal from Phil Dawson with 11 seconds to play to make it 16-10.

The Browns were able get their first offensive touchdown of the game to take a 17-16 lead with 9:16 to play in the third quarter as Anderson hit Braylon Edwards on a slant for a 21-yard touchdown. The Browns went 52 yards in just four plays for the score. Edwards had four catches for 83 yards and a touchdown on the day.

Daunte Culpepper, subbing for the injured McCown, hit Mike Williams for 24 yards on third down, but as he tried to get an extra couple of yards the Browns were able to strip the ball and Daven Holly scooped it up and returned it to the Browns' 48.

The Browns lead was short-lived as the Raiders had their third try with a first-and-goal and this time they were able to convert with a one-yard run by Jordan to make it 23-17 with 10 seconds to play in the third quarter. The Raiders marched 80 yards on 15 plays for the score and took 9:06 from the clock.

Oakland tacked on a fourth field goal from Janikowski to make it 26-17 with 8:11 to play in the fourth quarter. The Browns had the Raiders in a third-and-23 situation after a Kamerion Wimbley sack, but Culpepper converted a screen pass to Jordan for 27 yards to keep the drive going.

After the field goal, the Browns put their best drive together. The big play was a 25-yard pass to Edwards to the two-yard line. That set up a one-yard bootleg by Anderson to make it 26-24 with 3:33 to play. The Browns went in 80 yards in 4:38 for the score. Anderson was 6–of-7 for 67 yards and had two runs for 12 yards on the drive.

The Raiders took over at their own 21 with 3:33 and were able to force the Browns to use all of their timeouts and essentially run out the clock. The big play was Culpepper hitting Jerry Porter on third-and-9 for the first down. The Browns knew Jordan would be getting the ball and they still allowed him to chew up a lot of time.

The Browns finally got the ball back with 1:04 and no timeouts at their own nine. Anderson threw two incomplete passes until he hit Kellen Winslow for 33 yards to the Browns' 42 with 36 seconds left. Anderson hit Winslow across the middle with 16 seconds to play to the Raiders' 36 for a gain of 22. Winslow finished with six catches for 88 yards.

Anderson threw an incomplete pass with 10 seconds to play and then hit Jurevicius for eight yards with three seconds to play to give Dawson a chance to kick a 40-yard field goal. Dawson hit the kick as time expired but the Raiders called a timeout and made Dawson kick it again and Thomas Kelly broke through and blocked the kick to give the Raiders the 26-24 win.

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