Browns-Raiders: Game Notebook

Items from the Browns 26-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders...

From Fred Greetham's notebook... 

Bad D: The Browns continued to struggle defensively against a Raiders team not known for much offense. If not for self destruction on turnovers and penalties in the red zone, the Raiders should've had two other touchdowns. The Raiders marched right down the field 80 yards for the go ahead touchdown to end the third quarter. They ran the ball 13 of the 15 plays and converted on fourth-and-one on the drive. RB Lamont Jordan rushed for over 100 yards for the third-straight opposing back to gain over 100 yards. In the fourth quarter, on third-and-23, the Browns gave Jordan a 27-yard screen pass for a first down, which allowed Janikowski to kick a 48-yard field goal. The defense needed to stop the Raiders to give the offense a chance to get the game-winning field goal. On third-and-four, the Raiders had a false start and were at third-and-9  when Culpepper converted the pass to Jerry Porter in front of Leigh Bodden and Daven Holly.

Little O: After last week's offensive explosion, the Browns offense looked anything but sharp in the first half against the Raiders. The Browns punted on three of their first four possessions. The other two possessions resulted in interceptions. They were just 1-of-11 on third down conversions into the fourth quarter. RB Jamal Lewis had just 31 yards in the first half on nine carries. They had just two plays for over 10 yards into the fourth quarter. Lewis finished with 56 yards.

Drop Carter: WR Tim Carter dropped a key third down attempt right through his hands early in the fourth quarter. On the play, WR Joe Jurevicius was so open about 10 yards behind Carter, but wasn't thrown to. Carter did make a 14-yard catch in the fourth quarter.

Making a Play: The Browns gave up a big play, but made the most of it . WR Mike Williams made a 24-yard reception, but trying to get some extra yards had the ball stripped and DB Daven Holly picked it up. The play set up the Browns touchdown to take a 17-16 lead. 

Everyone's Pickin' On Me: Rookie CB Eric Wright gave up his fourth touchdown pass in the first three games as WR Ron Curry broke loose for a 41-yard score.

Cribbs Everywhere: WR/KR Joshua Cribbs can add QB to his resume as he took a direct snap and rushed for 7 yards up the middle.  Cribbs returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown to give the Browns their first score. It was Cribbs' third career return for a touchdown.

Bad Andy: QB Derek Anderson threw a bad pass early in the second quarter and it was intercepted by LB Thomas Howard and returned to the Browns' 24. Anderson threw another interception to LB Kirk Morrison who returned it 46 yards inside the Browns' 10. Anderson was 7-of-16 for 75 yards and two interceptions in the first half. He finished 18-of-37 for 247 with one touchdown and two interceptions. Most of his production took place in the final two drives.

Busy Player: Newly signed P Scott Player punted three times in the first half and punted after the Browns' first possession of the second half.

Daunte's Debut: QB Daunte Culpepper made his Raiders' debut with 1:16 in the first quarter when QB Josh McCown injured his ankle. Culpepper came in on third-and-eight from the Browns' 19 and threw a short pass to RB LaMont Jordan setting up a field goal. McCown returned on the Raiders' next series. Culpepper started the second half as McCown's ankle tightened up. Culpepper was 8-of-14 for 118 yards, but committed no turnovers.

Sack Man: LB Kamerion Wimbley sacked QB Josh McCown on the Raiders' first play, forcing a fumble, but the Raiders were able to recover the ball.  Wimbley sacked Culpepper in the fourth quarter for his second sack of the season and second of the game for the Browns.

Pool Play: S Brodney Pool played after suffering a mild concussion in last week's game with the Bengals.

Bad Start: DL Gerard Warren knocked the ball out of QB Derek Anderson's hand on the Browns' first possession and it resulted in a 24-yard loss as the ball rolled out of bounds. The Browns were faced with second-and-39 and third-and-40 on the drive. They had three penalties, a sack and a fumble on their first drive. They started the second drive with a false start.

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