CLEVELAND—Break them up.
Don't look now but the Browns have won three in a row!
The Browns defeated the Raiders, 23-9 at Cleveland Browns Stadium to win their third-consecutive game and improve their record to 4-11 with the finale against the Jaguars at home next Sunday. The last time the Browns won three in a row was in the 10-6 2007 when they defeated the Dolphins, Rams and Seahawks in succession. The Browns will try to finish the season with a four-game winning streak, which hasn't been accomplished since the 1994 season under Bill Belichick.
The Browns jumped out to a 10-0 lead and were able to limit the Raiders to three field goals helped out by three interceptions and four sacks on former Browns quarterback Charlie Frye.
Derek Anderson, starting in place of the injured Brady Quinn was 8–of-17 for 121 yards and a touchdown pass to Mohamed Massaquoi. More importantly, Anderson didn't turn the ball over. Jerome Harrison rushed 39 times for 148 yards, including a touchdown. Phil Dawson kicked three field goals.
"I feel great," Eric Mangini said. "A lot of guys contributed and right from the get go we got the turnover that got us going."
The Browns capitalized quickly on a Raiders' turnover and the Browns took a 7-0 lead on Harrison's 17-yard touchdown run. David Bowens stepped in front of Darren McFadden and intercepted Charlie Frye on the Raiders' second play and returned the ball to the Raiders' 17. After no gain on first down, Harrison took off left and rambled in with 13:32 left in the first quarter. Rex Hadnot and Lawrence Vickers had good lead blocks to open the hole.
After forcing the Raiders to a three-and-out, Dawson hit a 42-yard field goal with 8:16 to play to make it 10-0. The Browns went 45 yards in 10 plays on the drive and Harrison picked up 23 yards, while Evan Moore caught a 19-yard pass from Anderson.
The Raiders got on the board on a 44-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski with 2:48 to play in the first quarter to make it 10-3. The Raiders had the ball for 5:28. After starting at their 26, Frye hit on a 15-yard pass to Darren McFadden. Another 16-yard pass to Chaz Schilens for 16 moved the ball to the Browns' 36. Michael Bush picked up 14 to the 22. However a holding penalty negated a first down pass to the Browns' two after Frye connected with Louis Murphy.
Janikowski's 34-yard field goal with 11:12 left in the second quarter made it 10-6. The Raiders received great field position to start the drive at the Browns' 30. After getting stopped on a three-and-out inside the Browns' 10, the Browns were forced to punt. On the punt, Brandon McDonald was called for fair catch interference and a 15-yard penalty put the ball on the Browns' 30.
The Browns took a 17-6 lead with 18 seconds left in the first half as Anderson hooked up with Massaquoi on a 19-yard touchdown as he beat Chris Johnson. The Browns covered 93 yards on eight plays, taking just 1:28.
The drive was sparked by two personal foul penalties on the Raiders that gave the Browns 30 yards to into Raiders' territory. Richard Seymour picked up one call and Stanford Routt the other. Routt hit Harrison with a head butt and was ejected from the game.
The Raiders ended the first half with a 61-yard field goal by Janikowski as time expired. The Raiders received the ball with just 15 seconds to play and two short passes moved the ball to the Browns' 43 with one second to play. Janikowski's field goal was the fourth-longest in NFL history behind Tom Dempsey's record of 63.
The Browns increased their lead to 20-9 on the opening drive of the second half on a 33-yard field goal by Dawson. The Browns went 28 yards in seven plays on the drive.
The Browns started the second half with a 39-yard kickoff return by Harrison to the Raiders' 43. Runs by Harrison and Cribbs moved the ball to the 15 before kicking the field goal.
Starting on their own 27, the Browns moved to the Raiders' seven before Harrison fumbled and Greg Ellis recovered for the Raiders. The Browns had scored on the previous play, but an illegal block call on Michael Gaines negated the score. The Browns had moved downfield on passes from Anderson to Massaquoi for 28 yards to the Raiders' 39. Another 24-yard pass to Gaines moved the ball to the 14. On first down, Cribbs took the snap and gave it to Harrison in a misdirection play. Anderson and Robert Royal looked the other way acting confused to set up the play as Harrison went in for the score, but Gaines was called for an illegal block.
The Browns extended their lead to 23-9 with 8:31 to play on Dawson's third field goal of the game—this one from 34 yards out. The Browns had the ball for six plays and 31 yards before the score. The Raiders had been moving deep into Browns' territory when Brandon McDonald stepped in front of Johnnie Lee Higgins and returned the interception 39 yards to the Raiders' 47 with 11:31 to stop the drive.Frye had hit Higgins earlier for 33 yards to the Browns' 47. After a pass to McFadden moved the ball to the Browns' 26, Roth sacked Frye back to the 35. A pass to Miller moved the ball to the 24. On third-and-9, Frye tried to hit Higgins, but McDonald made the interception.
The Raiders answered with a 27-yard pass to the Browns' 31, but penalties moved the Raiders back to the 46. A pass to Murphy on third down gave the Raiders a first down on the 26. Abram Elam intercepted Frye in the end zone, but a pass interference penalty on Hank Poteat gave the Raiders a first down on the two.
An incomplete pass and a batted down pass by Corey Williams set up third-and-goal from the two. Frye tried to hit Murphy in the corner of the end zone, but Eric Wright was able to make the interception with 4:27 to play.
However, the call was challenged and overturned as Wright was out of bounds setting up fourth-and-goal from the two. Frye tried to throw into the end zone and Schilens was called for offensive pass interference and the Browns took over on downs with 4:21 to play.
The Browns couldn't pick up a first down and punted back to the Raiders with 4:00 to play. Starting at their own 46, Frye hit Miller for 31 yards to the Browns' 17. After a short completion, Frye threw his third interception of the game, this one counted for Wright and the Browns took over on their 12 with 2:49 to play.
The Browns ran the clock down to 1:07 before punting back to the Raiders, who took over at the Browns' 49. On fourth down, Marcus Benard sacked Frye to preserve the win.
Cribbs Play: WR/KR Josh Cribbs continued to display his special team's athleticism on a punt as he leapt in the air and batted the ball in the air over the end zone back to CB Brandon McDonald, who caught the ball at the one. He had four carries for 21 yards.
Jerome's Encore: After rushing for 286 yards a week ago, RB Jerome Harrison scored on a 17-yard run on his second carry. He had 17 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown in the first half and finished with 148 yards on 39 carries. His 39 carries set a new Browns' record for carries that was previously set by Lee Suggs in 2004 when he had 38. Harrison did fumble away the ball for the Browns' lone turnover.
Sack Men: The Browns had four sacks. DB Mike Adams picked up the Browns' first sack and then LB David Bowens and LB Matt Roth combined for another in the second quarter. Roth picked up another sack in the second half. Adams led the Browns with seven tackles, while LB Jason Trusnik had six. LB Marcus Benard finished the day with a sack.
DA's Turn: QB Derek Anderson started in place of the injured Brady Quinn. Anderson was 8-of-17 for 121 yards with two sacks and a touchdown and no interceptions.
Top Receiver: WR Mohamed Massaquoi was the leading receiver at the half with two catches for 33 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown. He finished with three receptions for 61 yards.
Getting Personal: With 1:22 to play in the first half, five personal fouls were called. OL Alex Mack and OL Rex Hadnot were called and DL Richard Seymour and DB Stanford Routt were flagged. Routt was ejected for a head butt and the back-to-back penalties moved the ball to the Raiders' 27. The Raiders had five personal fouls in the game.
Robo's Day: Anderson hit Brian Robiskie on third down for an 11-yard pick up and a first down to the Raiders' 47. He then injured his ankle and it was questionable if he would return. He had two receptions for 14 yards in the first half.
Gaines, Vickers Down: TE Michael Gaines injured his shoulder in the first quarter, but was able to return. FB Lawrence Vickers was injured in the first half and his return was questionable.
Old Friends: QB Charlie Frye, QB Bruce Gradkowski and DL Gerard Warren all play for the Raiders. Frye's first pass attempt was intercepted by LB David Bowens, which set up the Browns first touchdown. Warren shot through and dropped Harrison for a five-yard loss in the second quarter. Frye was 26-of-45 for 333 yards and and three interceptions. He was sacked four times.
Furrey Starts at Safety: WR/DB Mike Furrey made his first start of the season at safety in place of Mike Adams, who was moved to CB to replaced Brandon McDonald. Other inactives were: OL John St. Clair, LB Arnold Harrison, WR Jake Allen, TE Greg Estandia, DL Derreck Robinson, LB David Veikune, DB Gerard Lawson and DB Coye Francies.