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The Oakland Raiders ended their losing streak on the road, beat the Cleveland Browns 27-20

The Oakland Raiders went to Cleveland to take on the Browns after their thrilling last-minute 37-33 victory against the Baltimore Ravens last week.

Head coach Jack Del Rio and the Raiders were beat the Browns 27-20, snapping their 14-game losing streak in the eastern time zone.

 

Quarterback Derek Carr got his chemistry with rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper early, completing three passes to the speedster for 54 yards on the opening drive. Unfortunately the offense would stall in the red zone, forcing them to settle for a field goal for the early 3-0 lead.

 

The Raiders defense would give up nothing to Josh McCown and the Browns offense as both teams struggled to score. That is until the Raiders got it going again late in the second quarter when the Raiders scored their first touchdown.

 

The drive was once again led by a big play from Cooper, who hauled in a pass from Carr and then took it 40 yards for a big catch-and-run. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave would capitalize by dialing up a pass play to wide receiver Andre Holmes who caught the touchdown pass in the middle of the end zone, giving the Raiders the early 10-0 lead.

 

McCown and the Browns offense would then find some success against Khalil Mack and the Raiders defense. Running back Isaiah Crowell broke free for a 17-yard gain to give the Browns first and goal from the one-yard line. But the Raiders defense would hold strong, forcing two runs of no gain and then two incomplete passes to force the field goal to hold a 10-3 lead.

 

With just 1:26 remaining in the first half, the Raiders would be right back in action after running back Latavius Murray broke free for a 20-yard gain to give Carr the ball at midfield. Carr would then find rookie Seth Roberts who was wide open on the right side, who scamped 36 yards in the Browns red zone. Just two plays later, the two would hook up again for a 13-yard touchdown completion, putting the Silver & Black up 17-3 heading into the half.

 

The Browns weren’t going to go down easily though, who came right back at the Raiders after they extended their lead with a third-quarter field goal. The Raiders would be burned by an opposing tight end yet again as McCown found tight end Gary Barnidge for a 28-yard touchdown.

 

Musgrave would keep his foot on the pedal though, as Carr found fullback Marcel Reece for a big 55-yard catch and run down the left side of the field. The Raiders would once again capitalize on the red zone opportunity as Murray punched it in from six yards out.

 

Rookie Cooper would make his first major mistake of his young NFL career shortly after when he tried to take a short catch upfield, but instead fumbled the ball back to the Browns on the 44-yard line. The Browns would capitalize with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Travis Benjamin.

 

It looked as if the Browns would get the ball back with plenty of time to tie up the game after a Raiders three-and-out, but Benjamin would muff the fair catch and Raiders Neiron Ball would recover the fumble to give the ball back to the Raiders with four minutes on the clock.

 

The Raiders would have another three and out, but run over a minute off of the clock. Instead of attempting the 56-yard field goal, Del Rio elected to punt the ball. It turns out it was the right decision and gunner Taiwan Jones downed the ball at the 2-yard line.

 

With a little over two minutes remaining in the game and down by just a touchdown, McCown would lead the offense all the way down to the Raiders 29-yard line with just over 40 seconds on the clock. That when the Raiders defense would put an end to the game. Ball made his second big play of the game, recording his first career sack.


It would be none other than the future hall of famer Charles Woodson who would secure the Raiders victory. Woodson came streaking across the field to haul in his 61st career interception and give the Raiders the 27-20 win. It was the Raiders first road win in 11 games, and first win in the eastern time zone since the Raiders beat the Steelers on Dec. 6, 2009.


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