Raiders vs. Browns preview

Oakland Raiders head coach Art Shell remains adamant about sticking with the offensive system and running it better rather than making major alterations based on the strengths and weaknesses of the Raiders.


STREAKS 5 of past 6  
COACHES VS. OPP. Crennel: 1-0 Shell: 0-2
LAST WEEK L 15-14 vs. Ravens Bye (Wk. 2 L 28-6 at Ravens)
LAST GAME 12/9/05: Browns 9 at Raiders 7. Cleveland K Phil Dawson kicks 35-yard FG as time expires to snap Browns' 3-game losing streak.
BROADCAST CBS (1:15 PM PT): Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots


PASSING Frye: 57-93-674-2-5-68.1 Walter: 12-32-190-0-3-19.0
RUSHING Frye (QB): 12-60-5.0-3 (T1L) Jordan: 29-55-1.9-0
RECEIVING Winslow (TE): 19-197-10.4-1 Moss: 6-79-13.2-0
OFFENSE 258.3 145.5
DEFENSE 382.3 283.0
SACKS 6 tied: 1.0 Sapp: 2.0
INTs 3 tied: 1 Morrison: 1
PUNTING Zastudil: 44.9 Lechler: 48.8 (1C)
KICKING Dawson: 9 (6/6 PAT; 1/1 FG) Janikowski: 6 (0/0 PAT; 2/2 FG)


The team has won 4 of its past 5 at home versus the AFC North. Head coach Art Shell aims to defeat the Browns for the first time in his career.

Quarterback Andrew Walter will make his first career start. Walter was the No. 69 overall selection of 2005 Draft out of Arizona St. (5th pick of Rd. 3), two slots below where the Browns drafted Charlie Frye out of Akron (No. 67 overall). Walter passed for eight first downs in week two at Baltimore.

Against the Browns last season (12/9/05), running back LaMont Jordan rushed for a career-high 132 yards on 25 carries (5.3-yd avg.) and caught five passes for 40 yards.

Wide receiver Randy Moss has 23 touchdown catches in 31 career October games. Moss's teams are 11-5 (.688) in October when he catches a touchdown. Moss (98) needs two touchdowns to reach 100 in his career. The Oakland passing attack averaging an NFL-best 14.3 yards per completion.

Defensive end Derrick Burgess posted 1.0 sack in the meeting last season. Defensive tackle Warren Sapp registered 2.0 sacks in week two at Baltimore for 17 yards in losses. In the last game versus Cleveland (10/13/02 w/ TB), Sapp also posted 2.0 sacks for -17 yards.

WR-KR Chris Carr stands third in the NFL with a 27.7 KR avg.


Club has won 5 of the past 6 in series, including 4 of the past 5 on the road.

Last week versus the Ravens, quarterback Charlie Frye recorded career-high 298 passing yards and the second highest single-game passer rating 90.2 (136.7 vs. Jax, 12/4/05). Frye has rushed for a touchdown in three consecutive games; the first Browns QB to do so since Hall of Famer Otto Graham (10/24-11/4/54). Frye's three rushing touchdowns are tied for the league lead.

Running back Jason Wright is 2-for-2 in 3rd-and-1 rushing attempts for first downs.

Wide receiver Braylon Edwards posted a career-high 116 yards last week versus Baltimore and has eclipsed the 100 receiving yard plateau for consecutive weeks for the first time in his career. Among players with 11+ catches, Edwards (22.6) stand third in yards per catch. Tight end Kellen Winslow stands first among NFL tight end in receptions (19) and yards (197). He has posted seven-plus receptions in two of the past three games. Winslow (5) ties Dallas Clark (5) of Indianapolis and Baltimore Todd Heap (5) with most third down catches by a tight end.

Defensive tackle Ted Washington was a Raider from 2004-05, starting all 32 games. Cornerback Leigh Bodden recorded an interception in the last meeting (12/9/05).

Kicker Phil Dawson (6) leads the NFL in touchbacks on kickoffs. Kickoff coverage unit ranks No. 1 in the NFL in opponents' average drive start (18.4).

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