Raiders vs. Browns walkthrough

This is the 16th meeting the teams. The Raiders lead the series, 9-6. After losing eight straight to the Raiders from 1974 to 1986 the Browns have won five of the last six, including 2005 when they beat the Raiders 9-7 in Oakland.

KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:15 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/01/06
SURFACE: Grass
TV: CBS, Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots

2006 RANKINGS: Browns: offense 30th (31st rush, 17th pass); defense 28th (25th rush, 25th pass). Raiders: offense 32nd (29th rush, 32nd pass); defense 10th (31st rush, 2nd pass)

PREDICTION: Raiders 20-17

KEYS TO THE GAME: Raiders QB Andrew Walter makes his first career start, and to have a fighting chance he needs the woeful offensive line to show improvement following two weeks of work during the team's bye. The Raiders also need a receiver to step up opposite Randy Moss, whose long reception for the season is only 20 yards while facing constant double teams.

Oakland will also pound RB LaMont Jordan between the tackles in hopes of setting up the play-action pass. Cleveland has had its own issues protecting QB Charlie Frye, who needs to do his part by getting rid of the ball quicker. RB Reuben Droughns expects to play, and forcing the Raiders to respect the run is critical.

WR Braylon Edwards and TE Kellen Winslow have shown big-play ability in recent games, but they can be neutralized if Oakland is able to abuse Cleveland's offensive line and get to Frye.

FAST FACTS: Raiders: Of Jordan's 29 carries, 12 have been for two yards or less. Moss needs two touchdowns for 100 in his career. Browns: Edwards has two consecutive 100-yard receiving games. Frye is on pace to be sacked 64 times.

Raiders:

WR Randy Moss, who does not have a touchdown through the first two games, went the first three games of 2001 without scoring, the only such streak of his career to open the season.

TE Courtney Anderson, who was a primary target during training camp and the pre-season, has just three receptions in two games, and has also dropped at least three passes.

SS Michael Huff, advertised as an all-purpose player in the secondary, has almost exclusively guarded tight ends Antonio Gates and Todd Heap in Weeks 1 and 2.

QB Andrew Walter has been sacked once out of every five pass plays.

LB Grant Irons did not practice, is listed as questionable and probably will not face Cleveland.

Browns: TE Kellen Winslow has to fight through soreness in his knee that prompted the team to hold him out of practice on Wednesday. Winslow said his knee will never be 100 percent, and coach Romeo Crennel said the team monitors Winslow carefully so he can play on Sunday. "You have to manage the situation," Crennel said.

WR Braylon Edwards has had consecutive 100-yard games, mainly because he has caught deep passes in each of the last two games. If Edwards has proven anything, he can go after a deep ball. Had a deep completion not been called back by penalty, Edwards would have 100-yard games in each of the Browns three games.

WR Joe Jurevicius may see his first playing time of the year in Oakland, but expect him only to see spot duty. Jurevicius has been sidelined since hurting his ribs in the season opener. He will help Charlie Frye, but he's probably not ready to play a full game yet.

QB Charlie Frye knows he's been hit a lot, but he shrugs it off. "I can survive," Frye said. He'll survive better with a running game. Frye right now is the Browns only source of offense.

OG Cosey Coleman will play with a broken finger against Oakland, which would limit his ability to grab on pass protection. Coleman is a tough guy, so he'll play, but he may struggle - especially against Warren Sapp.

DE Orpheus Roye promised to return from the shoulder strain that sidelined him for the Cincinnati game. Roye's presence should be a boost to the run defense. Roye is a smart player who plays the system the right way.


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