by Inside the Redzone staff – Michael Taylor
Cleveland Browns (2-3) at Oakland Raiders (3-2)
Gametime: 4:05 PM Eastern Sunday
The Browns visit the Black Hole coming off a bye. In their previous game against the Tennessee Titans, the Browns racked up 416 yards of offense, but only came away with 13 points. Colt McCoy threw 61 times, completing 40 for 350 yards. We don’t expect another run-and-shoot performance reminiscent of the old Houston Oilers, but the Raiders love to blitz. When this happens, their 31st ranked secondary could be exposed. We expect touchdown passes to Benjamin Watson and Mohammed Massaquoi.
The Raiders pride themselves on stopping the run, so we don’t expect Peyton Hillis to have a big day, but he is definitely the guy if the Browns get in close.
Touchdowns – Benjamin Watson, Peyton Hillis
Sleeper – Greg Little
Fresh off their emotional win in Houston, the Raiders will pay tribute to Al Davis before taking on the Browns. Their mantra, “Just Win Baby” was on full display last week as they were outgained by the Houston Texans 473-278. The league’s top rusher, Darren McFadden, had a pedestrian 51 yards on 16 carries. Now he gets a Browns defense that has allowed an average of 124 yards rushing per game.
While sticking to their running philosophy, the Raiders will still try to stretch the field with Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford. The Browns have given up the fifth fewest passing yards, but they have yielded seven touchdown catches. With cornerback Joe Haden unlikely to play, we see one of the Raiders’ speedy receivers scoring a touchdown.
Touchdowns – Darren McFadden, Denarius Moore
Sleeper – Jacoby Ford