Week 8: Browns Preview

After dropping the ball versus the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Cleveland Browns attempt to get back on track as they host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at 4:15 p.m. This will be the second consecutive winless team as well as the second rookie quarterback they face. A victory is expected, but Oakland won’t go down without a fight. Both of these franchises have seen their share of struggles as both teams haven’t seen the playoffs in 12 years.

Comparatively, both teams are nearly identical stat wise. Rookie Derek Carr has compiled 1,189 yards along with eight touchdowns, but five interceptions too. Brian Hoyer has 1,439 yards, seven touchdowns, and just two interceptions. Both Ben Tate and Darren McFadden have rushed for exactly 279 yards and two scores. Cleveland’s leading receiver is Andrew Hawkins with 382 yards on 29 receptions (13.2 yard average). Oakland’s James Jones has similar numbers with 30 receptions for 363 yards (12.1 yard average), but he has three touchdowns.

On the other hand, from a team standpoint, Cleveland has the advantage. The Browns average 23.3 points per game compared to Oakland’s 15.3 points. Although the Raiders rush for a league worst 69.3 yards per game, they face a defense surrendering a league high 155.5 yards per game on the ground. Oakland isn’t much better as they yield an average of 145.3 rushing yards. The Raiders rank last in points scored (92), red zone drives (10), and first downs (94).

All things considered, including home field advantage, the Cleveland Browns should be victorious. Hoyer hopes to rebound while Carr is still trying to put it together, as he ranks 29th out of 35 quarterbacks with an 80.9 quarterback rating. Due to poor run defenses on both teams, expect to see a boatload of running plays from both teams. It will be the battle of the backs as McFadden and Tate both will record 100 yard games and at least one touchdown. Cleveland wins 28-20.

-Max Gold

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