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What players and coaches are saying ahead of Raiders, Browns week four match up

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NFL: Oakland Raiders-OTA Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The phrase “must win” game is an often overused term in sports. In the case of the Raiders week four game versus the Cleveland Browns I believe it to be accurate.

With another loss the Raiders would be in jeopardy of falling four games back in the division and the prospect of a wild card berth would be seemingly unlikely.

The Raiders, who have played 180 minutes of football this season have led or been tied for 157 (and 36 seconds) of those minutes. They have only trailed for 22 minutes (and 24 seconds) this season. To put it bluntly...THE RAIDERS ARE DUE!

If there was ever a game for the Raiders to get a win this would be the perfect week. Browns head coach, Hue Jackson named rookie Baker Mayfield his starting quarterback. A rookie making his first start, on the road in the black hole, against a team desperate to turn their season around sounds like a recipe for disaster for the Browns.

Let’s take a look at what players and coaches from both teams are saying about the week four match up.

Head Coach Jon Gruden, on what he has seen from Baker Mayfield.

“He just makes a lot of plays when nothing is there. He makes plays happen when there is something there, in the pocket when it’s clean, he can hit the open receivers. When nobody is open and he has to move around, he has a lot of Jeff Garcia in him. He’ll dive for first downs. He’ll extend plays. He’s got a really good, competitive spirit about him. I love the way he plays. I know he’ll be very excited for his first career start. We have to do a great job giving him some looks and getting some pressure on him.”

Quarterback Derek Carr, on what he expects from a Gregg Williams defense.

“He’s so exotic in some of these looks and then sometimes he can just peal back on that kind of stuff and let his front four – because they’re so talented – just go. I think that’s where they can create a lot of problems, in different looks. He’s been doing it for so long. He’s a great, great coach.”

Offensive Coordinator Greg Olson, on Browns defensive end Myles Garrett.

“He is another one of them in a long line throughout the season. Every team it seems like has one of those premier pass rushers. He’s a younger player right now in this league that’s emerging. Certainly, we will have our hands full, but he’s a very solid pass rusher.”

Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson, on Derek Carr.

He’s throwing the ball all over the place. Obviously, the guy is throwing a 76 percent completion, throwing for a ton of yards. I don’t think their issues are in the pass game. I know people say they are this, that and the other. Obviously, he’s a good football player. He’s good at what he does. He knows how to distribute the ball. So many of their receivers have had big games, week in and week out. So, it’s not just one guy, the ball has been all over the place. I think Derek is playing well.”

Browns Cornerback TJ Carrie, on the Raiders offense.

“They have talent. They have speed. They have a good plan week in and week out as you consistently can see. They are putting up points. They are averaging about 400 yards a game. That is a really stout, pretty good offense. They have skill guys that we are going to have to try and take away to the best of our abilities. Then you have Derek Carr who is the manager and the quarterback of that system. He really takes over that offense and gets them going.”