Well that was a much-needed win in brutal weather in Cleveland.
Here’s our instant review of the Las Vegas Raiders’ Week 8 game at the Cleveland Browns on Sunday morning.
The Raiders took nearly nine minutes off the clock and ended up scoring a touchdown on a third-down pass from Derek Carr to Hunter Renfrow to take a 13-6 lead early in the fourth quarter. It was a 15-play, 75-yard drive and a major key in the Raiders’ win as they improved to 4-3.
Josh Jacobs, Devontae Booker and, yes, Carr, all had success on the ground,
It was cold, windy, snowy and wet in Cleveland on Sunday. The Raiders entered the game losing 11 straight games with temps under 50 degrees.
On third down in Cleveland territory, Derek Carr was almost sacked and then almost intercepted. Then, Daniel Carlson missed a 41-yard field goal to open the game. In Carlson’s defense, the wind was brutal.
See a trend here? After the Raiders got a fumble recovery in their territory, Carr tried to hit receiver Henry Ruggs III deep but the wind had other ideas. No wind and that is a touchdown.
Raiders defensive tackle Maurice Hurst was helped off the field with a left ankle injury. It didn’t look great.
Close, so close:
Henry Ruggs barely missed a touchdown in the second quarter. The Raiders ended up with a field goal to tie the game at 3-3.
The Raiders promised to change things on defense and they did as they were aggressive. Safety Johnathan Abram was all over the field and blitzed often.
Nice way to end half:
The Raiders went down the field and connected a field goal to take a 6-3 lead at halftime.
Safety Jeff Heath left the game with a hip injury in the second quarter.
Sam Young hurt his knee in the second quarter and Brandon Parker was put in at right tackle. Young was playing for Trent Brown, who is ill and did not play.
The Raiders leave Cleveland with a victory and head to Los Angeles next Sunday to play the Chargers.