Sunday, December 2, 2012
Wrap-up: Browns 20, Raiders 17
By Jamison Hensley
My thoughts on the Cleveland Browns' 20-17 win at the Oakland Raiders:
What it means: The Browns (4-8) ended a 12-game road losing streak, winning for the first time away from home since Sept. 18, 2011. Cleveland also won back-to-back games for the first time since September 2011. The Browns are now 4-3 since starting the season 0-5. The Raiders (3-9) lost for the fifth straight time.
Brown steps up: With Cleveland ahead by three points, Browns cornerback Sheldon Brown stopped the go-ahead score by picking off Carson Palmer at the Browns' 6-yard line. It was the Browns' only forced turnover of the game. Brown broke up three other passes as well.
Closing it out: The Browns, who have had their problems in the fourth quarter this year, sealed the win with a 14-play, 94-yard drive in the fourth quarter. It was capped by Trent Richardson's 3-yard touchdown run with 3:27 remaining, which extended Cleveland's lead to 20-10. Richardson finished with 72 yards on 20 carries.
Up-and-down day for Weeden: The rookie quarterback threw for a career-high 364 yards and hit Josh Gordon in stride for a 44-yard touchdown in the first quarter. But he was also picked off twice deep in Raiders territory (Oakland's 3- and 8-yard lines).
No longer perfect: Phil Dawson missed a 28-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter, when 6-foot-6 tackle Desmond Bryant deflected the kick. It ended Dawson’s franchise-record streak of 29 straight field goals.
What's next: The Browns head back home to play the Chiefs.