CLEVELAND -- The Oakland Raiders played their first complete game of the season.
The offense was timely and dangerous in a 27-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Sunday. Quarterback Derek Carr, running back Latavius Murray and Amari Cooper all had big games as Oakland totaled 471 yards of offense.
If Carr can throw for more than 300 yards and Murray and Cooper can account for more than 100 yards on a regular basis, the Raiders will be in business.
The Raiders' defense also had its best game of the young season. The game was sealed when safety Charles Woodson intercepted a pass with Cleveland threatening to tie the game in the final seconds.
Oakland broke an 11-game road losing streak and won in the Eastern time zone for the first time in six years.
What it means: This was a monumental victory for these building Raiders, who are 2-1. It is the first time since 2011 that Oakland has a winning record. Also, this was Oakland’s first road victory since 2013, snapping an 11-game road losing streak. If the Raiders are to make strides, they must win away from home. This is a big step to start the Jack Del Rio era on the road.
Big breaks on punts: The Raiders caught a break and took advantage of it. Oakland was punting deep in its own territory, with its offense stalled after a taking a 3-0 lead. Several Cleveland players busted through Oakland’s line and nearly blocked the punt. Instead, they ran into punter Marquette King, giving Oakland new life. The Raiders responded by going on a 10-play, 80-yard drive, scoring their first touchdown to take a 10-0 lead and taking control of the game in the second quarter. Then, with about four minutes left, Cleveland muffed a punt near midfield when it had a chance to tie the game with a touchdown.
One reason to get excited: The defense played much better; it had five sacks and was strong overall. Yes, the Browns’ offense is pitiful, so it might be too soon to think the Raiders' defensive woes are behind them. But it’s a step in the right direction.
One reason to panic: The Raiders have been ripped apart by opposing tight ends in all three games.
Fantasy watch: Oakland receiver rookie Amari Cooper had 103 yards receiving on five catches in the first half. Cooper has had back-to-back 100-yard games in his second and third NFL games. The last Raider to have back-to-back 100-yard receiving games was Randy Moss, 10 years ago.
Ouch: Defensive tackle C.J. Wilson left the game in the third quarter with a calf injury. He did not return. He was playing because starter Justin Ellis has missed the past two games with an ankle injury.