Sunday, December 27, 2009
Wrap-up: Browns 23, Raiders 9
By Bill Williamson
The Cleveland Browns apparently weren’t good enough to get the attention of the Oakland Raiders.
Oakland has beaten winning teams like Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Denver this season. But, still, the Raiders can’t get it together on a consistent basis.
Oakland was shut down by a lackluster Cleveland team Sunday. The Raiders were never really competitive in the game.
The loss means Oakland will not win two games in a row all season. The loss is frustrating for Oakland after its thrilling final-second win at Denver last week. Yet, the Raiders couldn’t build any momentum heading into Cleveland.
The loss drops Oakland to 5-10. That means if Oakland doesn’t beat Baltimore at home next week, it will lose at least 11 games for seven seasons in a row. Oakland is currently the only team in league history to lose 11 games in six straight seasons.
There were several alarming developments for Oakland in the loss to Cleveland. The Raiders played without composure all game. They had 13 penalties for 126 yards. Cornerback Stanford Routt and tight end Tony Stewart were ejected from the game.
Quarterback Charlie Frye tossed for 333 yards. But he threw three interceptions. If Bruce Gradkowski can return from two knee injuries that has kept him out of the past two games, he will play against the Ravens.
The Raiders could use Gradkowski’s spirit as they try to end another disappointing season on a high note.