Las Vegas prevails in defensive struggle against Cleveland
With both teams averaging over 28 points per game and giving up over 31 points per game, not very many expected a defensive battle when Las Vegas and Cleveland.
The Raiders came away with a 16-6 win over the Browns in Cleveland, handing them their first home loss.
With the win, Vegas improves to 4-3 on the season with a road game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Nov. 8.
The Raiders will be looking to stay perfect in the AFC West, after handing Kansas City it’s only loss of the season so far.
Defense told the story for Las Vegas as it held Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield to just 122 yards passing, three more than his season-low this year.
With about four minutes left in regulation, he crossed the 100-yard mark.
Mayfield finished the game 12-for-25 and 122 yards, going without a touchdown pass for the first time in 2020.
Last week, he threw five on the road against divisional rival Cincinnati.
The vast majority of the game was controlled in one way or another by the Raider defense or offense.
By the conclusion of the game, Las Vegas held a 309-223 advantage in total yards.
Moreover, the Raiders won the time of possession battle 37:43 to 22:17 over the Browns, despite only having one more drive than Cleveland.
Heading into halftime, Vegas held a slim 6-3 lead over Cleveland.
With a chance to take the lead, Mayfield found success going to wide receiver Jarvis Landry.
The former LSU wideout made a sideline tip-toe catch during the drive before making a diving catch in the end zone to give the Browns the lead.
However, the touchdown was overturned after officials ruled the ball hit the ground and was ruled incomplete.
Cleveland settled for the field goal.
Landry had four catches for 52 yards on 11 targets.
The Browns will be without all-pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. the rest of the season after tearing his ACL.
The score remained 6-6 heading into the fourth quarter when Vegas quarterback Derek Carr found wide receiver Hunter Renfrow in the end zone for a diving catch touchdown similar to Landry’s.
Unlike Landry’s, Renfrow’s touchdown snag was upheld, giving the Raiders the first touchdown of the game with 14:53 left in regulation.
After starting the game with two drives ended by a missed field goal and a punt, Las Vegas turned in four consecutive drives that put points on the board.
Carr finished with 111 yards on 15-of-24 passing and one touchdown.
His 111-yard outing ranks as a season-low for him, while his one touchdown pass ties a season-low.
For the season, Carr has 14 touchdowns to just two interceptions.
However, one week after rushing for a season-low 76 yards as a team, the Raiders responded to the tune of 209 total team rushing yards this week.
Led by second-year running back Josh Jacobs’ 129 yards on 31 carries after being held to just 17 yards on 10 carries against Tampa Bay.
Yet for the fifth time in seven games Jacobs was held without a touchdown.