Raiders may be in for offensive showdown against Browns in Cleveland
Sitting at 3-3, Las Vegas is looking to halt the best start in Cleveland football since 1994.
Showers are expected on a 51 degree morning, when the Raiders travel to Cleveland to play the Browns, hoping to hand them their first home loss of the season.
Over the last four games, Vegas is 1-3.
The Raiders are coming off a 25-point loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while the Browns are coming off a narrow three-point win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Next week, Vegas travels to Los Angeles for its first matchup of the year with the Chargers while Cleveland will have its bye week.
It’s been a tale of two teams when it comes to the Browns of 2020.
In games that the team has lost, Cleveland is averaging 6.5 points per game. However in games that the team wins, the Browns are averaging over 37 points per game.
While both teams are separated by .1 of a point in points per game (LV: 28.5 to CLE: 28.6), both are giving up over 31.5 points per game.
The over/under for this game is set at 49.5.
The offense will look different with third-year starter Baker Mayfield under center.
All-pro wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL last week in Cincinnati.
In 2017, Beckham missed time after breaking his ankle while with the New York Giants.
Tight end Austin Hooper is also expected to be out of Sunday’s game.
For the Raiders, the team has upgraded rookie wide receiver Bryan Edwards to questionable after missing the last three games with an ankle injury.
Defensive end Arden Key is listed as doubtful for Vegas.
Safety Karl Joseph will be lining up against the Raiders for the first time since joining the Browns this offseason.
Vegas opted to decline Joseph’s fifth year option of his rookie contract, after he started 41 of the 49 games as a Raider.
This year’s Raider defense has a -5 turnover margin and is tied for last in the league with only three takeaways.
On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Derek Carr has completed 72 percent of his passes, throwing for 1,726 yards with 13 touchdowns and two interceptions.
The offense is looking for consistency after rushing for a season-low 76 yards last week after a week full of concerns of a coronavirus outbreak.
Las Vegas leads the all-time series against Cleveland, 13-10, winning the last two meetings between the teams.
The Raiders won 45-42 in 2018 and 27-20 in 2015.
Cleveland’s last win came in October of 2014.
Carr has gone 89-for-144, passing for 1,079 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions for a 95.2 rating against the Browns in his career.
He does have a 2-1 record against Cleveland in his seven-year career.