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Game day blog: Browns at Raiders (Week 6)

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 16, 2011

Final score: Raiders 24, Browns 17 (box score; game story; notebook; Marla Ridenour column)

The Browns rallied late, but they couldn't overcome their miscues. They allowed two special teams touchdowns -- Jacoby Ford's 101-yard kickoff return and holder Shane Lechler's 35-yard pass to tight end Kevin Boss off a fake field goal. The Raiders repeatedly pressured quarterback Colt McCoy and held on to keep the Browns from completing a comeback attempt. The Raiders also did enough on offense to capture victory, even though starting quarterback Jason Campbell suffered a broken collarbone late in the first half. Campbell, who was replaced by Kyle Boller, is out for the season, NFL Network reported.

The Browns also lost the services of a key player because of injury during the game. Running back Peyton Hillis said he pulled his left hamstring with about 5:30 left in the first quarter when strong safety Tyvon Branch pushed him out of bounds at the end of a 6-yard run. Hillis played through the injury for a while. He sat out for most of the second half, but he was on the field for a couple of plays in the fourth quarter. He finished with six carries for 14 yards. Hillis will undergo an MRI on Monday. He said he hopes to play Sunday when the Browns host the Seattle Seahawks, even if he’s not 100 percent.

The Browns, though, didn't lose to the Raiders because of Hillis was hurt. They lost because they gave up big plays for their second consecutive game. The defense allowed big plays in the Browns' 31-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans. This time, it was the special teams.

Even though they were coming off a bye, the Browns were far from sharp in all phases of the game. They are now 2-3, and their only victories this season were against opponents with a combined record of 0-10.

Game action

End 1Q: Raiders 7, Browns 0 -- The Browns’ offense went three-and-out during the game’s opening series. Quarterback Colt McCoy couldn’t connect with wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi on second down. Then Raiders free safety Matt Giordano went unblocked on a blitz and sacked McCoy for a loss of 10 yards, forcing the Browns to punt. The Raiders started the ensuing drive at their own 12 and marched 88 yards in 15 plays, taking control with running back Darren McFadden’s 4-yard touchdown run. McFadden had seven carries for 50 yards, including a 24-yard run on the first play, during the Raiders’ opening possession. Sebastian Janikowski’s successful extra-point kick gave the Raiders a 7-0 advantage with 5:43 left in the first quarter. Late in the first quarter, Browns free safety Mike Adams recovered a fumble by Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell. The Browns gained possession at their own 43 after the turnover.

End 2Q: Raiders 14, Browns 7 -- McCoy and the rest of the offense capitalized. He completed passes of 11 yards to tight end Evan Moore, 23 yards to wide receiver Josh Cribbs and 15 yards to rookie wide receiver Greg Little, who would have scored a touchdown if he hadn’t slipped at the Raiders' 1. McCoy completed the drive by faking a handoff and connecting with tight end Alex Smith for a 1-yard touchdown pass, helping the Browns tie the score 7-7 with 12:07 left in the second quarter. But the Browns failed to hold onto the momentum for more than a few moments. Jacoby Ford returned the ensuing kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown. Browns kicker Phil Dawson dived as he tried to push Ford out of bounds near midfield, but Ford successfully tiptoed down the sideline in front of the Raiders’ bench. The touchdown stood after officials reviewed the play, and the Raiders took a 14-7 lead with 11:53 left in the first half. Campbell left the game late in the second quarter after he appeared to injure his right shoulder. Strongside linebacker Scott Fujita landed on Campbell as he fell to the ground after a run up the middle. Kyle Boller replaced Campbell. Following the substitution, the Raiders had two drive stalls before halftime.

End 3Q: Raiders 24, Browns 7: Browns running back Peyton Hillis sat out the third quarter with a hamstring injury. His return is questionable. The Raiders extended their lead to 17-7 when kicker Sebastian Janikowski capped a seven-play, 35-yard drive with a 48-yard field goal. During their next possession, the Raiders caught the Browns off guard with a fake 53-yard field-goal attempt. Holder Shane Lechler connected with tight end Kevin Boss for a 36-yard touchdown pass. Boss was wide open and ran into the end zone despite weakside linebacker Chris Gocong chasing him down and tripping him at the goal line. The Raiders' touchdown off their fake field helped them take a 24-7 lead with 1:23 left in the third quarter.

End 4Q: Raiders 24, Browns 17: The Browns trimmed their deficit to 24-10 when Dawson made a 47-yard field goal with 12:24 left in the fourth quarter. They later cut the Raiders’ lead to 24-17 with 1:06 remaining in the fourth quarter when McCoy connected with wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Browns rookie James Dockery recovered the ensuing onside kick, but McCoy and the rest of the Browns' offense the end. McCoy threw three consecutive incomplete passes as the Browns' final drive stalled.

Pregame notes

Top storylines -- 1. The Browns will have the services of one of their two wounded standouts today. Center Alex Mack is active and expected to start after having an appendectomy on Oct. 3. However, cornerback Joe Haden is out with a sprained left knee he suffered on Oct. 2 in a 31-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Cornerback Dimitri Patterson will start in Haden's spot. Mack practiced Friday, but Haden was sidelined all week. 2. The Raiders will play at Coliseum for the first time since longtime owner Al Davis died at age 82 on Oct. 8. The day after Davis’ death, the Raiders earned an emotional win on the road against the Houston Texans. Will the Raiders be able to rally behind their home crowd and avoid a letdown against the Browns? 3. The Browns are coming off their Week 5 bye. They have won three of their past four games after a bye. Will coach Pat Shurmur and his assistants capitalize on the extra time they had to formulate a game plan? 4. The feature backs for each team are old college teammates. Browns running back Peyton Hillis and Raiders running back Darren McFadden played together at the University of Arkansas. Hillis has 54 carries for 197 yards (3.6 average) and two touchdowns this season. McFadden leads the NFL in rushing with 91 carries for 519 yards (5.7 average) and three touchdowns. 5. Other Browns-Raiders connections: Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley will reunite with the Browns, who drafted him 13th overall in 2006. Wimbley spent four seasons with the Browns before he was traded March 14, 2010, for a third-round pick they eventually used to select quarterback Colt McCoy. ... Browns defensive line coach Dwaine Board held the same position with the Raiders in 2009. ... Browns wide receivers coach Mike Wilson had the same job with the Raiders from 1995-96. ... Browns kicker Phil Dawson was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Raiders in 1998. ... Raiders defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan served as the Browns’ linebackers/quality control coach from 1994-95. Ohio connections: cornerback Chimdi Chekwa and quarterback Terrelle Pryor played for Ohio State before landing with the Raiders. 6. Browns backup middle linebacker Titus Brown is active today for the first time since he suffered a high-ankle sprain on Aug. 25 in a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Brown is a key special-teams player when healthy.

Inactives: Browns -- Haden (knee), QB Thaddeus Lewis, WR Carlton Mitchell, SS Eric Hagg, OL Oniel Cousins, OL John Greco and TE Jordan Cameron. Raiders -- RB Rock Cartwright (calf), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), CB Chris Johnson (hamstring), FB Marcel Reece (ankle), G Bruce Campbell, DE Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder) and TE Richard Gordon (hand).

Lineup changes: Browns -- Dimitri Patterson will start at cornerback in place of Haden. Raiders -- Manase Tonga will start at fullback in place of Reece; Jarvis Moss will start at defensive end in place of Shaughnessy; DeMarcus Van Dyke will start at cornerback in place of Johnson.

Preview stories via 1. The Browns will reunite with former first-round pick Kamerion Wimbley. 2. Raiders standout defensive tackle Richard Seymour will line up across from Browns rookie left guard Jason Pinkston. 3. Nate Ulrich column: It's only Week 6, but there's plenty at stake for rookie head coaches Pat Shurmur and Hue Jackson. 4. Storylines. 5. Keys to the game. 6. Numbers to watch. 7. Injury report. 8. Predictions.


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