The Cleveland Browns look to avoid losing to a winless team for a second straight week when they host the hapless Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Vying for its third consecutive victory, Cleveland fell flat in Week 7 as it suffered a 24-6 defeat against a Jacksonville team that had lost its first six games of the season. The Browns actually owned a 6-0 lead until the final minute of the first half but were kept under 21 points for the first time in 2014.
Cleveland is hoping history doesn't repeat itself against the Raiders, who also have dropped their first six contests for their worst start in 52 years. Oakland is coming off its 12th straight loss dating to last season, a 24-13 setback versus visiting Arizona last Sunday. It marked the fifth time in six games this campaign the Raiders were held to 14 points or fewer.
TV: 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Browns -7. O/U: 43.
ABOUT THE RAIDERS (0-6): As expected with a winless team, Oakland is last in the league in many categories, including points (92), yards per game (282.7), first downs (94) and time of possession (25:01). The Raiders also are the worst rushing team in the NFL, averaging a mere 69.3 yards. Darren McFadden has gained 279 yards on 73 carries while offseason acquisition Maurice Jones-Drew has rushed only 18 times for 48 yards in four games. Rookie quarterback Derek Carr, who ranks 29th with an 80.9 passer rating, owns the team's longest run of the year - a 41-yard gain.
ABOUT THE BROWNS (3-3): Cleveland's leading rusher, Ben Tate, has gained the exact same amount of yards as McFadden, but the club also has two other running backs with more than 240 yards - rookies Isaiah Crowell (255) and Terrance West (243). Linebacker Karlos Dansby is the only player in the league with at least 20 sacks (24) and 12 interceptions since 2007. Facing Oakland's anemic running attack may be just what the Browns need as they are last in the NFL in rushing defense (155.5 yards). Brian Hoyer's worst performance of the season (16-of-41, 215 yards) has raised speculation that the Johnny Manziel era may not be far away, as coach Mike Pettine admitted he briefly considered turning to the rookie during the loss to Jacksonville.
1. Oakland began the 1962 season - during which it was a member of the AFL - with 13 consecutive losses before winning its finale against the Boston Patriots.
2. The Raiders (92) are the only team yet to reach the 100-point mark this season.
3. Cleveland has won five of its last seven meetings with Oakland and eight of the last 11.
PREDICTION: Browns 27, Raiders 17
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Key Players to Watch
- LegQues Sun | questionable
Seals-Jones has missed the previous three games due to a right leg injury, and it is undetermined if he will return Sunday versus the Patriots.
- GroinQues Sun | questionable
Ward left the last game after aggravating a groin injury, and it is undermined if he will play Sunday versus the Cowboys.
- ShoulderQues Sun | questionable
Williams has missed the past three games due to a shoulder injury, and it is unclear if he will return Sunday against the Cowboys.
- KneeI-R | I-R
Natson is on the injured reserve list due to a torn ACL in his knee.
- KneeQues Sun | questionable
Phillips has sat out the last two games due to a knee injury, and it is unknown if he will draw back into the lineup against the Cowboys on Sunday.
- GroinProb Sun | probable
Hunt is dealing with a groin injury, but it is anticipated that he will take the field against the Cowboys on Sunday.
- AbdominalQues Sun | questionable
Veronon has been held out of the previous two games with an abdominal injury, and it is uncertain if he will return to the fold Sunday versus the Cowboys.
- ElbowQues Sun | questionable
Davis exited previous game due to an elbow injury, and it remains to be seen if he will take the field Sunday versus the Cowboys.
Las Vegas Raiders
- KneeDoub Sun | doubtful
Ruggs III was absent from the lineup during the last game due with injuries to his left knee and hamstring. It is unlikely that he will participate in Sunday's matchup versus the Bills.
- HamstringQues Sun | questionable
Gafford left the previous game due to a hamstring injury, and his status for Sunday's contest versus the Bills is in question.
- FootQues Sun | questionable
Ross was lifted from the previous game with a foot injury, and it has yet to be established if he will play against the Bills on Sunday.
- PectoralQues Sun | questionable
Kwiatkoski has sat out the previous two games with a pectoral injury, it is unknown if he will return against the Bills on Sunday.
- GroinQues Sun | questionable
Young has missed the past two games due to a groin injury, and it is unclear if he will line up Sunday against the Bills.
- ThumbEarly Nov | out
Arnette is sidelined with a fractured right thumb and is facing a six to eight-week absence.
- AnkleOut Sun | out
Edwards departed the last game due to a right ankle sprain, and he will not take the field Sunday against the Bills.
- CalfQues Sun | questionable
Brown has been held out of the last two games with a calf injury, and it is uncertain if he will draw back into the lineup Sunday versus the Bills.