The visiting winless Raiders scored their only TD in garbage time as the good guy Browns beat Oakland 23-13 on a bright, sunny afternoon on the shores of Lake Erie in FirstEnergy Stadium.
The victory comes off an embarrassing loss to the then-winless Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7. Finally, the Browns have a win over a team they should have beaten. The Raiders, too, had no wins coming into Week 8.
However, the win doesn’t quite tell us much about what kind of team the Browns are. The inability to run the ball remained a holdover from last week. The struggles to stop the run thankfully didn’t, with the Browns giving 71 rushing yards to Oakland. However, Raiders also didn’t run that often—just 22 times compared to 54 pass attempts by Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr.
Nonethless, the Bengals lead the AFC North with a 4-2-1 record, the Ratbirds and Squeelers (with their bumble bee outfits again) are tied at 5-3. The Browns are a 1/2 game behind at 4-3.
Witness the botched fake punt by Raider’s backup QB Matt Schaub:
Onto the hapless Tampa Bay Bucaneers, who did manage a last minute win against the Squeelers some weeks back.