The Oakland Raiders host the Cleveland Browns at the Black Hole this Sunday afternoon.
With aspirations of making the playoffs all but gone for the Silver and Black, the Raiders look to simply put a halt to this four-game losing streak that has basically ended their season somewhat prematurely.
Oakland looks to get a much needed boost on offense with the return of running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson. With these two back in the lineup, the Raiders may actually be able to establish some balance on offense early on in Sunday’s contest. The Raiders should be able to dominate the time of possession battle against a low level Browns defense, even in a Greg Knapp coached offense.
Defensively, Oakland needs to shake off this defensive rut their in. They have allowed 169 points during their four-game losing streak, the second most in a four-game stretch since the merger in 1970.
The Raiders will be without defensive tackle, Richard Seymour for a fourth straight game (possibly the main reason the defense has taken such a nose-dive in the last four games), and linebacker Rolando McClain (who is serving the first of a two-game self-imposed suspension by the Raiders). Oakland’s D faces a tough task today going up against Browns’ running back Trent Richardson (755 rushing yards).
Head coach Dennis Allen, and defensive coordinator Jason Tarver must instill a since of pride in this defense to stop the internal bleeding.
Will the return of RUN-DMC on offense, and a hopefully focused and intense performance from the defense put an end to this four-game losing streak? As the Silver and Black prepare to strap-up for yet another battle, Raider Nation hopes that they’re able to put them in a good mood come Sunday evening.
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Written by Arthur Kai