The Oakland Raiders lost to the Cleveland Browns, 20-17, on Sunday at O.Co Coliseum, Oakland's fifth straight defeat. After the loss, Raiders fans are understandably upset with their team.
Levi Damien of Silver & Black Pride, SB Nation's Raiders blog, says Oakland was once again beaten up. In addition to poor play, the Raiders defense suffered some key losses:
The Raiders defense was playing terribly to begin with and then lost three defensive backs to concussions-Matt Giordano, Mike Mitchell, and Phillip Adams. Dennis Allen also benched Ron Bartell at halftime after he was burned for big catches a couple times, including the big 44-yard touchdown by Josh Gordon.
The weak secondary aided Brandon Weeden put up a career high 364 yards passing.
Poor defensive play from the Oakland defense allowed the Browns to have one of their best offensive days of the season. Cleveland compiled 475 yards and 23 first downs and held the ball for 32:30. After a scoreless first quarter, the Browns took the lead just over two minutes into the second and never relinquished it.
With 429 yards and 25 first downs, Oakland's offense put up nice numbers, too. But despite an impressive line for quarterback Carson Palmer, a big mistake rendered his stats meaningless:
Carson Palmer also had big numbers, throwing for 351 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. But only because he put the ball in the air 54 times. Also, that interception was a back breaker rendering most everything else pretty much pointless.