The Cleveland Browns are tied for first in the AFC North. The perennial doormat of the division dominated its intra-division, intra-state rivalry with the Cincinnati Bengals last night, scoring first and never trailing en route to a 24-3 victory.
The last time the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted a rookie who made an immediate impact and started opening day was Kendrell Bell in 2001, but first-round draft pick Ryan Shazier has all the skills of an NFL starter and the backing of defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.
Running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson finally returned to practice after missing three games with high ankle sprains. They won’t see teammate Rolando McClain who has been suspended without pay for two games for conduct detrimental to the team. The Browns have various injuries but their key players should all be active this Sunday.
The Oakland Raiders take on the 3-8 Cleveland Browns this Sunday. While it is a home game at the Coliseum, the contest is not sold out so the lack of a crowd favors Cleveland. Rainy weather is also expected and that also favors the Browns.
The Oakland Raiders have now lost four straight after they got embarrassed Sunday by the Bengals, 34-10. It was just ugly and there’s no way to sugarcoat how poorly the team is playing during this stretch. Frustrations boiled over with a bench-clearing brawl in the fourth quarter.
It’s a much anticipated game Sunday between the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders. It’s the first time for Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer to face his former team, and it’s the same for Cincinnati assistant coach Hue Jackson vs. the Raiders. Oakland has lost all three of its East Coast time zone games. The Raiders are just 5-25 in East Coast games since 2003.
Oakland’s 55-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens was the second straight loss for the Raiders but this game is arguably the low point of the season. Oakland was simply embarrassed by the superior Ravens and look directionless on the field.
Without running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson, the Raiders offense will be pass heavy. Also without Richard Seymour and Shawntae Spencer, the Raiders are limited on defense. Will the healthy players be able to fill their big shoes?
The Baltimore Ravens are 4-0 at home and in second place in the AFC North. The Oakland Raiders are looking for only their second road win of the season but quarterback Carson Palmer is 9-4 in his career vs. the Ravens.