Oakland’s Mistakes Too Much to Overcome in 23-9 Loss in Cleveland

A 61-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski aside, the Raiders were full of mistakes and anger on Sunday in Cleveland as the team got behind early and never caught up in losing 23-9 to the suddenly hot Browns. The Raiders dropped to 5-10 with the loss and failed to win back-to-back games for the fifth time this season and to reach six wins in a season for the first time since the 2002 season.

The game was full of mistakes, mostly on the Raiders side. QB Charlie Frye threw for 333 yards, but also threw three picks, including one on the teams second play of the game. That was turned into a Jerome Harrison 17-yard touchdown run by the Browns that put them ahead for good.

The team also put up way too many penalties. They committed 13 fouls for 26 yards and had two players — cornerback Stanford Routt and tight end Tony Stewart — ejected for flagrant fouls. It came in the second quarter as the team could have gotten back into the game, but instead allowed a late TD to fall behind 17-3.

The drive came after the Raiders had cut their deficit to 10-6, but then they allowed a Browns drive that went 93 yards in the final 1 minute, 46 seconds of the first half. They did get the Janikowski 61-yard bomb to cut the lead to 8 on the final play of the half, but that’s the closest they would get.

Cleveland scored on two Phil Dawson field goals in the second half, and Frye threw a killing pick at the Browns 5-yard line as they tried to rally late. The loss put the team at 5-10 on the season. They will close out the year at home next week against the 8-7 Baltimore Ravens.

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