For the second game in a row, the Browns will face a team in mourning.
When the Tennessee Titans arrived in Cleveland, it was just days after former offensive coordinator, Mike Heimerdinger. Fueled by emotion and wanting to honor Heimerdinger’s memory with a ‘W’, the Titans thumped the Browns, 31-13, sending Cleveland to their bye week with an abrupt end to their two-game winning streak.
Coming off the bye, the Browns will travel to Oakland to take on a Raiders team that’s mourning the loss of their long-time owner, Al Davis. The controversial team owner also served as the team’s head coach and general manager in his early years, and also spent time as the AFL’s commissioner. Davis was 82.
Just a day after his death. the Raiders traveled to Houston to take on an emerging Texans team. After an early deficit, the Raiders made a comeback against the Texans. When Michael Huff picked-off a Matt Schaub pass in the end-zone with just seconds remaining in the game, the comeback was complete, 25-20. An emotional group of Raiders celebrated the victory after the game, thrilled they were able to win the game in memory for their long-time owner.
With the Raiders returning home to Oakland just one week after Davis’ death, the Browns are sure to see a packed-full stadium filled with those of Raider Nation, looking too inspire and motivate their team for a home victory in Davis’ memory.
It’s sure to be a tough game for the Browns, who seem to have suddenly lost their identity. The game will be further complicated by all the drama surrounding the Peyton Hillis contract situation, which is quite possibly the last thing the Browns need to worry about. Also, with Joe Haden and Alex Mack’s status in question for Sunday’s game, the Browns will have their hands full trying to knock-off the Raiders.
Look for more information about the Raiders, Browns game throughout the week!