3 Questions Raiders vs Browns

Derek over at www.BrownsGab.com  asked me for my thoughts on this weeks Browns vs Raiders game for a little inter-play between the GAB sites.. I answered his 3 questions.  Great idea Derek!!

Who worries us the most?   “Being a Raider-Fan living in Cleveland, I get to see the Browns games week to week.  My first thought and the most obvious answer to who worries us the most would have to be Peyton Hillis.  That being said, I think Oakland also has to worry about QB Colt McCoy.  This kid can play and seems to do the most damage when he is flushed from the pocket and on the run.  A scrambling McCoy is the one who can probably inflict the most damage to the Raiders this Sunday..

Who needs to step us for Oakland?  – After Jason Campbell’s poor play in last weeks win over Houston, he would be my answer.  Campbell made a number of mistakes and almost cost the Raiders the game.  Sure in the end, his numbers were OK, but the mistakes were costly.. He needs to remain focused and stay sharp this week, or the Black Hole could be in for a let down.. DHB will need to continue to use his speed and talent to burn the ailing Cleveland defensive backfield.   Also, the Raiders secondary needs to improve. They rank 29th in the league and are allowing almost 300 yards per game in the air.   McCoy could burn us with some big plays, so they will need to play heads up football this week against Cleveland.

Keys to Oakland victory – Obviously the fans are gonna be pumped up.  Third sell-out in a row and the rest of the NFL is starting to notice that the Raiders are playing good ball.  The keys to victory for Oakland are:  patience – the Raiders need to play heads up football.  They are getting killed with penalties.  Smart football.  They need to settle down and let the game-plan work for them.  Offense:  let Run DMC do what he does best.  Oakland needs to dominate the line of scrimmage and watch DMC fly.  Jason Campbell will not be passing against the Browns best   Haden, and the other Browns are not as speedy as Oakland’s receivers.  Campbell needs to throw the ball downfield.  If he does that, it is gonna be a long day for the Cleveland Browns.  Defense:  Brown center Alex Mack may not be playing as well.  That means the Cleveland offense will have to deal with an angry Richard Seymour.  Oakland D need to attack attack attack and play good coverage.  Hillis will get his yards, but if the Raiders D can keep McCoy under pressure, again, a long day for the Browns.  It is gonna be a brutal, violent, smash mouth football game.  The elderly, young children, and those with heart conditions probably shouldn’t watch this game.  ML predicts – Oakland 38 Browns 14.


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