Browns End Road Woes With 20-17 Win In Oakland
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CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - The road losing streak started last season in Oakland and the Cleveland Browns ended it there Sunday.
Trent Richardson ran for 72 yards on 20 carries including a 3-yard touchdown with 3:31 to play to give the Browns a 20-17 win over the Oakland Raiders – their 4th in the last 7 games.
Richardson’s run capped a 14-play, 94 yard drive that ate up 6:04 off the clock to seal their first road victory in nearly 13 months.
Brandon Weeden threw for a career-high 364 yards, a touchdown and 2 interceptions while Josh Gordon caught passes for 116 yards and a score in the win for Cleveland.
The Browns started off moving the ball well on the ground but Weeden took to the air and it was costly.
Weeden was picked off by Raiders safety Matt Giordano near the goal line after overthrowing tight end Ben Watson for the second time of the drive. It marked Weeden’s 14th interception thrown this season.
Giordano sustained a head injury and did not return for the Raiders.
Phil Dawson gave the Browns the lead early in the 2nd quarter with a 41-yard field goal. It was his 28th straight made dating back to last season to set a new franchise record to surpass his previous record of 27 in a row.
After forcing the Raiders to go 3-and-out, Weeden found Gordon up the sideline for a 44-yard touchdown and a 10-0 lead with 10:25 to play in the first half.
Sebastian Janikowski cut the Browns lead to 10-3 with a 51-yard field goal.
Weeden blew a golden opportunity to extend the lead when he under threw Gordon. Raiders cornerback Phillip Adams come up with the pick – his 15th of the season.
But the Raiders didn’t turn it into points after Janikowski was wide right on a 61-yard attempt to end the first half.
Dawson countered with his 29th kick in a row – a 35-yarder to increase the Browns’ advantage back to 10 at 13-3 with 9:56 to play in the 3rd quarter.
Halfway through the 3rd quarter, the wheels started to come loose for the Browns.
Dawson’s 28-yard attempt from the muddy part of the field was deflected by Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant and sailed wide left to ends his consecutive kicks streak. The snap from long snapper Christian Yount was a tad high and awry but Reggie Hodges got the hold down in time for the kick.
Seconds later Palmer threw a 64-yard strike over Buster Skrine’s head to receiver Rod Streater to cut the Browns’ lead to 13-10.
Skrine was flagged for a personal foul/catch interference after another offensive series ended in a punt for Cleveland.
Sheldon Brown, who broke up 3 passes, thwarted the scoring threat when he picked off Palmer at the 6. Brown got inside Juron Criner to come away with his 3rd interception of the season and set up the 94-yard game sealing drive.
Palmer threw a 17-yard touchdown to tight end Brandon Meyers with 1 second left to provide the final score.