Raider game plan vs. Cleveland

Published: Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 5C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 - 8:28 am

A look at today's Raiders game vs. Cleveland; including, game information, matchup to watch, three keys to the game and injury report.

RAIDERS GAME AT A GLANCE

Opponent: vs. Cleveland Browns

Time: 1:25 p.m.

Line: Browns by 2 1/2

Records: Raiders 3-8, Browns 3-8

TV/radio: Blacked out locally, 1140

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Browns RB Trent Richardson vs. Raiders defense

The Browns' offense starts with its rookie running back, who has averaged just more than 100 rushing yards over his past four games. He leads the Browns in rushing yards, carries and receptions, and if the Raiders can contain him, the onus will fall on rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden to beat them. Of course, the Raiders haven't been able to contain anyone lately, allowing an average of 42.3 points in four November losses. Richardson reportedly said last week he was excited to play against linebacker Rolando McClain, whom he looked up to at Alabama, but that won't happen because McClain has been suspended for two games.

THREE KEYS TO GAME

• The Raiders must show urgency from the opening kickoff. In their last three games, they have been outscored 38-0 in the first quarter. Getting points on their first drive could be a big boost.

• After registering one more sack last weekend (two) than in their previous three games combined, the Raiders must pressure Weeden and force him to make bad decisions.

• With conditions expected to be miserable, the Raiders must protect the ball against a Browns defense that forced eight turnovers in a win over Pittsburgh last weekend.

INJURY REPORT

RAIDERS

• Out: DE Jack Crawford (toe), LB Rolando McClain (suspension), DT Richard Seymour (knee/hamstring)

Questionable: RB Mike Goodson (ankle), RB Darren McFadden (ankle)

Probable: S Tyvon Branch (neck), RB Taiwan Jones (ankle), QB Carson Palmer (right thumb), FB Marcel Reece (hamstring/quadriceps)

BROWNS

• Out: DB Dimitri Patterson (ankle), DB Raymond Ventrone (calf), DB Usama Young (head)

Questionable: WR Josh Cribbs (shoulder/chest), WR Eric Hagg (illness)

Probable: DB Johnson Bademosi (hip/shin), TE Jordan Cameron (groin), OL Shawn Lauvao (arm), RB Trent Richardson (chest/rib/finger), DL Frostee Rucker (shoulder/finger), TE Alex Smith (chest/ribs), DB T.J. Ward (knee), QB Brandon Weeden (head)

– Bee Sports staff

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