Opponent: at Cleveland
Time: 10 a.m.
Line: Browns by 3 1/2
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Records: Raiders 1-1, Browns 1-1
TV/Radio: Ch. 13 (Carter Blackburn, Chris Simms), 1140
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Johnny benched: Quarterback Johnny Manziel led the Browns to a 28-14 victory over Tennessee last weekend in his third NFL start, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Browns from going back to Josh McCown, who had sustained a concussion on the season’s opening drive. Cleveland’s coaching staff feels McCown, 36, who spent 2007 with Oakland, gives them the best chance to win, and with their jobs possibly on the line if this season doesn’t go well, who can blame them?
Searching for sacks: Moving Khalil Mack from linebacker to defensive end and adding sack specialist Aldon Smith was supposed to give the Raiders a fierce pass rush after a franchise-low 22 sacks last season. Instead, the Raiders have yet to bring down the opposing quarterback. It’s the first time since sacks became an official stat that the Raiders failed to record one in their first two games.
Slow Bowe: The Browns signed Dwayne Bowe as a free agent to be their No. 1 wide receiver, but he’s been ineffective. He sat out the season opener with a hamstring injury and then was targeted just once last week. Offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said Bowe is still slowed by the injury, and the team has to be mindful not to rush him along.
Super Cooper: It hasn’t taken Raiders rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper long to have an impact on Oakland’s offense. Cooper, the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft, had 109 receiving yards and a 68-yard touchdown catch last week. He’s averaging 13 yards on 12 catches.
No improvement: Cleveland spent the offseason trying to shore up the league’s worst rushing defense. It still has holes. The Browns are allowing 160 yards per game – No. 32 again – but coordinator Jim O’Neil sees progress amid the slovenly stats. “I do think that we’re doing things this year that we weren’t doing last year in the run game,” he said. “I know that the numbers don’t support that, but I see us going the right way with it.”
Out: DT Justin Ellis (ankle), DE Benson Mayowa (knee)
Questionable: FB Jamize Olawale (ankle)
Probable: DE Justin Tuck (knee), S Charles Woodson (shoulder)
Out: LB Scott Solomon (ankle), RB Robert Turbin (ankle), CB K’Waun Williams (concussion)
Questionable: DE Desmond Bryant (shoulder), CB Justin Gilbert (hamstring)
Probable: LB Barkevious Mingo (knee), QB Johnny Manziel (right elbow), QB Josh McCown (concussion), T Mitchell Schwartz (thumb)
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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