Raiders beat Browns as weather plays havoc
Published 7:14 pm Sunday, November 1, 2020
CLEVELAND (AP) — The whipping winds, snowy mix and winter-like weather didn’t stop the Las Vegas Raiders. The Browns didn’t offer much resistance either.
Derek Carr threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow early in the fourth quarter, Daniel Carlson kicked three field goals in nasty conditions along Lake Erie and the Raiders controlled the clock to beat the Cleveland 16-6 Sunday.
“This week we made a big deal about the weather,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said.
“We knew the weather was going to be really harsh. We kept talking about how we struggled playing on the road last year in bad weather against the Jets and the Chiefs.
“We kind of enjoyed it. I think our guys look forward to the challenge of the weather more than anything.”
Carr’s strike to Renfrow with 14:53 to go was the game’s only TD and helped the Raiders (4-3) bounce back after they fell apart late in last week’s 45-20 loss to Tampa Bay.
The Browns (5-3) may have suffered a bigger loss as NFL sacks leader Myles Garrett injured his knee in the first quarter. He’ll undergo an MRI on Monday.
“It’s part of the game,” Garrett said. “I took a shot on one of the first plays. After that, it was tough.”
Using running back Josh Jacobs and a short passing game, Carr controlled the clock in the second half and kept the ball away from the Browns (5-3).
On the Raiders’ first two drives after halftime, the first leading to their go-ahead TD and the other to Carlson’s 24-yard field goal with 4:24 left, they ate up 17:41.
Oakland had the ball for 37:43 to 22:17 for Cleveland.
Jacobs finished with a career-high 128 yards — 80 in the second half — on 31 carries. Last week, he had just 17 yards on 10 attempts.
The Raiders had allowed 10-plus points in an NFL-record 116 straight games.
Baker Mayfield couldn’t get anything going with Cleveland’s offense, which was without star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who suffered a season-ending knee injury last week. Mayfield, who completed 21 passes in a row in the win over Cincinnati a week ago, went 12 of 25 for 122 yards.
Mayfield’s last throw toward Jarvis Landry in the end zone was incomplete with 1:58 left, and Cody Parkey missed a 37-yard field goal to end Cleveland’s chances.
Parkey did make kicks of 41 and 38 yards.
The weather was brutal.
The wind, measured from the west at 35 mph at kickoff, made it difficult for both quarterbacks to throw; affected every punt and kick; and forced the 12,000 fans to bundle up as it felt more like a game in late December — or in Cleveland, early May.
Carr did an excellent job managing the clock in the final minute of the first half to set up Carlson’s 33-yard field goal as time expired to put the Raiders up 6-3.
The Raiders appeared to take the lead earlier in the second quarter when Carr connected with Henry Ruggs III in the back right corner of the end zone from 11 yards.
However, Ruggs was ruled out of bounds and the call was upheld — it was difficult to tell if his second foot was in — following a video review and Raiders challenge.
Las Vegas settled for Carlson’s 29-yard field goal to tie it 3-3.
Earlier, Carlson had a 41-yard attempt at the opposite end of the field blown sideways and the ball clanged off the left upright.
Cleveland’s only scoring in the first half came on Parkey’s 41-yard field, a kick that danced like a knuckleball in the wind before curving inside the uprights.
Garrett was limited by an ankle injury that kept him out of practice this week, and now he’s dealing with a knee issue.
At one point, Garrett was evaluated in the medical tent but came back. He was kept out on several plays, and lacked his usual explosiveness off the line.
“We haven’t made excuses and we’re not going to start now. It’s a next-man-up league,” Garrett said. “They took advantage of some of the guys we were without. They had a game plan and they executed it.”
Raiders: Defensive tackle Maurice Hurst was carted off in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. …Safety Jeff Heath’s day ended in the first half with a hip injury. … Right tackle Trent Brown, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, was inactive after he woke up not feeling well. The team said his illness was not related to coronavirus.
Browns: DT Vincent Taylor left in the fourth quarter to be checked for a concussion.
Raiders: visit the Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 8.
Browns: on their bye week before hosting the Houston Texans on Nov. 15.