Browns lead after three quarters

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 2, 2012 – 11:43 pm

OAKLAND — The Cleveland Browns held a 13-10 lead over the Oakland Raiders after three quarters of play from the O.co Coliseum.

Carson Palmer’s 64-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Rod Streater cut the Browns’ lead over the Raiders to 13-10 with 17 seconds left in the third quarter.

On first-and-10 from the Raiders’ 36-yard line, Palmer pump-faked to his left before looking right and finding Streater behind the coverage of cornerback Buster Skrine for the catch. Streater then outraced the Browns’ defense for the final yards before the score.

The Raiders’ drive took four plays, covered 80 yards and came on the ensuing possession after Phil Dawson had a 28-yard field goal attempt partially deflected before it sailed wide left.

Dawson converted a 35-yard field goal on the Browns’ first possession of the second half. He extended the team’s lead over the Raiders to 13-3 with 9:51 remaining in the third quarter.

Dawson’s field goal, the 299th of his 14-year career, capped off a 10-play, 48-yard drive that took 5:07 off the third quarter clock.

The Browns took a 10-3 lead over the Raiders into the locker room at halftime of Sunday’s AFC game.

Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski converted a 51-yard field goal attempt and cut the Cleveland lead to 10-3 with 4:28 remaining in the first half.

Janikowski kicked 40th career field goal from at least 50 yards, which is tied for third on the NFL’s all-time list. He is now 16 for his last 19 from at least 40 yards, with his only misses being from 59, 64 and 65 yards, respectively.

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden and extended the team’s lead over the Raiders to 10-0 with 10:25 remaining in the second quarter.

One play after Weeden completed an 18-yard pass to second-year wide receiver Greg Little, the rookie quarterback found Gordon open on the left side of the field. Gordon got past the coverage of cornerback Ron Bartell and caught the ball in stride for the score.

The score was Gordon’s fifth touchdown of the season and his 10th reception of 20 or more yards. All of his touchdown receptions have been longer than 20 yards.

Earlier in the first half, Dawson converted a 41-yard field goal attempt and gave the team a 3-0 lead over the Raiders with 12:59 left to play in the second quarter. With the kick, Dawson broke his own team record for the most consecutive field goals made.

He has now converted 299 career field goal attempts and is the sixth-most accurate kicker in NFL history among those with a minimum of 100 makes (84.1 percent).

The Browns and Raiders played a scoreless first quarter.

The Browns registered two defensive stops in the first quarter and forced a pair of Shane Lechler punts. Oakland stopped the Browns’ first drive when Matt Giordano intercepted Weeden on a second-and-10 pass attempt from the Raiders’ 33-yard line.

Weeden’s pass was intended for tight end Benjamin Watson on a seam route down the middle of the field.


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Palmer finds Streater for TD

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 2, 2012 – 11:39 pm

OAKLAND — Carson Palmer’s 64-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Rod Streater cut the Cleveland Browns’ lead over the Oakland Raiders to 13-10 with 17 seconds remaining in the third quarter of play from the O.co Coliseum.

On first-and-10 from the Raiders’ 36-yard line, Palmer pump-faked to his left before looking right and finding Streater behind the coverage of cornerback Buster Skrine for the catch. Streater then outraced the Browns’ defense for the final yards before the score.

The Raiders’ drive took four plays, covered 80 yards and came on the ensuing possession after Phil Dawson had a 28-yard field goal attempt partially deflected before it sailed wide left.


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Dawson good from 35

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 2, 2012 – 11:12 pm

OAKLAND — Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson converted a 35-yard field goal on the Browns’ first possession of the second half and extended the team’s lead over the Oakland Raiders to 13-3 with 9:51 remaining in the third quarter of play from the O.co Coliseum.

Dawson’s field goal, the 299th of his 14-year career, capped off a 10-play, 48-yard drive that took 5:07 off the third quarter clock.


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First-half thoughts from Browns-Raiders

Posted by Vic Carucci on December 2, 2012 – 10:48 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

OAKLAND – Here are some thoughts on the first half of the Browns’ game against the Raiders at O.co Coliseum Stadium:

What I liked…

>>The Browns taking control defensively and putting a figurative blanket on Carson Palmer and the Raiders’ offense from the start. Cannot let a team that has lost three in a row by lopsided scores get any sense of confidence.

>>The Browns moving the ball well through the air. The run has been setting up the pass nicely for the Browns. Trent Richardson has been a workhorse, setting a physical tone for the Browns.

>>The mostly tight coverage by the Browns’ secondary, especially cornerback Sheldon Brown. The Browns’ defensive backs are showing good ball awareness.

>>Brandon Weeden’s perfect throw to Josh Gordon for a 44-yard touchdown pass.

>>Montario Hardesty making an explosive run, once again, when he had the opportunity. Hardesty ripped off a 19-yard gain on his only carry so far.

>>The Browns not allowing the Raiders to get close enough on their final drive of the half for a Sebastian Janikowski field goal. As it was, his 61-yard attempt wasn’t that far off. The guy put a kickoff through the uprights, which would have given him a 70-yard field goal.

What I didn’t like …

>>Two interceptions thrown by Weeden that killed two scoring opportunities. He seemed to make a hasty decision on the first throw and the second was severely underthrown. The second could have easily been a touchdown.

>>The Browns having to settle for a field goal for their first score. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Phil Dawson is money, but this team needs touchdowns rather than relying so much on field goals.

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Browns lead at halftime

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 2, 2012 – 10:47 pm

OAKLAND — The Cleveland Browns took a 10-3 lead over the Oakland Raiders into the locker room at halftime of Sunday’s AFC game from the O.co Coliseum.

Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski converted a 51-yard field goal attempt and cut the Cleveland lead to 10-3 with 4:28 remaining in the first half.

Janikowski kicked 40th career field goal from at least 50 yards, which is tied for third on the NFL’s all-time list. He is now 16 for his last 19 from at least 40 yards, with his only misses being from 59, 64 and 65 yards, respectively.

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden and extended the team’s lead over the Raiders to 10-0 with 10:25 remaining in the second quarter.

One play after Weeden completed an 18-yard pass to second-year wide receiver Greg Little, the rookie quarterback found Gordon open on the left side of the field. Gordon got past the coverage of cornerback Ron Bartell and caught the ball in stride for the score.

The score was Gordon’s fifth touchdown of the season and his 10th reception of 20 or more yards. All of his touchdown receptions have been longer than 20 yards.

Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson converted a 41-yard field goal attempt and gave the team a 3-0 lead over the Raiders with 12:59 left to play in the second quarter.

With the kick, Dawson broke his own team record for the most consecutive field goals made. He has converted 28 straight field goals, dating back to the end of the 2011 regular season. Dawson’s previous career best streak came over the 2003-04 seasons.

He has now converted 298 career field goal attempts and is the sixth-most accurate kicker in NFL history among those with a minimum of 100 makes (84.1 percent).

The Browns and Raiders played a scoreless first quarter.

The Browns registered two defensive stops in the first quarter and forced a pair of Shane Lechler punts. Oakland stopped the Browns’ first drive when Matt Giordano intercepted Brandon Weeden on a second-and-10 pass attempt from the Raiders’ 33-yard line.

Weeden’s pass was intended for tight end Benjamin Watson on a seam route down the middle of the field.


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Janikowski good from 51

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 2, 2012 – 10:27 pm

OAKLAND — Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski converted a 51-yard field goal attempt and cut the Cleveland lead to 10-3 with 4:28 remaining in the first half of play from the O.co Coliseum.

Janikowski kicked 40th career field goal from at least 50 yards, which is tied for third on the NFL’s all-time list. He is now 16 for his last 19 from at least 40 yards, with his only misses being from 59, 64 and 65 yards, respectively.


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Gordon extends Browns’ lead

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 2, 2012 – 10:11 pm

OAKLAND — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden and extended the team’s lead over the Oakland Raiders to 10-0 with 10:25 remaining in the second quarter of play from the O.co Coliseum.

One play after Weeden completed an 18-yard pass to second-year wide receiver Greg Little, the rookie quarterback found Gordon open on the left side of the field. Gordon got past the coverage of cornerback Ron Bartell and caught the ball in stride for the score.

The score was Gordon’s fifth touchdown of the season and his 10th reception of 20 or more yards. All of his touchdown receptions have been longer than 20 yards.


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Dawson hits from 41

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 2, 2012 – 10:00 pm

OAKLAND — Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson converted a 41-yard field goal attempt and gave the team a 3-0 lead over the Oakland Raiders with 12:59 remaining in the second quarter of play from the O.co Coliseum.

With the kick, Dawson broke his own team record for the most consecutive field goals made. He has converted 28 straight field goals, dating back to the end of the 2011 regular season. Dawson’s previous career best streak came over the 2003-04 seasons.

He has now converted 298 career field goal attempts and is the sixth-most accurate kicker in NFL history among those with a minimum of 100 makes (84.1 percent).


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Browns, Raiders play scoreless first

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 2, 2012 – 9:53 pm

OAKLAND — The Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders played a scoreless first quarter at the O.co Coliseum.

The Browns registered two defensive stops in the first quarter and forced a pair of Shane Lechler punts. Oakland stopped the Browns’ first drive when Matt Giordano intercepted Brandon Weeden on a second-and-10 pass attempt from the Raiders’ 33-yard line.

Weeden’s pass was intended for tight end Benjamin Watson on a seam route down the middle of the field.


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Browns win toss, defer choice

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 2, 2012 – 9:27 pm

OAKLAND — The Cleveland Browns called “tails” and won the coin toss prior to today’s game against the Oakland Raiders at the O.co Coliseum. They elected to defer their choice until the second half and will kick to start the game.

The Raiders, in their black jerseys, with silver numerals, pants and helmets with the Raiders logo decal on either side, will receive the opening kickoff. The Browns are in their all white uniforms with orange helmets.

The game will begin under partly sunny skies with 61-degree temperatures and winds out of the West at 21 miles-per-hour.


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