The Oakland Raiders (3-8) and Cleveland Browns (3-8) are jockeying for draft position, despite how much they may claim to want to win. Both teams need some help on offense and the Raiders will finally have a first-round draft pick in April.
The Browns haven't had a winning streak since September of 2011. They have a chance to post consecutive wins following their 20-14 upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.
The Raiders would like to build some momentum going into the offseason. They have several personnel decisions to make and their play over the final month should help guide decisions.
Following is the key information for the matchup, including fantasy options and game predictions.
Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
When: Sunday, Dec. 2 at 4:25 p.m ET
Live Streaming: NFL Sunday Ticket
Betting Line: Raiders -1.5 (via Bovada)
Cleveland Injury Report (via CBS Sports)
|WR Josh Cooper ||Knee|
|DB Dimitri Patterson||Ankle|
|DB Raymond Ventrone||Calf|
|QB Brandon Weeden||Head|
|DB Usama Young||Head|
Oakland Injury Report (via CBS Sports)
|DL Jack Crawford ||Toe|
|RB Mike Goodson||Ankle|
|RB Darren McFadden||Ankle|
|DL Richard Seymour||Knee, Hamstring|
What's at Stake?
Draft status and possibly the first shot at drafting a quarterback is available for both teams. As of now, the Raiders still hold their first-round draft pick.
Yes, the Browns took Weeden in the first round last season, but there is a likely a new regime and coaching staff coming into town. New regimes love to select their own quarterback.
Cleveland RB Trent Richardson
Weeden isn't likely to take the field on Sunday and Josh Gordon has gone quiet in recent weeks, but Trent Richardson is still one of the best weekly fantasy starters.
Richardson didn't get many yards per attempt last weekend, but he still ran for 85 yards and a touchdown against a tough Steelers defense.
With Colt McCoy expected to get the start the Browns will likely lean on Richardson all the more.
Oakland K Sebastian Janikowski
The Raiders should be able to work into field-goal range on the Browns and Janikowski can still hit from distance.
A kicker isn't exactly an exciting pick, but neither are any of the other options for the Raiders.
What They're Saying
Key Matchup: Raiders front seven vs. Trent Richardson
The Browns are likely going to lean on Richardson to move the ball and set up the offense. If the Raiders are able to corral the rookie runner, it will likely take the steam out of the offense.
Then again, perhaps McCoy is ready to stake a claim at the quarterback position.
The Raiders are thin at running back and the passing game hasn't exactly been cranking along. Carson Palmer went 19-of-34 for just 146 yards (4.3 YPA) against the Cincinnati Bengals last week.
The Raiders have lost four-straight games and there is a good chance that streak will reach six with the Denver Broncos on the schedule in Week 14.
This game can easily go either direction and the punting game could turn the tide in this contest. Field position could set up an easy route to a scoring opportunity and sway the final score.
Browns 17, Raiders 13
Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and Seattle Seahawks.
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