Oakland Raiders Week 13 Preview: Oakland vs. Cleveland

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Oakland Raiders Week 13 Preview: Oakland vs. Cleveland
The Raiders gain one Mac and shed another against the Browns.

By now, most of you are aware of the big story in Raider land from Wednesday. The underwhelming Rolando McClain, in just his third year, is likely done as an Oakland Raider. I don't want to rehash this very much; I already said my piece on the Alabama linebacker.

So let's move beyond that in the short term and get back to the issue at hand: Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

As the season winds down, suddenly this game has meaning. No, not the "we still mathematically cling to the playoffs" meaning. That's silly. But there's meaning when looking towards the 2013 NFL draft and potential selection hierarchy.

As it stands right this very second, the Raiders would pick third overall, and the Browns would choose fourth. By the end of Sunday's game, that could very well change.

But I digress, as this is still about how the Raiders can win, which is something they have not done in their last four weeks.

Realistically, this team might not have too many more chances to notch a win in 2012. With another home game against Kansas City being the other likely opportunity, for Raider Nation, this is hopefully a beacon of light in what has been a dim, dark season.

Coming off their worst home performance of the season (against New Orleans), Oakland will try to build a little momentum against the Browns as they start a three-game home stand at the Coliseum.

So here, as always, are my five keys to a Raider win on Sunday.

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