Oakland Raiders vs. Cleveland Browns: Raiders' Winners and Losers from Week 13
The Raiders continue to struggle on both sides of the football, and they have not shown any indication that they're getting any better.
Let's take a look at the Raiders' winners and losers from Week 13.
Loser: The Offense
Just as it's gone all season long, the Raiders continue to be completely one-dimensional on offense.
Of the 429 yards of total offense the team gained, only 85 of them were on the ground. You can't win in the NFL with that sort of unbalanced attack.
There was no flow to Oakland's offense at any part of the game, and it showed as the Raiders struggled to put points on the board.
Oakland hasn't scored more than 17 points in a game since Nov. 11.
Winner: Brandon Myers
While the Raiders' continue to be irrelevant to the rest of the NFL, tight end Brandon Myers has made his case for a shot at the Pro Bowl.
Myers came in as Carson Palmer's most dependable target, and he put up his best numbers of the season against the Browns.
He finished with a game-high 14 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown. Needless to say, Myers was the only bright spot for Oakland all game long.
Loser: The Secondary
Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden threw for 364 yards against the Raiders. Three-hundred sixty-four yards.
Oakland's secondary was so bad that they let Weeden look like Dan Marino.
Week after week the Raiders fail to hold any quarterback to decent numbers and they get torched along the way.
At this point in time, there is no difference between the Raiders defense and the Saints defense.
Winner: 3rd-Down Conversions
For what it's worth, Oakland was very efficient on converting third-down opportunities against Cleveland.
The Raiders finished 9-for-16 on third down for an impressive 56 percent.
Unfortunately, they were unable to turn those third-down conversions into points.
Loser: Dennis Allen
Head coach Dennis Allen has had a rough time as the leader of the Raiders. His "defensive background" has been a sham since he arrived in Oakland, and the team gets worse with every week that passes.
Allen will have a hard time focusing on coaching since his father is severely ill in a Texas hospital (according to Bill Williamson of espn.com).
The Raiders have a short week upcoming as they face their rivals, the Denver Broncos, on Thursday Night Football.
Their first season under general manager Reggie McKenzie has been filled with turmoil, and it doesn't look like it's going to get any better.
Winner: Draft Stock
The more losses the Raiders compile, the higher their draft pick will be.
The only teams in the NFL with fewer wins than the Raiders are the Kansas City Chiefs and the Jacksonville Jaguars. A top-five pick is inevitable at this point, which is just what Oakland needs.
The Raiders have had a reputation for drafting busts, so hopefully 2013 is the year they find that diamond in the rough they desperately need.
Loser: Jason Tarver
The Raiders' embattled defensive coordinator has bitten off more than he can chew this season. During a Thursday press conference, Tarver was confident in his team's ability to play better defensively.
However, Oakland let Cleveland rack up nearly 500 yards of offense and also allowed the Browns to get their first road victory of the season.
The Raiders have struggled defensively all season long and continue to be one of the most disappointing units in the league.
Tarver can't make the tackles on the field, but he can do a better job running a defense.