Browns vs. Raiders: Cleveland's Biggest Winners and Losers from Week 13

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Browns vs. Raiders: Cleveland's Biggest Winners and Losers from Week 13
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The Cleveland Browns went ahead early and managed to hold on with both hands, defeating the Oakland Raiders, 20-17, in enemy territory.

The victory makes two in a row for the Browns, last week's coming against the archrival Steelers. In Cleveland, we call that a win streak.

It wasn't always pretty, but the Browns found a way to learn from their mistakes and come out on top. Perhaps best of all, they showed tremendous discipline in registering only three penalties for 25 yards. Brandon Weeden recovered from an early mistake to have a solid day, finishing the day with 353 yards on 25 of 36 attempts.

The point is, they're improving. Each week the Browns are playing more cohesively and showing a huge potential for long-term viability in the AFC North. One of the most striking things about their competitiveness this season is the fact that every component matters. This isn't a one-man team, nor is it driven purely on one side of the ball. There is plenty of credit, and plenty of criticism, to go around.

Just like the Thai food I'm about to order, the Browns are a recipe that reflects more than the sum of its parts. Here's a small snapshot of the biggest difference-makers this week.

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