Oakland Raiders-Cleveland Browns Predictions

Josh BroudyCorrespondent IDecember 26, 2009

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 03:  Quarterback Charlie Frye #3 of the Oakland Raiders looks to pass the ball during the game against the Seattle Seahawks on September 3, 2009 at Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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QB—Charlie Frye vs. Derek Anderson

CLE: Both are former Cleveland QBs. Whoops! For Derek Anderson, he's about to be. Anderson was abysmal when he was given another chance as Browns QB: wildly inaccurate and nobody to throw to. Not a good combination, eh?

OAK: Frye was called upon last week and did a mediocre job running the offense until he was taken out of the game with a concussion. He wasn't relied on largely because Bush and McFadden controlled the clock.

Edge: OAK

RB—Darren McFadden and Michael Bush vs. Jerome Harrison and Chris Jennings

CLE: Harrison ran wild last week against the lowly Chiefs. In fact, it was the third best rushing performance in NFL history. Heck, who heard of him before last Sunday? Regardless, he's facing another awful run defense. But don't expect a carbon copy of last weekend.

OAK: Bush and McFadden had their best games of the season last Sunday. Bush showed that when he gets his carries he can produce. The problem is that he hasn't gotten enough carries. Honestly, it wouldn't be shocking if Bush gets only five to ten carries vs. the Browns.

Edge: Push

WR—Louis Murphy, Chaz Schilens, and Jonnie Lee Higgens vs. Mohamed Massaqoi, Mike Furrey, and Brian Robiskie

CLE: Really, Massaqoi is the only deep threat of this group. And he's the only one who can eventually be an NFL starter in the future. He has prototypical size (6'2" 210 lbs.). 

OAK: As it turns out, Louis Murphy is the best rookie WR for the Raiders. He is pretty polished but far from perfect. He, like Heyward-Bey (questionable for Sunday), has dropped many passes, but he catched more too. Schilens looked good on the final drive last Sunday and is a big target.

Edge: OAK

Oakland's O-line vs. Cleveland's O-line

CLE: Two building blocks: LT Joe Thomas and C Alex Mack. Then there are the other three guys. RT John St. Clair has been poor this season, and it's clear they need an upgrade. A couple of weeks ago, Cleveland was the only team without a rushing TD. 

OAK: With Robert Gallery out, the Raiders were forced to be creative. They put RT Langston Walker at Guard. Then they moved starting center Chris Morris to RG and promoted Samson Satele to Center. It will be interesting to see how the line holds up this week.

Edge: Push

Oakland's D-line vs. Cleveland's D-line

CLE: They use the suddenly popular 3-4 scheme. The line is composed of a bunch of no name guys that lost NT Shaun Rodgers a month ago. This group will be pretty easy to move around.

OAK: Tommy Kelly played pretty hard Sunday. Enough to lose his pants. Richard Seymour has been very quiet lately. We'll see what he has in store...Matt Shaughnessy has been a nice surprise. He's really giving Oakland a spark off the bench.

Edge: OAK

Oakland's Linebackers vs. Cleveland's Linebackers

CLE: Kameron Wimbley is having an up-and-down season with 6.5 sacks. A lot of talent, but not consistent enough. Cleveland does get enough of a rush to get by each week. They rank in the top 10 in the category.

OAK: Trevor Scott was converted to the strong-side linebacker position when Ricky Brown went down with a season ending injury a couple of weeks ago. Kirk Morrison and Thomas Howard are better at defending the pass then the run. 

Edge: CLE

Oaklands Defensive Backs vs. Cleveland's Defensive Backs

CLE: The corners Eric Wright and Brandon McDonald have been inconsistent this season. They are 31st in the league in yards per attempt (8.2).

OAK: They boast one of the best corners in the league in Nnamdi Asomugha. Unfortunately, that means QBs will target Chris Johnson more times than not. Tyvon Branch has held up well at strong safety in his sophmore season. The problem is they lead the league with plays over 25 yards.

Edge: CLE

Oakland's Special Teams vs. Cleveland's Special Teams

CLE: Josh Cribbs has been electric this season. He added two more kick returns for touchdowns last week. K Phil Dawson doesn't get many chances, so he'll have to make the most of them.

OAK: They have gotten terrible production from their kick returners this season. Shane Lechler and big-footed Sebastian Janakowski are having another great seasons. 

Edge: Push

Prediction: OAK 30, CLE 27