The Cleveland Browns outlasted the Oakland Raiders for their second consecutive win Sunday, 20-17, to snap a 12-game road losing streak.
After starting 0-5, the Browns have now won four of their last seven games and are riding a two-game win streak. Quarterback Brandon Weeden passed for a career high 364 yards on Sunday, completing 25-of-36 passes with one touchdown and two interceptions. Wide receiver Josh Gordon also had a career day, catching six passes for 116 yards and one touchdown.
Despite the career marks in yardage, the game was ugly at times with Weeden's two interceptions and a missed Browns field goal. But Chris Pokorny of SB Nation's Cleveland Browns blog, Dawgs By Nature, writes that when it comes to snapping 12-game losing streaks, a win is a win.
Was it a pretty win? Not necessarily, and teams have certainly done better against the Raiders this season. Remember that Cleveland also came into this game with a monkey on their back: a 12-game losing streak away from home. When Oakland seemed to be gaining the momentum in the second half, the defense and the offense combined for a hell of a fourth quarter: Brown's interception to prevent at worst a tie game, and the ensuing long drive by the offense to put it away.
The Browns look to extend their winning streak to three games next week when they return home to play the Kansas City Chiefs in a rematch with former Browns coach Romeo Crennel.