OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 16: Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns is sacked by Matt Giordano #27 of the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum on October 16, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Peyton Hillis MRI Confirms Injured Hamstring; Josh Cribbs Wants More Special Teams Duties

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Browns' Running Back Peyton Hillis Has MRI Scheduled

The Cleveland Browns suffered a listless 24-17 loss tot he Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but they may have suffered an even bigger loss on Monday morning. Running back Peyton Hillis suffered an apparent injury on Sunday and now has an MRI scheduled according to SBNation’s Dawgs By Nature:

"Coaches decision" technically covers injury situations, but I would say that in general, "coaches decision" in sports refers to a non-injury related decision. Shortly after that, Cabot and the rest of the media announced that it was due to a hamstring injury. Hillis did re-enter the game in the fourth quarter, but he explained why everything happened the way it did on Sunday:

(On when the injury happened): "It was my second run when I went outside and one of the defensive backs pushed me out of bounds and I overextended," he said. "I tried to play there a couple of series afterward the best I could."

(Shurmur did not go against his word): "That's nobody's fault," said Hillis, referring to Shurmur not being able to give Hillis the bulk of the carries due to his injury. "You pull a hamstring, you try to go out there and do your best. It's nobody's fault. It's just unfortunate, disappointing."

(On why he went in to block late in the game): "I felt it was a critical part in the game," said Hillis. "I didn't want to leave Montario hanging out there, so I felt if I could go in there and do a little pass protection, do what I could do to help the team win...it probably wasn't the smartest thing to do," he said. "But I wanted to help the team win. I was anxious to get out there and help. It was a critical point, we were just two possessions down and if we got that touchdown -- you saw how things worked out with the onside kick and stuff, we knew it was within reach."


Listless Cleveland Browns lose 24-17 to Oakland Raiders

The Cleveland Browns at least made a game of it toward the end, losing to the Oakland Raiders 24-17.

The Browns recovered an onside kick in Oakland territory with just over a minute remaining in the game but couldn’t score, with quarterback Colt McCoy throwing an incomplete pass to Mohamed Massaquoi to end the team’s final possession.

It was a game in which the Browns offense again looked listless until the final minutes. McCoy attempted 45 passes, but few went more than 10 yards as he finished with 215 on 21 completions.

If the drama surrounding Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis wasn’t bad enough already, it’s going to get worse.

Hillis sat out the third quarter of the game Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Initially a team spokesman told Mary Kay Cabot that Hillis wasn’t injured. Then with a minute left in the third, the team announced Hillis pulled his hamstring. Inexplicably Hillis returned in the fourth quarter but only to spell Montario Hardesty and pass protect. The hamstring precluded him from running, Cabot reported on Twitter. Something odd is going on with Hillis and the Browns, but no one seems to want to say what it is.

The loss drops the Browns to 2-3 on the season while the Raiders improved to 4-2. The Browns host 2-3 Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.


Peyton Hillis sits out third quarter, Raiders surge ahead 24-7 heading into fourth

The third quarter was an embarrassing one for the Cleveland Browns. The Raiders used a 35-yard fake field goal from Shane Lechler to Kevin Boss to take a commanding 24-7 lead after the three quarters in Oakland.

The Browns were without running back Peyton Hillis the entire quarter. Word came through late in the third quarter that Hillis had tweaked his hamstring and his return is questionable.

Hillis’ replacement, Montario Hardesty, has largely been ineffective all game. He dropped another pass in the third quarter. It was Hardesty’s sixth pass drop in two games.

The troubles with the passing game don’t simply lie with Hardesty. Quarterback Colt McCoy has thrown several errant passes on the game. For the day, he’s just nine of 24 for 103 yards.


Oakland Raiders lead Cleveland Browns 14-7 at half but lose QB Jason Campbell

If the Cleveland Browns can stop the run in the second half, they may have a chance to come back against the Oakland Raiders. At the half, the Browns trail 14-7. But after losing starter Jason Campbell to injury the Oakland has struggled to move the ball behind backup Kyle Boller.

It’s been an up-and-down half for Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. He’s completed seven of 16 attempts for 79 yards and the touchdown to tight end Alex Smith. McCoy has thrown into double coverage a couple times and had apparent miscommunication with his receivers at others.

After the Browns scored a touchdown tying the game 7-7 early in the second quarter, the Raiders’ Jacoby Ford quickly answered. The Clemson product took a kickoff back 101 yards to help put Oakland ahead 14-7. It was Ford’s fourth career touchdown on a return.

The Browns took advantage of a fumble by Campbell at the end of the first quarter to tie the game 7-7. The Browns’ scoring drive was punctuated by a one-yard touchdown pass from McCoy to Smith. It featured a 23-yard pass to Josh Cribbs and a 15-yard reception by Greg Little. The rookie would have scored his first career touchdown, but slipped and fell at the one-yard line.


Oakland Raiders lose QB Jason Campbell to injury

With about four minutes left in the second quarter, a quarterback scramble turned ugly for the Oakland Raiders.

Quarterback Jason Campbell gained seven yards on the play, but came up injured and headed to the locker room with the team's orthopedic doctor. It appears he has suffered a right shoulder injury. We’ll update Campbell’s status when it is known.

Campbell was replaced by Kyle Boller, who converted the fourth-and-one attempt.

The Raiders currently lead the Cleveland Browns 14-7.


Darren McFadden touchdown puts Raiders up 7-0 after 1st quarter

A fumble by Oakland Raiders quarterback gave the Cleveland Browns the ball back near the end the first quarter. Thus far, it’s about the only thing that’s gone right for the Browns.

Colt McCoy only has one complete pass for the Browns and running back Peyton Hillis is still having trouble getting into a groove. He’s carried the ball five times for nine yards.

Oakland running back Darren McFadden isn’t having any troubles early. He scored a four-yard touchdown on the Raiders’ first possession of the game. It was an easy drive for the Raiders. When the Browns were playing off the line, the Raiders ran. When the Cleveland safeties crept closer to the line, Oakland successfully utilized the play action passing game.

Many of the Raiders’ passes in the first quarter went in the direction of Browns cornerback Dimitri Patterson. He is replacing the injured Joe Haden.

On the first drive, McFadden had 50 yards on seven carries. For those keeping score, that’s one less carry than Browns running back Peyton Hillis had the entire first half against the Tennessee Titans. The drive took 15 plays and about eight minutes of game clock.


Center Alex Mack starting, cornerback Joe Haden sitting for Browns

Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack is starting today after undergoing an appendectomy on Oct. 3. Mack was questionable coming into today’s game.

Starting cornerback Joe Haden won’t play today due to sprained left knee. Dmitri Patterson is starting in his place. Linebacker Titus Brown will see his first action of the season after being injured in the preseason. Beacon Journal Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich says Brown will play on special teams.

Here are today’s inactive players for the Browns: QB Thad Lewis, WR Carlton Mitchell, CB Joe Haden (knee), SS Eric Hagg, OL Oniel Cousins, OL John Greco and TE Jordan Cameron.

The Raiders have announced the following inactives: RB Rock Cartwright, CB Chimdi Chekwa, CB Chris Johnson, FB Marcel Reece, G Bruce Campbell, DE Matt Shaughnessy, TE Richard Gordon.


Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders: What The Wiseguys Think

I asked the guys over at Pregame.com to give me their thoughts.  Pregame.com is the largest sports betting news site compliant with U.S. law, and have been featured by ESPN, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and hundreds of other national outlets. Pregame.com has agreed to provide us with exclusive insider analysis of how Las Vegas is looking at this week's Browns game

Marco D'Angelo (Follow on twitter: @MarcoInVegas)
The Oakland Raiders return home off a very emotional win in Houston last Sunday. The game was played the day after Raider Owner Al Davis passed away. The Raiders rose to the occasion and came up with a big win. This week they face a Cleveland Brown team who is looking to bounce back from a very poor showing against Tennessee, a game in which they lost 31-13. Cleveland has had plenty of time to think about that clunker as they were on a Bye Week last week. Teams who played poorly going into the Bye will generally play well with that extra week to prepare. From a handicapping stand point the Raiders has been a pointspread darling going 4-1 ATS but they were Underdogs in all 5 games. This Sunday Oakland will have the burden of laying points, 7 to be exact. When this line opened up it was Oakland -7 and the first move was to -6.5, which tells me the sharps like the dog. I agree Cleveland should make a game of this and has a very good chance of winning this game outright. This line has worked it's way back to 7 as the public has started to get involved and they will be betting Oakland. Some may think Oakland will be pumped again this week playing first Home game since Al Davis passed away but fact is last week's winning performance was done on adrenaline this week they won't be able to match that level of emotion. I like Cleveland to pull off the Upset and Win this 23-20.

Vegas Runner (Follow on twitter: @VegasRunner)
There is absolutely NO doubt which side the sports books will need in the Raiders vs Browns match-up...and that's the Browns. In fact, the Raiders are expected to be one of the most one-sided bet teams on Sunday and will attract a ton of money in the form of exotics (parlays/teasers). With the beating put on the books by recreational bettors over the last few weeks in the NFL, it's obvious that oddsmakers have attempted to protect them in Week 6 by inflating a lot of the lines. They were well aware that Oakland would be getting a lot of action and this is definitely one of those inflated prices. So it's no surprise that sharp bettors grabbed the +7 with Cleveland when this line went up and forced most books to drop it down to 6.5. Even with that steam on the Browns from the sharps, it won't be enough to offset the public money and this line should climb back up to 7 as we approach kick-off.

The Raiders are coming off a very emotional win against the Texans and after the Browns, they have 3 straight divisional games on deck so they may get caught looking ahead. For the Browns it's simple, win the turn-over battle and they will have a shot to pull the upset or at least cover the spread. In their 2 wins this season Cleveland is +2 in turn-overs and in their 2 losses they are -1. Finally, the Browns are coming off a bye and for the FIRST time all season they are offered as an under-dog. That's correct, the Browns have opened as the betting FAVORITE for every game thus far. Personally I believe the value is on the Browns and for me it's grab the points or leave the game alone.

Bryan Leonard (@BLeonardSports)
This game has bounced around from 7 down to 5 and now back up to 6 1/2. The Browns are off an embarrassing home loss to Tennessee and in the week prior they came back against the Dolphins for a 17-16 win. So we find a team that has been struggling, but they did have last week off so it couldn't have come at a better time. Cleveland has key players on both lines as well as a play making running back either injured or in the doghouse. The Browns have been somewhat fortunate with a schedule of Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Miami and Tennessee, which has to be the easiest slate in the league. So while the schedule favors Cleveland the Browns look to be a team with severe problems.

Oakland is coming off a huge game after owner Al Davis passed away and the team rallied around their fallen leader. Traditionally you would think that this would be a letdown spot, but word out of Oakland is that there will be a huge gathering paying their last respects for Mr. Davis. In fact, it could very well be the most important home game the Raiders have had in years. Keep in mind this franchise hasn't had a winning record since 2002. So with the line at less than 7 points we are leaning to the Raiders based more on player emotion than scheduling situation.

Joe Gavazzi (visit at www.JoeGavazzi.com)
Cleveland has played among the easiest schedule in the league which is quite dichotomous to that faced by the Raiders.  More indicative of the Browns at this point than their 2-2 SU record is their recent mark of 2-10 ATS.  Only the rushing defense of Oakland, which allows 5.2 YPR gives promise to a Cleveland offense that is little better than the 16 PPG they have authored in the previous 3 seasons.  The question for Oakland is their mental approach to this game.  It's their first home appearance since the loss of Al Davis who was the face of the franchise for many years.  Combined with last week's upset of Houston, it could be a tough week for them to retain full focus.  Yet under first year HC Jackson, all indications are that this is an emerging team.  That is particularly true on the offensive end where they are rushing the ball on nearly 50% of their plays for 162/5.4, good for 42% of their total yards.  With a more efficient passing attack gaining a league average 7.0 OYPA, it makes them a clearly more efficient team than Cleveland.  If the Raiders can pass the emotional and mental hurdle they face this week, it would not be  surprising to see them emerge with a high scoring victory.    

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