Browns vs. Raiders: Browns beat Raiders 30-17
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr threw for 216 yards and two touchdowns, but the Browns beat the Raiders 30.5-28 in a game that featured an offensive line that was so good that Oakland had to use five different players for four quarters.
It was one of the biggest blowouts in franchise history.
The Browns (2-3) are now 1-3.
Cleveland was on the verge of winning the division with a win over the Chargers on Sunday, but a pair of late field goals put them in a three-way tie with the Raiders for first place.
It’s been a long year for Browns fans, who haven’t won a playoff game since 2007.
They’re 3-1 since the start of the season, but this is still a team with some potential, especially in the running game.
The Raiders have played without quarterback Derek Anderson, who missed Sunday’s loss with a knee injury.
They have three starters returning from last season and are a top-five team in the NFL in rushing yards.
The Texans are second in the AFC South.
Browns quarterback Josh McCown completed 18 of 27 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown, while Derek Carr completed 19 of 27 for 231 yards and three scores.
The game was tied at 14 apiece after two late field goal attempts by Oakland, and the Browns had their biggest lead of the day, 24-14.
“I thought we were better,” Oakland coach Jack Del Rio said.
“They came out and they came out with some urgency.
We came out without any urgency.”
Carr threw four interceptions in the first half, and he completed three passes on fourth down.
He also had a fumble recovery, a fumble that was recovered by a safety and another that was returned for a touchdown.
Carr had thrown two interceptions before this game, the last one coming against the Chargers in Week 6.
The loss is the second of four straight for Oakland, who have won nine of 11.
Oakland (2 1/2-4) was on top in the preseason standings and is 2-0 in the last three regular-season meetings.
“It was not the way we wanted to play,” Raiders coach Jack Dolan said.
It came down to the final few minutes, with the Browns starting to make big plays and the Raiders getting the better of the play.
“There’s not a lot of confidence in the offensive line,” Del Rio added.
The Oakland offense has been struggling.
Carr completed 23 of 31 passes for 264 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for the Browns.
The 49ers (1-3), meanwhile, have lost five of their last seven games, including a 38-14 loss at Chicago.
The Bears have allowed seven or more points in seven of their past eight games.
“Our defense is good,” quarterback Jay Cutler said.
“(I) just got to get in there and find ways to make plays.”
The Browns also got some help from running back LeSean McCoy, who had three carries for 11 yards on 15 carries for 21 yards and another score.
McCoy had three catches for 23 yards.
Oakland’s Marcus Smith had four catches for 48 yards.
Del Rio and Raiders coach Dennis Allen have been battling since last season for the job.
Allen is trying to turn the franchise around after winning four straight games with the team that drafted him.
Allen won three consecutive Super Bowl titles with the Bears and Bears coach Lovie Smith was fired after the 2014 season.
The Bills have lost three straight and have lost seven straight to the Browns, who were 3-2 last season.
“This team, we can’t win without the running backs, but we have to find a way to do it,” Del Ray said.
The first half was tied 21-20 at the Oakland 17.
The second quarter was tied 34-34 at the Raiders 11.
The third quarter was 38-31 at the Browns 10.
The fourth quarter was 28-34 with the Texans on their own.
Carr threw three touchdown passes in the second half, with Carr’s first one coming in the third quarter on a touchdown run to DeAndre Hopkins.
Carr then went to Hopkins again on a 3-yard pass.
Carr was sacked four times.
“That was a game we were going to win, but I couldn’t put it together,” Del Rey said.
Carr didn’t throw an interception in the fourth quarter.
The Ravens, who lost two straight after beating Pittsburgh on Sunday night, beat the Browns 28-24 on Nov. 29.
The Steelers are 2-3 since that season, their longest losing streak since 2007, and have won eight straight against the Browns since 2011.
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 200 yards and his fourth touchdown pass in the game, a 2-yard run to tight end Dennis Pitta.
The offense was dominated by the Texans.
They had 13 sacks, including one by defensive end Justin Houston.
Houston was injured for most of the game and has missed two games because of a torn Achilles.
He had five tackles.
The Colts, who