Raiders at Browns Game Preview

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RB Justin Fargas (20) finds some running room during the Raiders last trip to Cleveland in 2003.
 
DATE: Sunday, December 27, 2009, 10:00 a.m. PT
SITE: Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, OH

THIS WEEK: The Oakland Raiders, members of the American Football Conference Western Division, face the AFC North Browns in Cleveland this Sunday.

TELEVISION: The game will be televised on CBSwith Don Criquiproviding play-by-play and former NFL performerRandy Crosshandling color analysis.*The game will air locally on KPIX Channel 5. The game will also air in Sacramento onKOVR Channel 13as well as onKHSLin Chico,KIONin Monterey andKJEO *in Fresno.

RADIO: The game will air on Raiders Radio originating on KSFO 560 AM, the Silver and Black's Flagship for the multi-state Radio Network. Greg Papa and former Raiders player, assistant and head coach Tom Flores man the booth for the 12th straight year. The radio pregame show and postgame show will feature Raider Legends George Atkinson and David Humm along with KSFO's Rich Walcoff.

SPANISH RADIO:Raider games air in Spanish on*radio stationLa Kaliente, KZSF 1370 AM. Armando BotelloandAngel Dinamita *handle announcing duties.

CONNECTIONS

RAIDERS: DT Gerard Warren was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2001 and played there until 2004…QB Bruce Gradkowski played for the Browns in 2008…QB Charlie Frye was a third round draft choice by Cleveland in 2005 and played for the Browns through 2007…DE Richard Seymour played in New England when Browns head coach Eric Mangini (2000-05), special teams coordinator Brad Seely (1999-2008), offensive coordinator Brian Daboll (2000-06) and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan (2000-03) were all on the coaching staff…DE Greg Ellis and Browns DB Abram Elam were teammates with the Dallas Cowboys (2006)…T Khalif Barnes and Browns DB Nick Sorensen were teammates with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2005-06)…QB Coach Paul Hackett started his pro coaching career with the Browns (1981-82)…Defensive quality control coach Bert Leone served as a coaching assistant with the Browns from 2005-06…Offensive line coach Jim Michalczik tutored Browns C Alex Mack at Cal.

BROWNS: Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan held same position with the Oakland Raiders (2004-08)…Browns DL Kenyon Coleman was drafted by the Raiders and spent one year with Oakland (2002).

SERIES:This Sunday's game marks the 18th regular season encounter between the Raiders and Browns. The Raiders lead the series 10-7.

LAST TIME: The Oakland Raiders defeated the Cleveland Browns 26-24 at McAfee Coliseum in Oakland on September 23, 2007. RB LaMont Jordan carried the ball 29 times for 121 yards and a touchdown, LBs Kirk Morrison and Thomas Howard each intercepted passes for the second week in a row, and K Sebastian Janikowski was perfect on four field goal attempts. DE Tommy Kelly blocked a 40-yard field goal attempt on the last play of the game to preserve the victory. Janikowski converted on field goals of 32, 33, 23 and 48 on the day, which marked the sixth time that the Raiders' first round pick in 2000 has made good on at least four field goals in a single game. WR Ronald Curry caught a 41-yard scoring pass from QB Josh McCown in the second quarter. For the second week in a row, the Raiders got a sack from DT Gerard Warren, who, for the second straight week was playing against a former team.

LAST WEEK: The Oakland Raiders defeated the Denver Broncos 20-19 at INVESCO Field at Mile High in Denver in 2009 Regular Season Week 15 action. Charlie Frye got the start at quarterback for the Raiders in place of the injured Bruce Gradkowski. Frye was injured and JaMarcus Russell engineered a fourth quarter comeback for the win. The Broncos took a 6-0 lead before seeing the Raiders go up when RB Michael Bush finished off the 5-play, 66-yard drive with a 23-yard touchdown burst slashing through the Broncos defense. K Sebastian Janikowski's extra point was good and the Raiders took a 7-6 lead with 13:01 left in the second quarter. Janikowski then capped an 8-play, 28-yard drive with the sixth 54-yard field goal of his career which increased the Raiders lead to 10-6 with 6:40 left in the second quarter. Janikowski increased the Raiders lead to 13-6 with 32 seconds left in the second quarter with a 28-yard field goal that culminated a 12-play, 62-yard drive. Denver cut the Raiders lead to 13-9 with a 51-yard field goal that capped a 12-play, 47-yard drive in the third quarter. The Broncos went up 16-13 with 3:48 left in the third quarter. Denver converted a 21-yard field goal to increase the Broncos lead to 19-13 with 5:54 left in the game. The Raiders drove deep into Broncos territory and Russell found WR Chaz Schilens for a 10-yard TD catch to tie the game. The extra point was good and the Raiders led 20-19 with 35 seconds left in the game and held on for the win.

NEXT WEEK:The Raiders conclude the 2009 regular season at home against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, January 3, 2010.

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