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Week 4 Game Recap: Cleveland Browns 42, Oakland Raiders 45
What you need to know
The Browns played in their second overtime game in four weeks, this time falling short to the Oakland Raiders on the road. The offense showed plenty of good signs, racking up 42 points on the afternoon. That being said, the Browns made several mistakes which ultimately were too much to overcome. Baker Mayfield
committed four turnovers while wide receiver Antonio Callaway
committed several drops in the game, including one tipped pass that led to a pick-six for Oakland. The Browns didn't get much help from the officials, either. With the team leading 42-34 with 1:38 left in the game, Carlos Hyde
appeared to have rushed for a first down on 3rd-and-2. The officials reversed the call after reviewing the spot of the ball. That being said, the Browns made too many mistakes to solely blame the officials for the loss. Rookie Nick Chubb
showed well, ripping off two long touchdown runs. It will be interesting to see if he earned himself some more playing time going forward.
-This was a wild game with inflated stats all-around due to the Raiders offense being on the field for 90 snaps.
had a productive game on the ground and carried 20 times. He might have had a long touchdown but for awful officiating, which was a theme of the day.
-The performance wasn’t as good as the numbers for Amari Cooper
, who seemed to run the wrong route a couple of times, but he was peppered with targets and caught a short touchdown.
also played more poorly than the numbers would suggest, missing open players and throwing a couple bad interceptions.
remains the most consistent and impactful receiver for the Raiders.
|QB Baker Mayfield, 82 offensive snaps, Pass: 21 - 41 - 295 - 2 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 4 - 10 - 0|
It was an up-and-down afternoon for Baker Mayfield
, who committed four turnovers, two interceptions and two fumbles, including a pick-six in the first quarter. That being said, two of the turnovers can't exactly be blamed on Mayfield. In the first quarter, wide receiver Antonio Callaway
slipped and tipped a pass in the air that wound up being returned for a defensive touchdown. Later, Mayfield fumbled when the ball was snapped. Mayfield wasn't looking as it appeared he was changing the play at the line of scrimmage. Mayfield's receivers didn't do him many favors as his first three passes were all dropped. He had a chance to throw a touchdown on the third drive of the first quarter but he overthrew an open Antonio Callaway
in the end zone. Camera shots of Mayfield's reaction showed he knew he should have made a better pass. Later on that same drive he could have had another touchdown but Jarvis Landry
slipped in the end zone. The team had to settle for a field goal on that possession. Mayfield threw his first NFL touchdown pass in the second quarter, connecting with tight end Darren Fells
for a 49-yard score. He showed excellent accuracy in fitting the ball into a tight space down the middle of the field and Fells did the rest. In the third quarter, Mayfield had Antonio Callaway
in the red zone but the pass was overthrown again. He bounced back to throw another touchdown pass on the ensuing drive, this time finding Jarvis Landry
for a two-yard score. His ball placement was perfect as he threw toward the back left corner of the end zone. Mayfield's first fumble came on the following possession on a strip sack where he held onto the ball too long. In the fourth quarter, Mayfield hit Antonio Callaway
for a 59-yard reception to set up a touchdown-scoring drive. Mayfield's last interception came on a poor decision and poor pass on the final drive of the fourth quarter. He heaved a deep shot downfield to Callaway but the ball was underthrown and easily picked off. In all, it wasn't an excellent game for Mayfield but his passing skills also gave the Browns a chance to win it in the end.
|RB Carlos Hyde, 50 offensive snaps, Rush: 22 - 82 - 1 (1 targets)|
The Browns continued to insist on running Hyde up the middle, especially on early downs. Two of Hyde's first few carries in the first quarter were such runs, which went for little or no gain. Hyde did have a first-quarter run of about ten yards nullified by an offensive holding penalty. He saw plenty of red zone work in this game, as has been the trend through his first four games as a Brown. On the third drive of the first quarter, Hyde saw three red zone carries, ultimately getting the ball down to the two-yard line on his final tote. Hyde did find the end zone in the fourth quarter, getting two consecutive goal line carries. He was stuffed on the first before powering his way into the end zone on the second. That gives Hyde five scores in four games with Cleveland as he has seen plenty of goal line work thus far. With 1:38 left in the game, he was involved in a controversial call with the Browns trying to run out the clock with a 42-34 lead. On third down, Hyde appeared to have a first down but the booth called for a review and the spot was changed, forcing the Browns to punt on fourth down. Hyde continues to hold off rookie Nick Chubb
for lead back duties, although Chubb made things interesting with two long touchdown runs in Week 4. For now, Hyde's arrow continues to point up as he should keep seeing frequent red zone opportunities in an up-and-coming offense.
|RB Duke Johnson, 29 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 11 - 0, Rec: 4 - 45 - 0 (6 targets)|
Johnson saw just six touches in Week 4, although his 56 yards from scrimmage goes down as a season high. That tells fantasy owners all they need to know as Johnson isn't getting as much work as he did in past seasons. He did manage to convert two two-point conversions in the game, both rushing. He got off to a fast start, reeling in a 19-yard pass in the first quarter on a perfectly placed throw that Baker Mayfield
floated into his hands down the left sideline. Johnson did commit a rough drop on a ball that hit him in the chest during the fourth quarter. He saw a deep target from Baker Mayfield
in overtime, although the pass was underthrown and batted down by the defender. Johnson's spotty usage makes him a hard to trust going forward.
|RB Nick Chubb, 3 offensive snaps, Rush: 3 - 105 - 2|
Chubb only saw three carries in the game but he certainly made the most of them. Chubb's first carry went for an impressive 63-yard touchdown. Chubb ran toward the right side and broke a tackle about 10 yards into his run. Then he flashed some impressive speed in out-racing the defense to the end zone. He wasn't done there, however, as he found the end zone again in the fourth quarter. This time, Chubb scored from 41 yards out. He made a great move in the backfield to avoid a tackle on that carry. Chubb continues to operate strictly as Carlos Hyde
's backup, but it may be hard for the Browns to keep him off the field after his showing against the Raiders. He could start forcing more of a timeshare if he continues to flash in his limited opportunities.
|WR Jarvis Landry, 73 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 34 - 1 (10 targets)|
Landry did most of his damage in the first half, catching three of his four passes before halftime. His only second half catch was a two-yard touchdown. Landry got off to a rough start, dropping his first target on a catchable pass during the first drive of the game. He bounced back with a nine-yard gain on a short slant later in the first quarter. He then had an 11-yard gain nullified by an illegal block penalty. He later saw an end zone target on that same drive, but he slipped on the play. It most likely would have been a touchdown if Landry had been able to keep his footing. In the second quarter, Landry lined up in the backfield and turned a short reception into a 15-yard gain. He committed another drop in the same quarter as he was unable to hold onto the ball following a big hit. Landry's two-yard touchdown reception was impressive as he snared a high pass over his shoulders in the back corner of the end zone. He ran a great route where he tricked the defender into thinking he wasn't part of the play before he took off toward the back corner of the end zone for the score. Landry continues to lead the Browns in targets on a weekly basis and is the team's preferred option in the passing game.
Higgins came up with some big catches for the Browns in Week 4. He converted a 3rd-and-12 in the first quarter with a nice 21-yard reception. In the third quarter, Higgins ripped off a six-yard and a 23-yard catch on the team's first series. Higgins appears to have the trust of Baker Mayfield
and should remain involved in the offense, especially in the middle of the field.
Callaway's final stat line looks decent thanks to a 59-yard catch and run in the fourth quarter but he really didn't play all that well against the Raiders. Callaway struggled with his footing and committed several drops in the game. He slipped and tipped a ball that wound up getting intercepted and returned for a touchdown in the first quarter. He did see a deep end zone shot on the team's third drive in the first quarter but Baker Mayfield
overthrew him. Callaway's struggles continued in the second quarter as he dropped a two-point conversion pass. He also dropped another catchable pass toward the end of the third quarter. Callaway is an explosive playmaker but he is going to have some ups-and-downs as a rookie.
|TE David Njoku, 69 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 52 - 0 (7 targets)|
Njoku turned in his best game of the season, showing off his impressive run-after-the-catch ability on several instances. He did commit another drop in what has been an ongoing issue for him. That play could have gone for a big gain as he was open down the seam. The pass was about 16 yards downfield and Njoku had some room to run after. He did make a good catch on a high pass in the first quarter, reaching up to snare the ball out of the air. In the third quarter he took a short pass with Baker Mayfield
under duress and turned upfield for a 14-yard gain. The Browns still haven't been using Njoku much in the red zone as Carlos Hyde
has been hoarding most of the goal line opportunities.
|QB Derek Carr, 92 offensive snaps, Pass: 35 - 58 - 437 - 4 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 2 - 1 - 0|
It was a sloppy game for Carr, who threw multiple interceptions for the third time in four games. However, he played through the mistakes, got hot late, and was able to lead an improbable comeback to force overtime. While he didn’t have his A-game most of the way, he showed a lot of grit and determination. The overall numbers are impressive for Carr but the yardage totals were inflated due to the Raiders running a whopping 90 plays and Carr dropping back to pass 61 times. The game started off on a shaky note. Carr had Jordy Nelson
streaking down the middle of the field with no defender even close to him and he badly underthrew it on what should have been a 72-yard touchdown. Carr also threw a pair of interceptions. He sailed a ball down the middle into double-coverage trying to hit Jared Cook
on an interception just before halftime. He also threw an interception trying to hit Martavis Bryant
in double coverage early in the third quarter. He put too much air under the pass and it floated long enough for the safety to come over the top and out leap Bryant for the ball. After a turnover gave the Raiders the ball deep in Cleveland territory, Carr hit Jared Cook
over the middle for an 8-yard touchdown. After a long Lynch run, Carr missed Amari Cooper
for what should have been an easy touchdown 10-yard touchdown throw. He simply misfired high with the pass. Carr bounced back the next drive throwing a perfectly-placed fastball over the middle to Jordy Nelson
for a 19-yard touchdown. Carr was able to move the ball effortlessly down the stretch. He led a 66-yard drive late in the fourth quarter that stalled inside the Browns 10-yard line when Carr and Cooper weren’t on the same page on a fourth down pass play. The Raiders were able to get the ball back late and Carr led a 53-yard touchdown drive in less than a minute, hitting Jared Cook
for a 7-yard touchdown. He then connected with Jordy Nelson
on a fade route for the game-tying two-point conversion. In overtime, Carr led a long drive to setup a missed 50-yard field goal attempt. The next possession, he drove the team 70 yards for a game-winning field goal.
|RB Marshawn Lynch, 50 offensive snaps, Rush: 20 - 130 - 0, Rec: 3 - 27 - 0 (5 targets)|
It was a vintage performance from Lynch, who ran with extreme power and physicality the entire game. The terrible officiating was a theme throughout the day and it bit Marshawn Lynch
on a second-quarter run. He broke outside and a defender had a couple arms on him but it looked like Lynch was about to break free from the tackle for a long gain, maybe even a 70+ yard touchdown. However, the refs blew the play dead prematurely, leaving Lynch with a gain of just six yards. Lynch had a nice catch and run on a gain of 17. He made a sharp cut after the short catch to make the first defender miss and then pinballed through attempted tackles at the end of the run. Lynch broke off a 52-yard run on a pitch to the left sideline. He followed a pair of outstanding blocks by Martavis Bryant
down the left sideline and showed solid speed to get the corner.
It was an extremely quiet day for Martin. He is being outplayed by both Lynch as an early-down runner and by Richard as a pass-catcher. His role should remain small going forward.
|RB Jalen Richard, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -2 - 0, Rec: 3 - 38 - 0 (5 targets)|
Richard barely played outside of the two-minute offense but still made a couple impact plays. A 16-yard gain on a nifty catch and run in the two-minute offense before halftime helped get the Raiders into field position. He then made one of the plays of the game in the final minute. He caught a short pass over the middle, made the first man miss and then a sweet juke move got him to the outside where he was able to get out of bounds and save valuable seconds on the clock. The 18-yard gain down to Cleveland’s 7-yard line set up the game-tying touchdown the next play.
|WR Amari Cooper, 80 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 128 - 1 (12 targets)|
On paper, it was a big day for Cooper but there were still some concerning aspects of his performance. Derek Carr
was extremely frustrated with Cooper on multiple occasions and it looked like a misread of a route by Cooper was going to be the nail in the coffin for the Raiders on a 4th-down play where Cooper broke inside when Carr was expecting him to go outside. There was also a strange play right before halftime where Cooper decided not to run his route for some reason. It allowed the safety to instead come back inside and pick off a ball intended for Jared Cook
. There were some bright spots too, including an 8-yard touchdown. Cooper ran a simple slant route, Carr extended the play, and Cleveland’s zone coverage broke down, which allowed Cooper to come wide open in the middle of the end zone for the easy completion. Cooper should have had a second touchdown when he was open on an out route, but Carr missed him badly. Cooper had a 36-yard grab down the sideline in overtime where he got behind the corner and made the catch along the sideline before the safety could get over. He also had a 14-yard catch on a short sideline route to set up the game-winning field goal. It was encouraging to see Carr go back to Cooper after the frustration Carr showed at the end of regulation.
|WR Jordy Nelson, 80 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 48 - 1 (8 targets)|
After hitting a couple big plays right out of the gate last week, Nelson almost did the same this week. He ran a rub route with Jared Cook
that confused Browns defenders and left Nelson all alone behind the defense for what should have been a 72-yard touchdown but Carr badly underthrew it. Nelson was quiet for most of the game but made a pair of key plays in the 4th quarter. He caught a 19-yard touchdown on a post route to put the Raiders ahead late. Then won a jump ball on a two-point conversion attempt in the final seconds to send the game to overtime
Bryant was wide open for what should have been a 53-yard touchdown. He seemed to panic with the ball in the air and so much time and space to make the catch, stumbled and then couldn’t hold on. Bryant had a gain of 28 on a post route. He showed his elite speed running away from the defender and carried a tackler for a few yards after contact as well. Bryant had an incredible effort as a blocker on Marshawn Lynch
’s 52-yard run. He had the key block to spring Lynch to the outside and then ran ahead and destroyed the safety, allowing Lynch to pick up another 20 yards on the end of the run.
|TE Jared Cook, 76 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 110 - 2 (13 targets)|
Cook was the best player on the field for the Raiders. He was consistently able to get open on underneath routes against the notoriously soft Cleveland defense, which drops the safeties way too deep. Cook’s size and speed make him a mismatch against single coverage and he has also been doing a great job of finding the soft spots in zone coverage over the middle of the field. Cook scored an 8-yard touchdown on a simple play where he ran to the middle of the end zone and boxed out the defender so Carr could hit him on a back-shoulder throw. He also scored from seven yards out to tie up the game in the final seconds. It was a monster performance for Cook.