A lot is at stake for the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders in Week 4 NFL action, and these five players should determine the winner.
The Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders play for the first time since 2015, which coincidentally, is the last time the Browns won on the road.
To finish this history lesson, this games presents itself as the first opportunity for Cleveland to win back-to-back games for the first since 2014.
It’s funny how quickly the script can change in the NFL.
Just a short time ago, Browns fans were clamoring to be the Raiders, who had won the 2014 draft with the sections of Khalil Mack and David Carr. Adding Amari Cooper at receiver only made it seem like the Raiders were closing in on contention.
But then Oakland announces its moving to Vegas. John Gruden gets re-hired and Mack gets traded for no particular good reason. Carr leads the league in interceptions behind an offensive line regarded as one of the worst in pro football.
Meanwhile, the Browns just aren’t celebrating their first win since Christmas Eve, 2016. The Dawg Pound has hope for the first time all because of No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield.
It’s like when the Browns drafted Johnny Manziel in 2014, except that Mayfield can actually play. The sample size is short, but he has that rare innate ability to make those around him better.
Despite Baker’s emergence, the Browns’ are still 3-point underdogs on the road.
These five players will make the difference in the Browns and Raiders Week 4 matchup.