The 2012 Cleveland Browns are doing their best to shake the reputation of the organization. For the most part, that has been a success: this no longer feels like a hopeless team; rather, this is a team with young talent that has a bright future.
Today’s game against the Oakland Raiders gives the Browns one of their best chances for a road win. Both teams are 3-8, but the Raiders are currently in a tailspin, losing four in a row. Their defense is ranked 25th, though the offense is ranked a respectable 15th. However, running back Darren McFadden, still dealing with an ankle injury, isn’t likely to play.
The Browns are now known for playing in close games – their problem is finding ways to close teams out. The weather conditions in Oakland won’t be pretty, which means the onus could fall on running back Trent Richardson today to put the Raiders away.
Believe it or not, but the Browns’ season is still salvageable. If that is going to happen, wins on the road will have to happen, and Sunday is yet another golden opportunity for this team.
Is this the day the Browns finally take advantage?