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At their best, the Browns can give the Raiders a serious challenge on Sunday, but their upset chances could be compromised if CB Joe Haden (knee) and/or C Alex Mack (appendicitis) are limited or don't play at all.
The Raiders' defense is vulnerable vs. the run and the pass, but the Browns' offense is still finding its way. Cleveland has shown it can put drives together, but that hasn't translated to many points. The Browns are 12th in time of possession but just 26th in points.
By contrast, the Raiders, on average, have held the ball a minute less than the Browns per game. However, they are outscoring Cleveland by almost nine points per contest.
If the Browns' offense suddenly takes a big step forward, an upset is possible, and more so if Haden and/or Mack can play. But Oakland seems likely to prevail.
Prediction: Raiders 24, Browns 20
Season-to-date prediction record: 2-2