The Oakland Raiders will try to break out of a four-game losing streak this Sunday when they host the Cleveland Browns at the O.co Coliseum. Oakland has allowed 42.25 points per game over their 0-4 slump. On the other hand the Browns are not much better, Cleveland is 0-12 in its last 12 road games.
But the two biggest stories this week came out of Oakland. Darren McFadden will be making his return to running back as he will ease his way back into football shape Marcel Reece will continue to start.
While linebacker Ronaldo McClain announced on his Facebook page that he is "officially no longer an Oakland Raider." Everyone took the approach he was released but in fact he’s still with the team but is beginning to pay for his consequences as he was kicked out of practice Wednesday and has not been allowed back on the practice field since. Look for a suspension to come his way soon as well. For now he’s not any waivers but is sure to remain absent in any team activities.
Look for quarterback Terrel Pryor to get his feet went and finally suit up this season. He hasn’t dressed in all 11 regular season games this season but he is exactly what Raider Nation is calling for. Look for him to be on the field in specialty packages.
This season both teams are 3-8 and aren’t looking good in any direction and both the Raiders and the Browns are in a developmental mode and are now beginning to look towards the future.
Offensively, the game matches up Oakland's No. 24-ranked offense (19.8 PPG) against a Browns defense that ranks No. 16 at 22.5 PPG. The Raiders passing attack has averaged 273 yards per game, more than the Browns give up through the air (243.7 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Browns feature the league's No. 25-rated road run defense, allowing 127 yards per game. Oakland, meanwhile, ranks No. 29 in rushing offense at home.
In reality the game doesn’t actually have meaning since neither of these teams have any chance of making the playoffs. However, the battlegrounds will not be asleep each team is will be trying to move forward and look towards the future.
The season is moving towards its final quarter and as it stands the Raiders would pick third overall, and the Browns would choose fourth in the NFL draft. By the end of Sunday's game, that could very well change.