The Las Vegas Raiders defense held their own against the Cleveland Browns and did not give up any touchdowns, contributing to their 16-6 victory.
The Browns went into their matchup with the Raiders missing some offensive weapons, most notably, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Quarterback Baker Mayfield struggled in the elements and was able to only complete 12 passes. To be fair, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr also struggled and had only 15 completions on the day.
Weather and injuries aside, the Browns were in it for most of the game. So we have to give credit to the Raiders defense for doing their job. In fact, Pro Football Focus was quick to point out that they surrendered zero touchdowns. This should lead to much jubilation among Raider Nation given how bad that unit has performed in 2020.
The Raiders Defense Finally Stopped A Team
Paul Guenther, the beset Raiders defensive coordinator, seems to have avoided the hot seat given that the team won. We have to give credit where it’s due, the Raiders defense did its job. The Browns did not have a running back go over 100 yards rushing, and Kareem Hunt totaled 66 yards in 14 carries. Las Vegas linebackers also prevented Hunt from becoming a factor in the passing game and only caught two passes for seven yards.
The defensive backfield welcomed back safety Johnathan Abram and they prevented any Browns receiver from going over 100 yards. Jarvis Landry ended up leading the Browns with four receptions and 52 receiving yards while being kept out of the endzone.
Mayfield ended the game with a quarterback rating of 62.4, something the Raiders defense can be proud of. The weather definitely helped, yes, but the Silver and Black’s defense was finally able to stop an opponent.
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