CLEVELAND (WJW)– The COVID-depleted Cleveland Browns fell to the Las Vegas Raiders, 16-14.
The Browns are now 7-7 and at the bottom of the AFC North.
The game, originally slated for Saturday at 5 p.m., was one of three pushed back by the NFL amid dozens of COVID-19 cases.
In the two extra days, the Browns activated safety John Johnson III and guard Wyatt Teller from the COVID list, and elevated several guys from the practice squad. Quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Case Keenum remain on the COVID list, giving Nick Mullens the start.
Head coach Kevin Stefanski did not test out of COVID protocols, so special teams coordinator Mike Preifer served as acting head coach and offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt called the plays.
Browns players on the COVID-19 list:
- QB Baker Mayfield
- QB Case Keenum
- WR Jarvis Landry
- RB Kareem Hunt
- TE Austin Hooper
- T Jedrick Wills Jr.
- T James Hudson III
- DE Jadeveon Clowney
- DT Malik McDowell
- DE Ifeadi Odenigbo
- LB Mack Wilson
- LB Jacob Phillips
- LB Tony Fields II
- CB Troy Hill
- CB A.J. Green
- S Ronnie Harrison Jr.
- S Grant Delpit
- P Jamie Gillan
Cornerback Greg Newsome is out with a concussion.
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The Browns went six and out on their first possession of the game. Nick Mullens was three for three for 21 yards.
After a long drive, the Raiders scored a touchdown: Derek Carr to Bryan Edwards. With the extra point, it’s 7-0 Las Vegas.
The Browns are forced to punt on their second possession. Dustin Colquitt’s punt is spotted at the 4-yard line. It was 7-0 Raiders at the end of the first.
A pass interference penalty put the Raiders deep into Browns territory. Then Edwards fumbled for a loss of 6. After an incomplete pass, the Raiders had to punt.
The Browns punted on their third and fourth straight possessions.
The Browns got a key stop to keep the Raiders from going up by two touchdowns. Las Vegas got the field goal to make it 10-0.
Nick Mullens got a drive going at the end of the second quarter, but kicker Chase McLaughlin missed the kick.
After the half, the Raiders and Browns traded punts. Then, on fourth and inches, just as it appeared the Browns were coming together on defense, the Raiders did a fake punt to get the first.
Las Vegas’ drive ended with a fumble, recovered by Porter Gustin. Myles Garrett and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah split the sack. Carr was injured on the play, but he will return.
The Browns got the offense moving as Nick Chubb ran for a 24-yard gain to put Cleveland within the 10. Mullens threw to tight end David Njoku deep in the endzone. He came down with it, but it was ruled incomplete. But on the next play, Chubb ran in it. It’s 10-7, Raiders in the third.
The Raiders followed up their next possession with a field goal. The score is 13-7.
More drops for the Browns had them going three and out.
The Browns handed it off to Chubb several times before Donovan Peoples-Jones made a key catch for 25 yards. Then, Chubb got another first down. DPJ came up with another crucial first down to put the ball at the 11-yardline.
The Browns went for it on fourth and Mullens kept the play alive to dish it off to tight end Harrison Bryant for the touchdown. The score is 14-13.
Carr went deep, but even with the depleted Browns secondary, Greedy Williams got the pick. The Browns went three and out to give it back to the Raiders with about 2 minutes left.
The Raiders kicked a field goal to win.