You can’t hide from the truth of game tape. As emotionally charged as Oakland’s win in Houston was the ugly truth is that there are some serious issues defensively. While the Raiders did as good a job as you’ll see defending Arian Foster the runner they did as terrible a job as you’ll see defending Arian Foster the receiver.
Whenever Foster got the ball via handoff he was greeted by a sea of white jerseys. Whenever Foster caught the rock out of the backfield, those same white jerseys parted the sea allowing Foster easy access to free yardage.
The Cleveland Browns have taken note. They also have taken a vow to get Peyton Hillis more involved this Sunday. That might seem like a no-brainer for the Browns but anyone who has paid any attention to the Hillis situation knows things haven’t been so easy going.
After a breakout year in 2010, Hillis is looking to get paid in 2012 and beyond. His controversial decision to sit out a Sunday due to sickness has sparked the biggest Cleveland sports controversy since a self-proclaimed king took his talents to South Beach.
Since that infamous Sunday Hillis has found his number of touches reduced. However against Oakland it would only make sense for the Browns to pound the Silver and Black as the Raiders look to do to Cleveland as well.
It seems like each week the Oakland defense is repairing one problem only to create another.
While the vaunted Texan running game was grounded the Houston passing game was cleared for launch the moment the first snap was taken.
Colt McCoy is no Matt Schaub. If the Browns go for over 400-yards passing on the Raiders then it will be officially time to hit the panic button. That being said it doesn’t take much in the passing game to get a guy like Hillis more room to operate.
If Cleveland can just make the Raiders respect the pass enough so guys like Tyvon Branch and Jerome Boyd aren’t creeping close to the line of scrimmage then the Brown will have done their job. No matter the exact circumstances the Raiders had better be prepared to see heaps of Hillis on Sunday.