Las Vegas Raiders at Cleveland Browns: 3 Surprises
How Close the Game Was
Lots of fans and analysts suspected that this would be an easy win for a struggling Las Vegas team. As stated earlier, Cleveland played the game without 18 players, which included Jarvis Landry and Baker Mayfield. This gave the Las Vegas team a major advantage going into the game on both ends of the football.
The Las Vegas defense came out hot, scoring a touchdown on their opening drive and following it with a field goal in the second quarter. After that, the offense really stalled, only scoring a field goal before the eventual game winner. Many will look to blame Carr, who threw an interception late in the fourth quarter. Granted, that wasn’t a great throw, but there were a few first-down throws that were dropped by receivers. Those were major drive stoppers that resulted in the offenses dip in production.
The defense faired a bit better than the offense but began to falter in some of the bigger moments of the game. The defense gave up one big touchdown to Nick Chubb, who ran for 91 yards on 23 carries. Thankfully for Vegas, the defense stopped the Browns in the fourth quarter to give Carr and the offense another try. Even though Las Vegas won the game, it was way closer than it should’ve been, and closer than most people expected.