It’s back on the road again in week eight for the Oakland Raiders as they head east. What must they do to swipe a victory in Cleveland?
Subplot: Trap game potential
It’s their first road game in a month, which by itself could present a challenge for the Oakland Raiders. The fact that it is against the lowly Cleveland Browns who could be starting a rookie quarterback with a rookie head coach makes it even tougher not to check of the box and look to the next week, especially since the next week is a visit to the world champion Seattle Seahawks. This week has “trap game” written all over it.
Matt Schaub must play smart against Joe Haden and Justin Gilbert
In order to avoid such a pitfall the Raiders will need a good game from their quarterback. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a high stats affair, but Matt Schaub must be sure to play it smart and protect the football. He will be going against a highly underrated Browns defense led by a new tandem of top quality cornerbacks in Pro Bowler Joe Haden and rookie 1st round pick Justin Gilbert. The worst thin Oakland can do is give them extra chances with turnovers.
Charles Woodson and linebackers must beware Jordan Cameron
For the Oakland Raiders defense, much of their game planning will center around the fate of wide receiver Josh Gordon, who continues to appeal his NFL suspension and also whether they will face Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel at quarterback. However, one surefire problem they will have to handle either way is emerging tight end Jordan Cameron. He is becoming a serious weapon in the passing game and the Raiders will have to deal with him. Free safety Charles Woodson will draw much of the responsibility covering him, as will the linebackers such as Nick Roach and rookie Khalil Mack. How they fare will determine the outcome.