The Browns are fresh off an amazing game with the Bengals...with Baker showing that he not only is an NFL QB, but he has the ability to carry the team when needed. I truly believe the fetters are off and we will see the new (back to the future) Baker from here on out.
To this week:
The Passing Game
The Raiders have 214 more yards on exactly the same number of pass attempts. The big difference is in the 40+ passes, where the Browns only have 1 on the season. Baker has more TD's, but he also has more INT's. Both have given up 11 sacks.
As for opposition, the Raiders have faced 2 top 10 teams (based on QBR against), the Chiefs (2) and Bucs (6). The Browns have faced 4 in the top 11, the Colts (1), Steelers (5), WFT (8), and the Ravens (11). The Browns have also faced 3 of the top 6 sacking defenses, the Raiders 1 in the top 10. In fact the team closest to our sack totals is the Bills...and they lost that game. The Raiders have only 7 sacks on the season. The WORST the Browns have faced was the Bengals (10) and we won both games.
The Running Game
The Raiders 418 LESS yards rushing than the Browns on 46 fewer carries. In other words, they don't run much, and they don't run well. On the defensive side, the Browns are giving up only 3.8 y/c, the Raiders 4.6. In fact, the Browns have given up only 2 plays of over 20 yards on the season, where the Raiders have given up 5 20+, and 1 over 40.
As for opposition, they have faced equally tough run defenses, so no advantage see there.
The Browns are 3-0 at home averaging 33.7 to 24.3, nearly a 10 point margin
The Raiders are 2-1 on the road averaging 31.3 to 32.7, giving up more than they score
Browns will keep pace through the air, but have a distinct advantage on the ground