CLEVELAND (AP)Derek Carr threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow early in the fourth quarter and Daniel Carlson kicked three field goals in windy, wintry conditions along Lake Erie as the Las Vegas Raiders beat the Cleveland Browns 16-6 Sunday.
Carr’s strike to Renfrow with 14:53 to go was the game’s only TD and helped the Raiders (4-3) bounce back after they fell apart late in last week’s 45-20 loss to Tampa Bay.
Using running back Josh Jacobs and a short passing game, Carr controlled the clock in the second half and kept the ball away from the Browns (5-3).
On the Raiders’ first two drives after halftime, the first leading to their go-ahead TD and the other to Carlson’s 24-yard field goal with 4:24 left, they ate up 17:41.
Jacobs finished with a career-high 128 yards – 80 in the second half – on 31 carries. Last week, he had just 17 yards on 10 attempts.
The Raiders had allowed 10-plus points in an NFL-record 116 straight games.
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield couldn’t get anything going with Cleveland’s offense, which was without star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who suffered a season-ending knee injury last week. Mayfield, who completed 21 passes in a row in the win over Cincinnati a week ago, went 12 of 25 for 122 yards.
Mayfield’s last throw toward Jarvis Landry in the end zone was incomplete with 1:58 left, and Cody Parkey missed a 37-yard field goal to end Cleveland’s chances. Parkey did make kicks of 41 and 38 yards.
The weather was brutal.
The whipping wind, measured from the west at 35 mph at kickoff, made it difficult for both quarterbacks to throw; affected every punt and kick; and forced the 12,000 fans to bundle up as it felt more like a game in late December – or in Cleveland, early May.
Carr did an excellent job managing the clock in the final minute of the first half to set up Carlson’s 33-yard field goal as time expired to put the Raiders up 6-3. The Raiders appeared to take the lead earlier in the second quarter when Carr connected with Henry Ruggs III in the back right corner of the end zone from 11 yards. However, Ruggs was ruled out of bounds and the call was upheld – it was difficult to tell if his second foot was in – following a video review and Raiders challenge.
Las Vegas settled for Carlson’s 29-yard field goal to tie it 3-3.
Earlier, Carlson had a 41-yard attempt at the opposite end of the field blown sideways and the ball clanged off the left upright.
Cleveland’s only scoring in the first half came on Parkey’s 41-yard field, a kick that danced like a knuckleball in the wind before curving inside the uprights.
Browns DE Myles Garrett was limited by an ankle injury that kept him out of practice this week.
At one point, the NFL sacks leader was evaluated in the medical tent. He was kept out on several plays, and lacked his usual explosiveness off the line.
Raiders: Defensive tackle Maurice Hurst was carted off in the second quarter with an ankle injury and did not return. …Safety Jeff Heath’s day ended in the first half with a hip injury. … Right tackle Trent Brown, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, was inactive after he woke up not feeling well. The team said his illness was not related to coronavirus.
Browns: DT Vincent Taylor left in the fourth quarter to be checked for a concussion.
Raiders: visit the Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 8.
Browns: on their bye week before hosting the Houston Texans on Nov. 15.
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