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Browns face different test today vs. Raiders

Derek Anderson, Browns QBThe Browns, after beating up an admittedly questionable Bengals defense last week, have a new challenge ahead of them:  the Oakland Raiders.  The test in question is different in many ways.  Firstly, the Raiders are “offensively challenged”, especially at quarterback.  You have Josh McCown (38-of-56, 386 yards, 3 TD, 5 INT) behind center.  That could benefit the Browns’ defensive line this week.  Then you have their running back Lamont Jordan who is having a good season thus far (40 carries, 229 yards, 1 TD).  That’s someone for the Browns’ defense to key on.

But probably the most important key is this week’s performance of Browns quarterback Derek Anderson.  He is coming off a 5-TD, 328-yard performance against the Bengals last week and hopes to do more of the same today.  Funny thing about Anderson – 2 weeks ago, he was the backup to now Seahawks QB Charlie Frye and now is the starter.  How he does today and in the short-term future will dictate how soon reserve QB Brady Quinn becomes the starter.

The Raiders currently have one of the worst pass defenses (272 yards allowed – ranked 29th), but I would expect to improve as their core nucleus hasn’t changed all that much from last season.  But still, they will be a challenge to a Browns team that has been thin, stat-wise, at quarterback.  Anderson does possess a strong arm, but unfortunately turnovers tend to hurt him and the team.  That will have to change if the Browns expect to win today and for him to retain the Browns’ starting QB job.

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