Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 10/18/14
No matter what happens the rest of the way, the Oakland Raiders will finish without a winning record for a 10th consecutive season. The way the Cleveland Browns have struggled on the road, it appears they're headed toward a fifth straight losing season. Oakland will try to avoid its first five-game losing streak in five seasons - and extend the Browns' franchise-record 12-game road skid - on Sunday when Cleveland rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden could return from a concussion. Expectations were high heading after the Raiders (3-8) finished one game shy of the playoffs in 2011, but those good feelings are gone as the team is riding its first four-game skid since 2008. Oakland's defense has been atrocious during this stretch, allowing 169 points - the second-most during a four-game span since the merger in 1970. The Carson Palmer-led offense generated a season-low 218 yards in last Sunday's 34-10 loss at Cincinnati, and the team has now lost three straight by 21 or more for the first time in franchise history. "It's been mind-blowing," defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said. "I would have never, in my wildest dreams, thought we would be 3-8 right now." Another loss would send the Raiders to their first six-game skid since Oct. 14-Nov. 18, 2007. Oakland, though, could get a boost in the backfield with running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson practicing after each missed the last three games with ankle sprains. "It feels like it's been a lot longer than it actually has," Palmer said. "But just good to see them in the huddle and see them get reps and see Darren smiling and hitting the hole hard, and same thing with Goody. Good for the team but also good for the offense to have those guys back." Rookie coach Dennis Allen said converted fullback Marcel Reece has "earned the right to carry the ball some" after rushing for 225 yards over the last three contests, but McFadden and Goodson would likely get the bulk of the carries if healthy. "(McFadden is) explosive," said Browns coach Pat Shurmur, whose team has allowed just 112 rushing yards over the last two games. "He's one of those guys that can score when he has the ball in his hands. ... When you have players on the field that can score touchdowns, that's what you want. With him not being in there, of course that's hurt them. With him being in there, it's obviously going to help them." The Browns (3-8) would likely be in a better position to win back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 18-25, 2011, if Weeden can go. The 29-year-old rookie suffered a concussion late in last Sunday's 20-14 win over Pittsburgh, but he was cleared to practice on Wednesday. "At this point, this early in the week he's healthy, so he goes," Shurmur said. If that changes, former starter Colt McCoy, who threw for 215 yards and two scores in a 24-17 loss at Oakland on Oct. 16, 2011, will try to guide the Browns to their first road win since beating Indianapolis on Sept. 18, 2011. "We've got Colt and Colt is going to do whatever he does," running back Trent Richardson said. "We're going to make sure Colt knows we believe in him. But I'm pretty sure Weeden's going to be back." The Raiders' defense can't be looking forward to seeing Richardson in the backfield after surrendering 728 rushing yards and nine scores since the team's last victory. Richardson has 407 rushing yards and two TDs over his last four games after finishing with 85 yards, including a go-ahead 15-yard score in the third quarter, last Sunday. That run helped Cleveland improve to 2-5 in games decided by seven or fewer points. "To finish a close game like that is big for us," Richardson said. It's uncertain if there will be an Alabama reunion between Richardson and Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain after Allen held him out of practice Wednesday for a "team-related" issue. Oakland could also be without defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee, hamstring) for a fourth consecutive game. The Raiders have won two straight at home over Cleveland by a total of nine points.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

C-USA hired PR firm to help Marshall’s playoff chances

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift, blames media for scrutiny

Report: Cowboys could limit DeMarco Murray's touches

Lakers announce Steve Nash to miss season with back issues

Is Mack Brown the best option for SMU?

Jeremy Kerley on new contract: 'Bentleys for everybody'

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Buss: Any FA who won’t play with Kobe ‘probably a loser’

NFL to start airing its own anti-domestic violence PSAs

Ex-Bronco John Boyett punched cabbie, told cops to call Elway

Former NFL QB still feels effects of concussions every day

Robert Klemko given four-week suspension from The MMQB

Michael Vick: Percy Harvin won't be a monster here

NFL teams facing potential must-win scenarios in Week 8

WATCH: Jeremy Lin poses as Adidas employee for prank

WATCH: Peyton screams at fans to 'shut the f- up!'

Father auctioning off infant son's soccer club allegiance

Love thanks T'Wolves fans in essay for not burning his jersey

WATCH: Browns WR 'kicks out' son over favorite player snub

Memorabilia dealer wants Todd Gurley reinstated immediately

Aaron Rodgers gave girlfriend Olivia Munn a 'special ring'?

The 10 college football programs with most to gain in Week 9

Most disappointing potential dynasties of divisional era

WATCH: OHL hockey coach goes off on reporter: ‘F*** you!’

PK Subban as Michael Jackson at Canadiens' Halloween party

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Brian Urlacher rips Jay Cutler

On Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and embracing newfound roles

Top NFL storylines: Week 8

Kiffin's mom worried for son's safety

Report: Goodell will have to testify

Penguins do 'O Canada' following tragedy

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.