Originally written November 28, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
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If it seems the Raiders can't get any lower, consider how they would feel if they lose to the Cleveland Browns. How badly do the Raiders (3-8) need a win? "Oh, very bad," defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said. "Very bad, man. Real bad. Real, real bad." Mired in their first four-game losing streak since 2008, the Raiders have given up 169 points in those games, the most since Tennessee gave up 177 points in a four-game span in 2004 and the second-most since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. And here come the Browns, who are also 3-8 and coming off a game in which they had eight takeaways and still had to fight to beat Pittsburgh 20-14 with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger not playing because of a rib injury. Cleveland has lost 12 consecutive games on the road, with the streak starting last Oct. 16 in a 24-17 loss to the Raiders in Oakland. The next three games represent the opportunity for a minor surge, given that all three games are at home. After p...
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