National Football League

                        === Browns hold off Raiders ===
 Oakland,  CA (Sports  Network) -  Brandon  Weeden threw  for 364  yards and  a
 touchdown  to help the Cleveland Browns take a 20-17 decision over the Oakland
 Raiders on Sunday.
 Weeden  overcame two  first half interceptions to complete 25-of-36 throws. He
 led an important touchdown march late in the fourth quarter to help secure the
 victory, the Browns' (4-8) first on the road this season.
 "You  evaluate quarterbacks based on winning and in the last seven weeks we're
 4-3,"  said Browns  coach Pat  Shurmur. "At  the end  of the  day, you  want a
 quarterback  that can  help lead your team  to victory, and that's where I see
 the improvement."
 Trent  Richardson capped  Cleveland's final score with a touchdown run. He ran
 for 72 yards on 20 carries to give the Browns their second straight victory.
 Josh  Gordon finished with a career-high in both receptions and yards, hauling
 in six passes for 116 yards and a touchdown in the win.
 Carson Palmer passed for 351 yards and two touchdowns on 34-of-54 attempts for
 Oakland  (3-9),  but  his  interception  in the  fourth  led  to  the  Browns'
 Brandon Myers hauled in a career-high 14 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown
 in the Raiders' fifth straight loss.
 The Browns were able to maintain a 10-3 advantage going into the third quarter
 after  Sebastian  Janikowski's 61-yard  attempt sailed  wide right just before
 halftime. On their first drive of the second half, Cleveland extended its lead
 to 10 thanks to a Phil Dawson field goal.
 Weeden and Richardson helped set up Dawson's 35-yard kick after the two hooked
 up for a 21-yard gain on 4th-and-2.
 On  the ensuing  drive, Palmer led the Raiders into Browns' territory, but was
 sacked  on  third down  for a 7-yard  loss, pushing Oakland  out of field goal
 range and forcing them to punt.
 After  hooking up  with Gordon  for  a 20-yard  completion, a  Weeden pass  to
 Mohamed  Massaquoi went for  54 yards to the Oakland 16, but the drive stalled
 and  the  Browns were  forced to try  a field goal.  However, Dawson's had his
 28-yard  attempt  blocked and  Oakland  immediately  responded to  the  change
 in momentum.
 On the fourth play of the series, Palmer hooked up with Rod Streater for a 64-
 yard touchdown to make it 13-10 in the final seconds of the third quarter.
 The  Raiders then forced  the Browns to punt and Palmer had the Raiders on the
 move  again,  helping to  reach the  Cleveland 33 by  throwing for three first
 downs.  However, he  then tried going deep  for Juron Criner, but his pass was
 underthrown and intercepted by Sheldon Brown with 9:31 left in the game.
 "We  can't  turn the ball over  right there," said Raiders coach Dennis Allen.
 "We've  got  all the  momentum, we're moving  the ball and  we can't have that
 self-inflicted wound right there."
 Cleveland  made Oakland pay,  forcing them to use all three of its timeouts in
 chewing  up just over six minutes of the fourth quarter clock to reach the end
 The  Raiders had several chances to stop the Browns from driving, but couldn't
 get a stop. They hurt themselves after Desmond Bryant was called for a neutral
 zone  infraction on third down, resulting in a first down for Cleveland on the
 Oakland 5.
 Two plays later, Richardson walked his way into the end zone on a 3-yard score
 to  cap a  14-play, 94-yard  march to  put Cleveland  on top  20-10 with  3:27
 Palmer  got the Raiders  into the end zone on the ensuing drive, but it came a
 little  too  late. He connected  with Myers for  a 17-yard touchdown, but left
 just one second left on the game clock.
 After  Janikowski's onside kick attempt went out of bounds, Weeden took a knee
 to end the game.
 Weeden  was picked off by Matt Giordano on the Browns' first possession of the
 game  as he  tried to  get the  ball to  Benjamin Watson  near the  goal line,
 however the Raiders couldn't capitalize following the turnover.
 Dawson  capped a  13-play drive with a  41-yard field goal early in the second
 quarter to give the Browns a 3-0 lead.
 Weeden needed just two plays to extend their advantage, as he found Gordon for
 a 44-yard touchdown to make it 10-0.
 Oakland  finally  got moving on  its fifth touch of  the ball game, getting in
 range  for  a Janikowski 51-yard field  goal. The kick  was set up by two long
 runs by Jeremy Stewart before Palmer found Denarius Moore for an 11-yard gain.
 Weeden  tried going deep again to Gordon late in the first half, but this time
 he underthrew him and Phillip Adams came up with the interception.
 The Raiders used the remaining 1:10 left in the half to move 49 yards down the
 field,  but Janikowski's 61-yard attempt sailed wide right, keeping the Browns
 ahead 10-3 at the halfway point.
                                   Game Notes
 Dawson  had made  29 consecutive  field  goals before  his kick  in the  third
 quarter  was  blocked ... Giordano, Adams  and Mike Mitchell all left the game
 with  concussions  ... Cleveland has won  five of the past seven meetings with
 the  Raiders ...  Oakland had  won  the previous  two home  games against  the
 Browns ... Palmer fell to 9-4 all-time  against Cleveland  ... Watson finished
 with  six catches  for 80  yards ...  Raiders' Darrius  Heyward-Bey hauled  in
 four  catches for 40 yards ... The Browns converted on just 3-of-11 third down
 12/02 21:56:33 ET