NFL capsule: Raiders 2-point underdogs vs. Browns

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NFL capsule: Raiders 2-point underdogs vs. Browns

CLEVELAND (3-8) At OAKLAND (3-8)Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBSOPENING LINE - Browns by 2, per VegasInsider.com
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cleveland 6-4-1; Oakland 3-8SERIES RECORD - Raiders lead 13-8AP PRO32 RANKING - Browns No. 25, Raiders No. 31LAST MEETING - Raiders beat Browns 24-17, Oct. 16, 2011LAST WEEK - Browns beat Steelers 20-14; Raiders lost at Bengals 34-10STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Browns lost 12 straight road games starting with last year's defeat in Oakland. ... Last year's meeting was final start for Raiders QB Jason Campbell, who broke collarbone in first half. Carson Palmer acquired following week. ... Cleveland K Phil Dawson perfect on kicks this season, making all 21 FG tries and 20 PATs. Dawson made last 27 FG tries. ... Sebastian Janikowski's only miss for Oakland was 64-yard FG attempt. ... Cleveland had eight takeaways last week, most in NFL since 2001. .. Browns allowed 112 yards rushing past two weeks, holding consecutive opponents under 65 yards for first time since 1989. ... Cleveland rookie RB Trent Richardson averaging 101.8 yards rushing per game over last four. ... Browns WR Josh Gordon second among rookies with 530 yards receiving. ... Raiders lost four straight for first time since '08 and been outscored by 90 points in skid. ... The 169 points allowed in skid are second most in four-game span since 1970 merger to Tennessee's 177 in 2004. ... Palmer 9-3 all-time vs. Browns, completing 62.0 percent of passes with 25 TDs, 14 INTs for 90.6 passer rating. ... Oakland's Marcel Reece leads all RBs with 447 yards receiving. ... Raiders WR Denarius Moore's six TD catches most for franchise since Jerry Porter had six in '07. ... Oakland has one FG and 4 turnovers on 1st possession of game, while allowing 38 points on first possession for opponent.

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.

They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.

Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.

“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”

While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.

The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.

“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.

"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.

Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.

Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.

“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”

Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.

“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”