The Oakland Raiders visit the Cleveland Browns in Week 3 of the 2015 NFL season, as both teams look for their second win of the year. The Browns are 3.5-point favorites at Las Vegas casinos.
Oakland has played a difficult schedule thus far, facing both the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens, both of whom made the playoffs in 2014. Cleveland has played the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans, who only combined to win six games last season.
Two of Oakland’s veteran defenders have been banged up this week. Both defensive end Justin Tuck and safety Charles Woodson skipped practice on Wednesday. Tuck is dealing with a knee issue, but he participated fully on Thursday. Woodson dislocated his shoulder in Week 1, though he made his way onto the field in Week 2 and is expected to play on Sunday.
The trip to Cincinnati is Oakland’s first road game of the season. The Raiders have lost 15 straight games in the eastern time zone, and they haven’t won a road game since Nov. 17, 2013.
It looked like Justin Gilbert was set to make his season debut against Oakland, but the cornerback suffered a setback on Thursday. He injured his hamstring in practice just three days before the Browns are set to host the Raiders, and now he could remain sidelined. Gilbert missed the first two games of 2015 with a strained hip flexor after playing in 14 games as a rookie in 2014.
Quarterback Josh McCown returns to the field after suffering a concussion in Week 1. He replaces Johnny Manziel, who won his first game as a starter in Week 2. Manziel has thrown three touchdowns this season, all to Travis Benjamin, who’s also returned a punt for a touchdown.
The game will start at 1:00 p.m. ET on CBS, and fans who purchase NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV can watch the game with a live stream online. Oakland played in the late afternoon in the first two weeks of the season.