The Cleveland Browns had the opportunity to essentially lock up a spot in the expanded NFL playoffs with a victory over the Las Vegas Raiders Sunday. Heading into a bye week and with an easy schedule ahead, Cleveland laid down for their opponent. The Raiders were more physical at the point of contact and ran all over the Browns defense to the tune of 206 yards on 44 carries as Las Vegas earned a 16-6 win in Cleveland.

The Browns missed tackles, dropped passes and committed boneheaded penalties. They were terrible in every facet of the game, and it is difficult to identify a player that might have done well. The play-calling from Cleveland defensive coordinator Joe Woods showed an incredible lack of situational awareness. Las Vegas possessed the ball for 37:43 and limited big gains from Kareem Hunt.

It was not exactly pretty but, in a battle against another potential AFC playoff team, the Raiders imposed their will on the Browns.

Las Vegas was more physical at the point of contact. The team did a better job of limiting big plays by the opposing running back while creating some of their own. The Raiders surpassed 200 rushing yards on the day on 44 carries while possessing the ball 15 minutes longer than their competitor.

Penalties were an issue in the first quarter but the mistakes were cleaned up over the course of the game. Las Vegas had a +1 turnover differential on the day despite a -5 turnover differential coming into the afternoon.

Baker Mayfield (12-of 25 attempts, 122 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs, 62.4 rating) also had at least four of his passes dropped, and one of them ended in disaster when rookie tight end Harrison Bryant was stripped after an 8-yard catch to the Raiders’ 30 on the Browns’ opening drive. Vegas didn’t cash in, but when you only have six possessions, one can’t end in a fumble. Jarvis Landry (4-of-11 targets, 52 yards) dropped two passes and David Njoku Hunt each dropped one.

The Browns are headed into a bye week with a 5-3 record yet searching for answers. The good news is that the back half of their schedule features some of the worst teams in the league: Jaguars, Jets, Giants, Texans and Eagles. Their postseason fate is still very much in the air.