CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Browns are hoping that a recent game against the Oakland Raiders will help them prepare for a trip to the Super Bowl this year.
The Browns, winners of eight straight, defeated the Raiders, 38-28, in Oakland on Sunday, but they will have to play without starting running back Joe Mixon, who tore his ACL on the opening play of the fourth quarter.
The Browns also lost starting cornerback Kevin Johnson to a sprained knee.
Coach Hue Jackson said Mixon could be out for about a month, and that the Browns had no choice but to rely on Johnson, who is a former first-round draft pick by the Raiders.
Mixon has missed five games in his career with two surgeries.
The Raiders lost starting safety Tyvon Branch to a season-ending shoulder injury in the fourth.
That left the Browns with just safety Tashaun Gipson, who was on the field for most of the second half, for coverage.
Jackson said he thought Mixon played well against the Raiders because he’s always been a dynamic athlete and was the team’s best player.
He was limited by the ankle injury he sustained in the season opener against Washington.
The two teams will meet in the AFC title game on Jan. 1 at NRG Stadium.