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Insane Cleveland wind plays havoc on kicks in Raiders-Browns

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The Autumn Cleveland wind is a Raider. It sure didn't seem like that early Sunday in the Raiders' 16-6 win over the Cleveland Browns, though. 

Wind was howling Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium and turned a 41-yard field goal attempt by kicker Daniel Carlson into a wild slider in the first quarter. Balls aren't supposed to change direction like this in mid-air. 

When it mattered most, however, the wind turned into the real MVP for the Raiders. With 1:58 remaining and the Raiders up 16-6, the wind pushed a 37-yard field goal attempt by Cleveland's Cody Parkey wide left. The Browns never got the ball back again. 

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There were reports Sunday that wind gusts had reached 50 mph in Cleveland, and that clearly played a big role in the Raiders' win. It wasn't a pretty game to watch, but the Silver and Black will take a win any way they can get one. The Raiders improved to 4-3 with the win, and the Browns fell to 5-3.

Just wind, baby.