Richardson readies for Raiders

Posted Nov 30, 2012

Browns running back Trent Richardson is looking forward to the challenge of playing against the Oakland Raiders.

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson is focused on what is in front of him, not what is in the Oakland Raiders’ past.

Richardson will rush against an Oakland Raiders defense that allowed 251 rushing yards and four touchdowns to Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin four weeks ago. Last week, the Raiders allowed Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis to rush for 129 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries.

“You can’t look at stats,” Richardson said. “You can’t look at any of that stuff because you never know. They could shut you down, like when we played Indy. People were talking about they were one of the last rushing defenses and they held us, to a certain extent and I didn’t get to finish that game. I don’t look at stats. I don’t ever judge a defense from the films or what they have done in the past. I just wait till I get out there and see what I can get.”

Richardson comes into Sunday’s game with the Raiders after rushing for 85 yards and one touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has rushed for a total of 755 yards and six touchdowns on 209 carries and also leads the team with 41 receptions. He has gained 316 yards and scored one touchdown on those 41 catches.

Rushing for nearly 100 yards against the Steelers, who had the league’s top-ranked defense entering last weekend, Richardson learned lessons about being an NFL running back.

“You’ve got to man up,” Richardson said. “It doesn’t matter if they’re hitting you before you get the ball, if they’re hitting you right at the line, it doesn’t matter what the situation is, I’ve got to hold the ball, man up and play football.”

Richardson also said that he feels that the offense is “coming together,” but is focused solely on this weekend’s game in Oakland.

“I can’t judge the whole season on one game,” Richardson said. “If we could play a one-game season, there wouldn’t be a game of football. For us, we’ve got to put that in the past and we’ve got Oakland right now. We’ve got to play this like it’s a championship game.

“It’s a day coming where we’re winning games. There’s no perfect day in this world here, as far as being on the offensive side or just playing football. You just never know. Somebody might be injured or something might happen. We catch passes and score three touchdowns, but don’t make one on the last drive that we need it on. When it comes to stuff like that, you really can’t say or predict the future. There’s no perfect day unless you win the game.”

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