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Titans at Browns Week 7

The Titans go from a must-win game to a game they should win. The Browns will be a more difficult opponent than many people think. The strength of Cleveland’s defense is stopping the run. They are the 9th best defense in the league at that phase of the game. The answer is for Titans quarterback to have a big game but that also won’t be as easy as it sounds on the surface. The quarterback played well in last week’s victory in Nashville over the Colts but Mariota’s personal running game was glaringly absent Monday night. The hamstring has had another week to heal and no mentions of any setbacks during the week.

The Browns also have Jason McCourty. The cornerback is 4th in the league in passes defended with 9. He is also tied for the league lead at his position in interceptions with 3. This is the guy to avoid on the Browns defense. He is not, or at least hasn’t done much shadow coverage work so Eric Decker could once again be Mariota’s favorite wide receiver to throw to. McCourty has an ankle problem and may not play against the Titans. Rookie Myles Garrett leads them in sacks with 3 and quarterback hits with 6. Tennessee will need the offensive line to step up with their usual dominant performance and keep Mariota off the ground. As improved as the Browns defense is they are 31st against tight ends. Delaine Walker probably can’t wait to get to northern Ohio.

The rushing attack could help with that. Both Derrick Henry and Demarco Murray should play today although Murray has been nursing a hamstring of his own. Henry has been more than up to the challenge of an increased workload anytime he is asked to take one.

The Browns offense is shaping up very different than what we saw earlier in the year. Wide receiver Kenny Britt has been in the doghouse since practice started after putting up over a thousand yards receiving last season. The quarterback position has been a question mark all season. Rookie Deshone Kizer will start the day at the helm but has averaged more interceptions than touchdowns per game this year (1.3 to 1.1) He will need to take care of the football against what will surely be a Titans defense that says no to the run and makes Kizer beat them. Duke Johnson will probably see a lot of opportunities out of the backfield as the Browns will probably need to pass to try and keep up.  Prediction Titans 38  Browns 24.

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