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Tennessee Titans vs Cleveland Browns

This week, the Cleveland Browns tackle the Tennessee Titans in Week 7 of the NFL common season. Our position-by-position analysis and sport prediction are beneath.

Place-by-Place Evaluation


Quarterback

  • Marcus Mariota had an excellent 2016 season, throwing for 26 touchdowns and simply 9 interceptions. He hasn't been as sharp in 2017, throwing for Four touchdowns and Four interceptions in Four.5 video games.
  • The dimension of Mariota’s sport that makes him actually robust to defend is his mobility. In his first 4 video games this yr, he ran 20 instances for 116 yards and three touchdowns. However he suffered a hamstring damage in Week Four, missed Week 5, after which returned final week. He was nonetheless capable of be efficient from the pocket, however he needed to keep there, ending the sport with no dashing yards. His mobility ought to enhance this week a little bit, however that space of his sport ought to stay restricted.
  • The Browns are going again to DeShone Kizer after the one-week experiment with Kevin Hogan, and Cody Kessler would be the No. 2 quarterback for the primary time this season. Kizer was inaccurate and a redzone turnover machine throughout his 5 begins, exhibiting an incapability to course of selections rapidly. It’s exhausting to think about that has modified drastically after one week of remark.

Operating Again

  • The Titans have one of many higher one-two punches at operating again within the NFL. DeMarco Murray is battling by means of a hamstring damage proper now, but when he can play, he has 68 rushes for 313 yards (Four.6 YPC) and a pair of TD on the yr. His backup, Derrick Henry, has 62 carries for 318 yards (5.1 YPC) and a pair of TD. Every again has proven big-play potential with 75- and 72-yard dashing touchdowns, respectively. Neither of them are concerned very a lot as receivers.
  • We're nonetheless ready for that massive breakout sport from Isaiah Crowell. He averaged Four.eight YPC final week towards the Texans, however an enormous deficit at halftime killed the run calls within the second half once moreDuke Johnson is as much as 5.6 YPC on the season, however had his least productive receiving day final week: Three catches for -1 yards on 5 targets, and quarterbacks had been intercepted on 2 of these targets.

Large Receiver / Tight Finish

  • With rookie Corey Davis nonetheless on the shelf to damage, the Titans' high two receivers are Rishard Matthews and Eric Decker. Decker is coming off his best sport of the season, however he is solely a possession-type receiver. Matthews will stretch the sphere extra and will have some performs to make if Jason McCourty is out.
  • Tennessee likes to be a run-dominant group, so we’ll see numerous two tight finish seems to be from them. In the event that they do make the most of a 3rd receiver, it’ll be rookie Taywan Taylor. He solely has 7 catches on the yr, however two of them went for 42 and 53 yards.
  • Their major tight ends embrace Delanie Walker and Jonnu Smith. Walker is the group's main receiver, however got here down with a calf damage late within the week and is questionable. Smith has nearly solely been a blocking tight finish, however does have landing grabs of 32 and 24 yards.
  • For our requirements, the Browns had one thing going with Kasen Williams and Bryce Treggs over the previous two video games. However Kenny Britt is anticipated to make his return this week after being absent for 2 video games. I believe his position will however minimize down in order that he solely performs about 40% of the snaps. If he's an everydown participant, I believe it sends the incorrect message in gentle of Williams having stepped up.
  • A Browns tight finish has caught a landing in 4 of the previous 5 video gamesDavid Njokuhas 2 catches for zero yards final week, however Hue Jackson mentioned that they had a number of massive performs dialed up for him that he feels they missed on. Might they return to them this week?

Offensive Line

  • The Titans’ beginning offensive line consists of LT Taylor Lewan, LG Quinton Spain, C Ben Jones, RG Josh Kline, and RT Jack Conklin. Cleveland has didn't make the most of a protracted string of match-ups towards beneath common offensive traces. Now, they sq. off towards a extremely good line, together with a Professional Bowl caliber participant in Lewan at left deal withMarcus Mariota has been sacked Three instances in 142 go makes an attempt. His backup, Matt Cassel, has been sacked eight instances in 42 go makes an attempt. Fairly a distinction.
  • I requested out Titans affiliate the place their space of weak spot is that this yr, they usually pointed on the inside with Spain and Jones at left guard and middle, respectively. Do not forget that two of DE Myles Garrett’s sacks have come on stunts to that space.
  • Regardless of J.C. Tretter and Shon Coleman being questionable final week, each gamers had been off the damage report for Week 7 and look like OK. It’s fairly spectacular that Cleveland’s line has but to overlook a single snap by means of six video games.

Defensive Line

  • The Titans run a Three-Four protection that includes DE DaQuan Jones, NT Sylvester Williams, and DT Jurrell Casey up entrance. Williams’ motion might be restricted, and Casey has traditionally been the largest risk on Tennessee’s entrance. This yr is not any totally different, as he has 2 sacks and a team-high eight quarterback hits. He’ll transfer round all sport lengthy, however ought to primarily be matched up towards the Browns’ guards.
  • The chains are presupposed to be off of DE Myles Garrett this week, and whereas I’m certain the Titans will gameplan for him, it’s nonetheless thrilling information. The place he must be on high of his sport, although, is as a run defender. I've little question that Tennessee could have a run-heavy strategy as a result of a) that’s the kind of group they're, and b) Marcus Mariota’s mobility remains to be restricted. They might have LT Taylor Lewan bait Garrett upfield, solely to run within his spot on a delay.
  • The Browns get the sting right here as a result of their depth is much superior they usually have gamers will some actual strengths (Garrett vs. the go, and Danny Shelton and Larry Ogunjobi vs. the run).

Linebacker

  • The Titans' beginning linebackers are OLB Derrick Morgan, ILB Wesley Woodyard, ILB Avery Williamson, and OLB Brian Orakpo. This can be a veteran unit, and Woodyard has been one of many NFL’s finest run defenders at linebacker and Williamson leads the group in tackles. Morgan leads the group with Three sacks, however is battling an belly damage this week.
  • Earlier than lengthy, we’re going to want to begin having some discussions about what's going on with the Browns’ linebackers. Jamie Collins is the group’s worst-graded defender, and Christian Kirksey hasn’t been significantly better. Quarterbacks have practically an ideal passer score towards them and are concentrating on their protection areas week after week. What ought to be a energy for Cleveland has truly been a whole non-factor.

Secondary

  • The Titans’ beginning cornerbacks embrace Adoree' Jackson and Logan Ryan, with LeShaun Sims because the nickelback. Jackson, the group’s 18th total choose, has been up-and-down this season, however the final two weeks have been trending upward. The trio doesn't have a single interception this season.



    • Tennessee's safeties embrace FS Kevin Byard and SS Da'Norris Searcy. Byard has continued to play nicely into his second yr. Searcy has crammed in very nicely for starter Johnathan Cyprien.
    • It’s robust to evaluate who will get the benefit within the secondary, particularly since I've my doubts that Jason McCourty will be capable to face his former group after coming down with an ankle damage throughout the week. However as a result of Tennessee primarily runs two receiver units, they’d nonetheless have Jamar Taylor and Briean Boddy-Calhoun good-to-go.
    • The Browns’ security place continues to underwhelm, and Jabrill Peppers is coping with a toe damage this week.


    Particular Groups

    • Ryan Succop is the Titans' kicker. He joined the Titans in 2014, and thru 2016, probably the most makes an attempt he'd had in a season was 24. We're 6 video games into the 2017 season, and he is already 16-of-17 on area targets. The longest area aim of his profession went for 54 yards, and he is not likely often known as a protracted distance specialist.
    • Brett Kern is the Titans' punter. He is 2nd within the NFL in punt common (51.5), simply forward of the Browns' Britton Colquitt (third place at 50.5). Kern has the sting in internet common (46.9), the place he ranks 2nd within the NFL in comparison with Colquitt's 42.2 internet common (eighth place).
    • CB Adoree Jackson handles kickoffs and punts for the Titans, and he may be lighting quick. His longest kick return this yr went for 48 yards. He additionally has a 46-yard punt return. With S Jabrill Peppers coping with a toe damage, we would see WR Bryce Treggs on return duties for Cleveland.

    Predictions

    Listed here are predictions from a number of workers members at DBN.

    Chris Pokorny: “I at all times assume that one week, issues will go an NFL group’s approach — Cleveland did beat San Diego final yr, in spite of everything. The Browns have additionally performed semi-competitive house video games towards Pittsburgh and New York (Jets), with one lopsider in between vs. the Bengals. However even with Mariota’s restricted mobility, he’ll get the ball out fast and discover sufficient success handing the ball off. Tennessee has protection vulnerabilities, however I haven’t seen a motive but to consider that Kizer will be capable to make the most of them.” Titans 23, Browns 17.

    Matt Wooden: “Browns stink. Kizer seems to be higher however nonetheless makes a number of unhealthy turnovers. Hue does not bench Kizer. On protection the crew offers it a great go however some learn choice opens up some enormous runs for the Titans late as they draw back. Hue faces a should win subsequent week in London.” Titans 31, Browns 10.

    Mike Hoag: “I count on one other massive loss right here. The Titans offense ought to rating sufficient to counter any success Kizer and the Browns’ lackluster offense can muster towards their beatable protection.” Titans 31, Browns 17.

    Andrea Hangst: “Although the Titans have not been nearly as good this yr as many had predicted, the Browns should not current a lot of a problem. Tennessee has the higher offense and higher cohesion as a group whereas the Browns proceed to battle with their newest try to enhance.” Titans 24, Browns 10.

    Robo Dawg: “Browns protection continues to over pursue and the schematic angel continues to strategy the ball poorly. We proceed to depart the middle of the sphere uncovered with predictable zone protection and the Titans opportunistically rating Four TDs. In the meantime, Kizer comes out indignant and inaccurate, and the Browns have Three Pink Zone turnovers. Regardless of wanting dominant on each offense and protection, Browns lose.” Titans 28, Browns 10.

    Joshua Finney: “ZzzZzzzzZZZzzz. Browns truly match up (on paper) higher vs the Titans; gimpy Mariota and a group that wishes to pound it on the bottom, which is the energy of this Browns protection. I’m certain they’ll discover a extra ingenious approach to lose than they've lately . Delanie Walker fantasy homeowners about to HAVE A DAY.” Titans 27, Browns 16.

    apocrylle: “The Titans struggling protection is simply what Kizer must get right into a rhythm in his return as he delivers within the crimson zone for one landing go and does not flip the ball over as soon as. Crow has his finest day of the yr on the bottom with over 100 yards and a landing. Duke provides one late on the bottom. Mariota is pressured within the pocket by Garrett all sport however comes up with a number of massive throws over the center on the half and within the two minute drill. The Browns barely cling on because the Titans miss a chip shot area aim with time expiring.” Browns 27, Titans 24.

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