2020 has been a really weird year, I think we can all agree on that. But out of everything to come out of this living nightmare, the thing I am most shocked about is that the Cleveland Browns are 8-3. You read that correctly and no, you are not having a stroke. THE CLEVELAND BROWNS ARE 8-3. Now, I should note that out of those eight wins, 6 have come against teams whose records are under .500 and they got stomped by both the Steelers and the Ravens but still. I never thought in my lifetime that I would see a Browns team a full five games over 500. To be honest, it is a little unsettling.
This week they will face a team similar to the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Tennessee Titans. This will serve as a true “statement” or “prove it” game for the Browns. The Titans are coming off a dominant few weeks of upsetting both the Ravens and the Colts on the road. Derrick Henry has turned on another gear and AJ Brown is destroying defenders.
This Titans offense is a juggernaut at the moment, it’s the best way to describe them as they can run over you, smash you in the mouth and put up 20 plus points in the blink of an eye. The Browns have a good defense but it’s hard to tell whether or not it is good enough to keep up with this Titans squad. The last time these two played each other in Week 1 of the 2019 season. The Browns were coming in with all the hype and not much was being said about the Titans. Tennessee ended up winning it 43-13 and it was never even close.
This game is similar. The Browns are coming in with all the hype of being a team that is 8-3, Baker Mayfield seems to finally be living up to the hype of the quarterback he is supposed to be and it seems like new head coach Kevin Stefanski is getting something out of this team that other coaches couldn’t get. But the Titans are still the Titans and they may be quiet and may not get all the attention, but they will run it up on you in a heartbeat.
Titans Keys to the Game:
Tennessee Titans, Stopping the Run: The Browns have the most talented running back duo in the NFL. Kareem Hunt filled in admirably for Nick Chubb when he hit the IR but Chubb is back and the Browns can run. Those two average more yards per game for the Browns offense than any other team in the NFL. They are used well in the passing game and they can easily burn clock.
Browns Keys to the Game:
Cleveland Browns, Blow up the Line: In the Titans backfield lives a running back who isn’t too shabby himself in Derrick Henry. The Browns will get Myles Garrett back this week and he will set the tone for how aggressive the defensive front is against a very good Tennessee offensive line that buys their offense time and running room.
Titans vs. Browns Prediction:
The Browns are 8-3 but point to a killer win on the schedule.
Browns 24 Titans 32
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com