The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Titans vs. Browns
After losing to the Cleveland Browns two years in a row, the Tennessee Titans finally got a win against them. The Titans now sit at 3-3, while the Browns fall to 0-6. Forget the records, this turned out to be a close and competitive game. Let’s look at the good, the bad, and the ugly game notes.
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• Kendall Wright looked good. He caught 8 balls for 133 yards and a touchdown. He consistently found the open space in the zone and made a play.
• Marcus Mariota looked good for the second week in a row. On the first play of the game, he took off for a 41 yard gain. He spread the ball out, hitting multiple targets for multiple touchdowns.
• The team had another six sack game. Avery Williamson, Sean Spence, Derrick Morgan, Jurrell Casey, Wesley Woodyard, and oh yeah, Brian Orakpo all had one.
• Tajae Sharpe is still struggling. I’m starting to wonder if Coach Mularkey publicly calling him out has hurt his confidence.
• DeMarco Murray didn’t have a bad game, but it wasn’t the dominant performance we’ve gotten used to. Here’s the problem: it looked more like the runs he had in Philadelphia with the Eagles, taking hand offs from shotgun. Murray is the kind of runner who needs to build up momentum before taking the hand off.
• The defense failed to stop the Browns on two fourth down plays that could have put the game away. I have to give Cody Kessler props for being able to escape in the pocket and extend the plays.
• Rashad Johnson touched an onside kick that didn’t go ten yards allowing Cleveland to recover the ball.
• The team came mighty close to letting Cleveland come back on them again.
• Jason McCourty got called on a long pass interference penalty that was overthrown and likely headed out of bounds.
All in all, it was a good day for the Tennessee Titans. As long as the good out weighs the bad and ugly, it usually is. For the Cleveland Browns, although their comeback effort fell short, their future looks bright. I was impressed with Cody Kessler, and if the Browns decide to stick with him they have a ton of draft picks to put talent around him.