10. How does it affect the 2020 game?
These two will face each other again in 2020, and it is worth mentioning that there has been a fair amount of change in both teams since their last meeting.
Cleveland has a new head coach and is going to try to be more disciplined, which should result in less mind-numbing penalties and ejections on the field. Speaking of on the field though, the Browns offensive line is no longer a joke now that they have added Jedrick Wills and Jack Conklin to man the tackle spots.
Also, expect the Browns to be more run-heavy with Nick Chubb really developing well and with Austin Hooper now added to the roster to give them the personnel to run more 2TE sets.
For the Titans, they have a new QB who helped make them one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL in 2019. Beyond the obvious, they will also have an RB2 and won’t just hand the Browns TFLs by putting Dion Lewis on the field.
Combine that with an injection of young talent on defense like Jeffery Simmons, Derick Roberson, Vic Beasley, and D’Andre Walker as well as A.J. Brown and Jonnu Smith who are the newly established WR1 and TE1 respectively, and you have a much different team on both sides of the ball.
Of the players still left, I think the most important matchup to watch is one that we haven’t even talked about and that is Kevin Byard vs Baker Mayfield. Now that Byard has seen Mayfield up close (and picked him off) it should mean that Byard will have a better feel for what he does well and how best to attack that.