3. Star WRs vs MMCNB
The Browns entered the season with one of the most highly touted skill position groups in the NFL and they got to open the year at home against an underrated group of DBs.
Looking back on the season, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry both had 1,000-yard seasons, but neither made an impact in Week 1. Nearly half of Beckham’s yards came when the Browns were wasting time before the half and the Titans gave him the short passes to burn time, and while Landry’s yards are a bit more indicative of his impact on the game both still were the targets on two of the three interceptions on the day.
This was also the first time that we got to see a little bit of how much Malcolm Butler would mean to the defense this year. People forget, but there is a strong argument to be made that Butler was drawing the most difficult assignments week in and week out.
If Butler can be a stud again for the Titans this season and if Adoree Jackson keeps getting better and better, then this group of DBs may be one of the strengths of this Titans team.