Browns take on Titans in search of 4th straight win, respect


CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The Browns travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans Sunday in a clash of 8-3 teams in search of a fourth straight victory.

The Browns, who are 1-3 against teams with a winning record this season, enter Week 13 leading the AFC Wild Card race while the Titans sit atop the AFC South.

Off to their best mark since 1994, the Browns look to reach nine wins for just the third time in the expansion era and the only time they were better after 11 games was in 1969, when they were 8-2-1. The Titans are off to their best start since opening 10-1 in 2008 and they have won three straight in this series.

The Browns have won their last three games by a total of 10 points.

A Cleveland win would mark the first time since 1967 that the Browns had multiple win streaks of at least four in the same season and give them a clean sweep of the AFC South.

What to watch for – Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett is expected to play after missing the past two games with COVID-19.
Garrett is tied for second in the NFL with 9 1/2 sacks and tied for the league lead with four forced fumbles.

Baker Mayfield hasn’t thrown an interception since Week 7 at Cincinnati, a span of 123 passes and the Browns have gone 4-1 in those games. He has thrown at least two touchdown passes and registered a 100+ rating in three of his past four games on road.

Browns running backs Nick Chubb (719) and Kareem Hunt (706) are the only teammates with at least 700 yards rushing apiece. Chubb, who has run for 100 yards in each of his last three games, finished second to Tennessee’s Derrick Henry, who has 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, for the league rushing crown in 2019 and Henry is running away with the NFL rushing lead in 2020.

Receiver Jarvis Landry is coming off his best game of the season that saw him catch eight passes for 143 yards and is first touchdown of the year last week at Jacksonville. Landry leads the team in catches (46) and yards (614) for the third consecutive year.

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw for 221 yards and a TD and ran for another score last week. Tannehill has 17 touchdowns combined and one interception with a 117.7 rating in six home games this season.

Henry ran for 178 yards and a season-high three touchdowns last week for Tennessee, becoming the fourth player in NFL history with three games with at least 175 yards and three rushing TDs in their first five NFL seasons. Henry has run for at least 100 yards in three straight games. Henry is Mr. December having rushed for 549 yards in 2019 and 625 yards in 2018 during the month.

Titans receiver A.J. Brown had four catches for 98 yards and a touchdown last week and also returned an onside kick 42 yards for a TD in their win over Indianapolis.

Last Week – Browns beat the Jaguars 27-25; Titans beat the Colts 45-26

The last time – Sept. 18, 2019: Titans 43, Browns 13  

Series history – Browns lead 35-32

Rankings – AP PRO32 Ranking: Browns No. 11, Titans No. 7

Points per game: Browns 18 (24.1); Titans 6 (29.5)

Total yards per game: Browns 18 (355.7); Titans 8 (385.7)

Rushing yards per game: Browns 1 (161.4); Titans 3 (158.2)

Passing yards per game: Browns 30 (194.4); Titans 22 (227.5)

Points allowed per game: Browns 21 (26.0); Titans 20 (25.9)

Total defensive yards allowed per game: Browns 17 (354.9); Titans 25 (384.1)

Rushing yards allowed per game: Browns 9 (108.2); Titans 16 (115.5)

Passing yards allowed per game: Browns 20 (246.7); Titans 28 (268.5)

Turnover ratio: Browns 6T (+5); Titans 2 (+11)

Probable starters for Browns – Offense: WR Jarvis Landry, LT Jedrick Wills Jr., LG Joel Bitonio, C JC Tretter, RG Wyatt Teller, RT Jack Conklin, TE Austin Hooper, WR Rashard Higgins., QB Baker Mayfield, RB Nick Chubb, FB Andy Janovich, TE Harrison Bryant

Defense: DE Myles Garrett, DT Sheldon Richardson, DT Larry Ogunjobi, DE Olivier Vernon, WILL Mack Wilson, MIKE B.J. Goodson, CB Kevin Johnson, CB Terrance Mitchell, SS Karl Joseph, FS Andrew Sendejo, DB Tavierre Thomas

Injury report – OUT: CB Denzel Ward (calf), WR KhaDarel Hodge (hamstring), WR Taywan Taylor (neck); QUESTIONABLE: C Nick Harris (ankle), DT Vincent Taylor (knee); EXPECTED TO PLAY: OT Jack Conklin knee), DT Jordan Elliott (knee), RB Kareem Hunt (thigh), S Sheldrick Redwine (knee), RG Wyatt Teller (calf), C JC Tretter (knee), WR Jarvis Landry (hip)

Uniforms – White jerseys, brown pants

Broadcast – Radio: 92.3 The Fan, 98.5 WNCX and the University Hospitals Cleveland Browns radio network. TV: WOIO 19 (CBS)

Kickoff – 1:03 p.m. Nissan Stadium – Nashville, Tennessee

Our prediction – Titans 29, Browns 26

Our prediction record – 8-3