The Titans beat the Browns 28-26 this afternoon
The Browns made it a nail-biter at the end. The Titans had a nice lead throughout though. It was a convincing win that they almost let slip away.
The Browns controlled the end of the game. The Titans scored with 6:54 left in the fourth and did not get the ball back until the final kneel down. The Browns scored on a touchdown pass to Terrelle Pryor Sr. and a diving run by Duke Johnson Jr. A failed two point conversion and failed onsides kick(second of the fourth quarter) cost the Browns the opportunity to steal a win. It was an impressive ending for the Browns, even in defeat.
Player of the game
Kendall Wright was studly today. The Browns have a speedy agile wide receiver in Andrew Hawkins. Somehow, Wright’s speed caught the Browns off-guard. He got open deep for a 48 yard touchdown and was regularly too fast on his short post routes from the slot. Coach Mike Mularkey singled out Terry Robiske’s coaching of Wright during the week as the reason for his success. Wright had 6 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown in the first half. He finished with 8 catches for 133 yards. It was a very impressive afternoon for Wright, whom only had three catches previously.
Getting it done anyway
DeMarco Murray struggled through this one. He was shutdown in the first half, only getting 24 yards on the ground. He finished with 65 yards and a touchdown off of 21 carries. Center Ben Jones seemed to struggle with Danny Shelton making it difficult for Murray to find room to run. Murray will have days like this. It was nice to see Murray press on through the hard day and help “eat up the clock” for the victory.
Taking what is given
Marcus Mariota looked to all the fantasy football players, he did. Delanie Walker was held in check with just one catch for 21 yards. Tajae Sharpe didn’t have a catch. DeMarco Murray did not record a catch either. Mariota rolled out often and tried to buy time, but the Browns defense was playing very well in coverage, despite Joe Haden being a last minute scratch. It was a rough week for the Titans fantasy football people.
Mariota ran 64 yards and threw for 284 yards with three touchdowns. Occasionally, Mariota rolled out and forced a pass-one time leading to an interception. Often times, he threw the ball away or slid for positive yardage. Mariota was a nice dual threat.
The Titans defense was not very impressive. They allowed Cody Kessler to throw for more than 300 yards and struggled to cover Pryor. They did stuff the run well, but when it came time to clamp down on the Browns and end the game, they couldn’t. It’s OK. The Titans are learning to win as a team. The defense needs to win, not try to hang on.
Brian Orakpo has had a sack in each of the last five games.
“The fans were outstanding. I mean outstanding,” Mularkey said. “What a difference this place is when we have support. What an ally”
Marc Mariani changed direction on a punt return. The change of direction forced Antonio Andrews to come back toward Mariani. Browns safety Jordan Poyer was chasing Mariani alongside a teammate of his. Andrews came back and nailed Poyer with his shoulder. It was a huge hit. He was called for a penalty as the refs called it a blindside block. Poyer’s teammates obstructed his view some and it seemed simply to be a nice block. After the game, Mularkey stated that he thought the block was legal. Poyer would roll around on the ground, then on one knee, then take his helmet off. He was in some pain due to the hit. He left the game to go to the hospital with concussion and abdominal injuries. It did not seem dirty. It seemed like an unfortunate consequence of a violent game. Hopefully Poyer feels better soon.