Cleveland Browns

Week 7 Rapid React: Browns vs Titans

The Cleveland Browns fall to 0-7 on the year as they lost to the Tennessee Titans (4-3) 12-9 in overtime.

However the bigger concern is the status of left tackle Joe Thomas who left the game in the third quarter with a tricep injury, ending his consecutive snap streak of 10,363 which is considered to be the longest streak in the history of the NFL.

It’s unknown how severe the injury is but the fact Thomas didn’t return to action leaves major cause for concern.

In what was a matchup between two of the worst defenses in terms of points allowed, both Cleveland and Tennessee brought their best effort on the defensive side of the ball.

The Browns once again made a quarterback change in game as DeShone Kizer was benched in the third quarter after two interceptions on back to back drives.

Kizer went 12-20 for 114 yards and two interceptions.

Hue Jackson has shown he isn’t scared to make in game changes at the position and did just that inserting Cody Kessler.

Kessler went 10-19 for 121 yards and an interception and was also sacked two times as he was running for his life without Joe Thomas protecting his blindside.

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota still recovering from his hamstring injury was limited to running from outside of the pocket which led to two sacks by the Browns defense, one each for Jamie Collins and Myles Garrett.

Mariota finished 21-34 for 203 yards passing and had just one carry for 8 yards.

Both running attacks for both teams were shut down by the opposing defenses. Cleveland ran for 66 yards on 26 carries while Tennessee had just 80 yards on 32 carries.

David Njoku led the way receiving for Cleveland with 58 yards on two catches. Duke Johnson saw a slight increase in offensive production with 71 yards from scrimmage on 13 touches. Isaiah Crowell had 61 yards on 21 touches.

Titans tight end Delanie Walker led the way on offense with 7 catches for 63 yards.

The Browns defense had their best complete game of the season, limiting the Titans offense to 269 total offensive yards.

Their run defense which was 6th in the NFL coming in shut down the two-headed running attack of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry while the secondary which was missing Jason McCourty and Jabrill Peppers stepped up and played well.

A loss is still a loss though and one of the biggest takeaways from this loss was the number of penalties. The Browns committed 12 penalties for 81 yards which helped the Titans get into field goal range during the game.

That’s on the coaching staff for not correcting mistakes and not holding players accountable for those mistakes.

The team will travel to London next week for the first time in almost 30 years to play the Minnesota Vikings then they’ll hit the bye week.

It’s unknown who will be the starting quarterback will be but Hue Jackson will determine who gives the best chance to win because next week may very well be Jackson’s last game as head coach of the Cleveland Browns especially if they don’t win.

 

 

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