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Cleveland Browns vs. Tennessee Titans - Official Game Thread

Date: December 7, 2008 Location: Nashville, TN
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Stadium: LP Field
Favorite: Titans by 14
Radio: WMMS, 100.7 FM Over/Under: 37
SBN Coverage: Music City Miracles Announcers Don Criqui & Dan Fouts

The Browns' defense is giving up an average of 9.5 points a game over the past two weeks, but we've come away with two losses against teams not known for playing solid defense. Against the 11-1 Tennessee Titans, with an absolute machine in Albert Haynesworth anchoring the entire line of scrimmage, do the Browns even have a shot? Statistically, we shouldn't. However, the Browns have played neck-and-neck with teams like the New York Giants, Washington Redskins, and Indianapolis Colts, even when our offense was horrible in two of those games. With the quarterback play we've seen from Derek Anderson this season, to suddenly think that there will be some type of "dropoff" under Ken Dorsey is kind of laughable. Funny enough, this is just about the only week this season I haven't heard complaints about our quarterback situation, and that is a relief.

Now then, let's start off this week's preview with the overall team statistics thus far...


Category Browns Titans
Points Scored 17.8 (27th) 25.3 (7th)
Passing 169.8 (29th) 186.3 (24th)
Rushing 105.5 (23rd) 138.7 (6th)
Total Offense (yards) 275.3 (27th) 325.0 (18th)


Category Browns Titans
Points Scored 20.6 (9th) 14.6 (2nd)
Passing 215.5 (17th) 184.6 (4th)
Rushing 141.3 (26th) 97.2 (12th)
Total Defense (yards) 356.8 (27th) 281.8 (5th)

Dorsey could manage the offense, but has not started in three years. QB - Kerry Collins has revamped his career with solid veteran play.
Jamal Lewis is having a down year and should have a tough time inside. RB - Chris Johnson ripped the Lions -- will he do the same to the Browns?
With Winslow out, the Browns lose a potential edge they could have had here. - WR - Although they are still seeking a No. 1 receiver, Justin Gage is close to being that.
They'll have their hands full against a bull-rushing Titans defensive line. OL - Kerry Collins has been sacked just seven times this year, and he's not a mobile guy.
The Browns have Shaun Rogers. DL - The Titans have Jevon Kearse, Kyle Vanden Bosch, and Albert Haynesworth.
The tackling has been better, but that may deteriorate today against a quick Chris Johnson. LB - Keith Bulluck would be a nice addition to the Browns defense.
McDonald and Wright have played well the past several weeks. DB - The Titans are known more for stopping the run, but they are ranked fourth in pass defense.
Will Joshua Cribbs be less of a factor...because he's playing QB? - ST Titans kicker Rob Bironas is 14-of-17 on field goals this year...and that's just from the 40-49 range!

FINAL PREDICTION: Tennessee Titans 20, Cleveland Browns 7.
The Titans can blow out teams, but that is not what they are about. They are about getting ahead and maintaining that lead with an efficient offense and shutdown defense. This game could be 13-7 in the fourth quarter, with the Titans putting together a long drive late to put the nail in the coffin. I know I said it probably wouldn't be wise to play Joshua Cribbs as quarterback often, but deep down inside I would still love to see it.

This is the official gameday topic for the Cleveland Browns in Week 14 as they take on the Tennessee Titans. All comments regarding the game should be posted in this topic. Enjoy the game, and GO BROWNS!!!