By Danny Cox
The Cleveland Browns were hoping that this Sunday would be their turn to get off the landslide into the NFL cellar, but it just didn’t turn out that way. Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans simply had too much, but the Browns have to be given credit for one thing and that’s never giving up.
Down 28-13 with less than seven minutes to go, the Browns put their foot on the accelerator and were able to get two quick scores late to make the score look much more presentable. Unfortunately, an onside kick didn’t bounce their way so the Titans were able to pull out a 28-26 victory and send the Browns to 0-6.
Honestly, if it wasn’t for Cody Kessler and Terrelle Pryor, there would be no offense for the Cleveland Browns and that is a huge problem that needs to be fixed immediately. Kessler ended the day with 336 yards and two touchdowns, both of which were brought in by Pryor who finished the day with nine receptions and 75 yards.
The running game was nowhere to be found as the team combined for just 40 total yards and one touchdown. Duke Johnson carried just four times for 18 yards while Isaiah Crowell had 16 yards on nine carries. If the pressure is going to be taken off of Kessler, the rest of the offense has to get going and contribute.
It does not help that Kessler was sacked six times.
The Browns’ defense really didn’t play that bad as running back DeMarco Murray had just 65 yards and one touchdown, but there seemed to be nothing that could be done to stop Marcus Mariota. The Titans’ quarterback finished with 284 yards passing and three touchdowns but he racked up another 64 yards on the ground.
Cleveland did have two sacks of Mariota and intercepted him once, but wide receiver Kendall Wright…there was just no-one to cover him whatsoever. Wright finished the day with 133 yards and one touchdown on eight receptions as Mariota shredded the Browns secondary.
Special Teams: C-
Cody Parkey continues to be impressive in the kicking game as he hit both his extra points as well as his two field goal attempts with a long of 45 yards. The return game was virtually nonexistent as one kickoff return brought forth 19 yards and two punt returns amassed a mere six yards. Brian Colquitt had a good day in the punting game as he was busy with seven punts with a long of 65 yards.
Hue Jackson is having to deal with problem after problem this season, but injuries have just decimated his Cleveland Browns’ team. He tried to put together a gameplan that would make them competition with the Tennessee Titans, and he actually did that. Unfortunately, the Browns simply weren’t as consistent as the Titans and couldn’t make the big plays when they actually counted.
The Cleveland Browns are now 0-6 on the season after a close loss to the Titans, but they seemed to almost have this one in their grasp. If they could have only played the entire game with the urgency that they played that last half of the fourth quarter, the end result could have been completely different at Sunday afternoon’s end.