Not that many people felt the Browns had much of a shot today vs the Tennesee Titans, but once again, the team gave themselves a shot early, only to shoot themselves in the end in losing 28-9. The Browns fall to 4-9 on the season, and considering it was they and the Titans fighting for the final playoff spot in the AFC last season, seeing the Titans now 12-1 burns just a bit more.
The Browns actually led the game 6-0 after the first quarter, but failed to take advantage of some solid early field position and then allowed the Titans to run away with the game from there. The Titans scored on a little trickery early in the second quarter when Kerry Collins hit fullback Ahmard Hall with a 28-yard score on 4th-and-1 to give the Titans a lead they would never lose at 7-6.
The next drive the Browns got to the Titans 44, but had to punt, again failing to take advantage of good field position. Tennessee put the game away for all purposes near the end of the half, as they took over at the 6:16 mark from their own 7, and drove 93 yards in just over five minutes, ending the drive with a LenDale White three-yard score that made it 14-6 at halftime.
Tennessee put the icing on the cake with two second half TD’s, one from Collins to Justin Gage, and the other a Chris Johnson score that made it 28-9. The Browns did nothing on the ground to help out starter Ken Dorsey. They ran for just 35 yards on 19 carries, putting Dorsey in a tough spot vs the Titans pass rush all day. The former third-stringer at one point this year went 22-for-43 150 yards with one pick and a QB rating of 49.6.
The team did try to line up Josh Cribbs at QB a number of times, but he threw the ball just once, and the rest of the time ran it, putting up 24 of the Browns rushing yards on 6 carries. Collins was 14-for-23 for 155 yards with two TD’s and two picks for the Titans.
The Titans run game gashed the Browns, as Johnson ran for 136 yards and a score, a 7.2 yards per carry average, and White ran for 99 yards on 24 carries and a score, a 4.1 yards per carry average. It was a story all day that the Titans O-line opening holes for Johnson and White.
The Browns will be back on primetime again next Monday night, when they travel to Philly to take on the Eagles, who topped the Giants Sunday.
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