NASHVILLE – The Titans face the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Here’s a look at the Browns:
Record: 7-8-1 in 2018.
Last game: Season opener.
Points for/against in 2018: 22.4ppg/24.5 ppg.
NFL RANKINGS (2018):
Offense: 13th overall, 368.8 ypg (14th rushing, 14th passing).
Defense: 30th overall, 393.0 ypg (28th rushing, 25th passing).
Head coach: Freddie Kitchens (1st game).
QB: Baker Mayfield (310-of-486, 3,725 yards, 27 TDs, 14 INT, 93.7 rating).
Top RB: Nick Chubb (192 carries, 996 yards, 8 TDs).
Top WRs: WR Odell Beckham Jr. (77 catches, 1,052 yards, 6 TDs); Jarvis Landry (81 catches, 976 yards, 4 TDs).
Top TE: David Njoku (56 catches 639 yards, 4 TDs).
Sacks: DL Myles Garrett (13.5).
Leading tackler: S Damarious Randall (84).
Interceptions: S Damarious Randall (4).
Kicker: Austin Seibert (6-of-7 in preseason).
Punter: Jamie Gillan (46.6 in preseason).
Last meeting: October 22, 2017: Titans 12, Browns 9.
LB Sione Takitaki (hamstring) – limited participation on Wednesday
DL Dexter Lawrence (shoulder) – full participation on Wednesday
Titans coach Mike Vrabel on the challenge of facing a quarterback like Baker Mayfield that extends plays …
His skillset is a wide range of quality football. You look at some players and maybe they’re very accurate, or they have a strong arm, or they’re very mobile. I would say that he has all those qualities and that’s why he was taken where he was taken. He also has the intangibles of: the energy, the leadership. That’ll be certainly a huge key for us is just trying to contain the guy that’s distributing the football to a bunch of really good players.
Browns coach Freddie Kitchens on if he enjoys the attention that the Browns have received or if he’d rather fly under the radar …
I haven’t even noticed any of it. (Laughs) I’m just kidding. I enjoy getting the attention for our fans. They deserve the attention, they haven’t had much reason to celebrate. What I want everybody to realize, there’s still nothing to celebrate right now. We went 7-8-1 last year and the last time I checked, that’s still a losing record, but we did do some things that we could build off of organizationally, collectively as a team and some individuals. We just need to keep that mindset, just keep our head down and let’s see where we’re at the end of the year instead of worrying about what could be because could be could turn into not very quickly.