The Cleveland Browns enter week 13 of the NFL season at 8-3, for the first time since the Clinton Administration. On the other side, the Tennessee Titans enter in with the same record 8-3 and leading the AFC South, coming off a year where they made it to the AFC Championship game. A big game for AFC playoff seeding and grabbing one of the spots for the playoffs.
Where: Nashville, Tennessee
When: 1 p.m ET
Where to watch: CBS, Ian Eagle and Charles Davis on the call
How the Browns win:
- Baker Mayfield continues to not turn the ball over and makes timely passes on 3rd downs and in red zone situations. This also means a focused and conscious effort by the pass catchers to get open and not drop balls thrown their way today.
- The offensive line continues to play extremely well and opens big holes for Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. The Browns need to own the time of possession today, if for no other fact that it keeps the deadly Titans offense on the bench.
- The defense is able to stop the big play today. Particularly in the air with AJ Brown being an absolute tank with the ball in his hands. The best way to make sure that happens is by the Browns getting pressure up front in passing situations.
- Do not allow the Titans to get a lead and just hand off to Derrick Henry all game long. Throughout most of the year, Derrick Henry has punished teams in the 4th quarter, having done a lot of damage when the game is on the line.
How the Browns lose:
- Baker Mayfield feels pressured all game long and becomes prone to turnovers. The stats are clear, as provided by Cody Suek, Baker is a different player when under pressure vs no pressure. This means getting the ball out of his hands and the offensive line being stout.
- The Titans offense simply is better than the Browns offense. Nothing more to say other than the Titans offense is one of the best in the league with Ryan Tannehill being both effective and not turning the ball over. Not many teams can match the Titans offense.
- The Browns defensive line is a non-factor. If Myles Garrett, Olivier Vernon and Shelton Richardson do not make plays in this game, the Browns could be in for a very long day with their back 7.
- The Titans defense is able to force more turnovers. Both teams defenses rely particularly on the turnovers in their game plans. The team that wins the turnover battle today almost certainly wins the game.
The Browns play a hard fought, offensive shootout that the Titans simply out execute the Browns in the end. Titans win 34-31.