ReFo: Browns @ Titans, Week 5

The Browns had the biggest comeback win for a road team in NFL history against the Titans and Michael Mountford looks at how the game unfolded and the players that ...

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2014-REFO-WK05-CLE@TEN

ReFo: Browns @ Titans, Week 5


2014-REFO-WK05-CLE@TENIn a game of two halves the Titans managed to dominate the action for the first half finishing it with a 28-10 lead, only to see the Browns come back to win the game. The Titans once again found themselves without starting quarterback Jake Locker, as he came out of the game injured.

The Browns were very effective running the ball, as they continued to feed Ben Tate regardless of the score. As the offensive line and the running game took over the Browns where able to claw their way back into the game and produced 16 points in the fourth quarter to win the game.

Cleveland Browns – Three Performances of Note

Joe Thomas, LT: +4.2

Breakdown: After two average weeks Joe Thomas was back to his dominating best against the Titans. Thomas was perfect in Pass Protection and finished with a +2.4 as run blocker. The only negative was an unnecessary roughness penalty he received in the 4th quarter.

Signature Play: 3rd Quarter 7:01 2nd-and-4. Thomas is lined up against Karl Klug and Thomas moves him away from the point of attack and ends up blocking him to the ground.

K’Waun Williams, CB: +3.6

Breakdown: An undrafted rookie out of Pittsburg, K’Waun Williams showed that while he lacks the ideal height, he could see a productive role as a slot cornerback. While he did allow a touchdown to Kendall Wright in the first quarter, he rebounded well only allowing 7.1 yards per completion.

Signature Stat: Williams made stops on all five of his tackles and did not miss any.

Buster Skrine, CB: -3.3

Breakdown: Buster Skrine allowed five catches on six targets for 122 yards and two touchdowns. On both touchdowns Skrine was beaten easily; Justin Hunter managed to get behind him on a ‘Go’ route to score a 75 yard touchdown. On the second touchdown Kendall Wright was able to run a corner route with Skrine yards behind because Skrine was playing inside leverage leaving a huge amount of ground to cover to the outside.

Signature Stat: Skrine allowed 3.13 yards per coverage snap and the Titans quarterbacks had a perfect QB Rating when attempting a pass his way.

Tennessee Titans – Three Performances of Note

Charlie Whitehurst, QB: +1.1

Breakdown: Charlie Whitehurst is a QB who has two different sides to him. When he has time in the pocket Whitehurst looks like a capable player (+3.4 with no pressure). However, once the pocket starts getting muddy Whitehurst looks nervous and undeceive in the pocket. In 7 dropbacks under pressure Whitehurst had no completions and two sacks.

Signature Play: 2nd Quarter 2:55 1st and 10. This is the good Whitehurst, he has time in the pocket and is able to deliver a bomb to Hunter for the 75 yard touchdown.

Jason McCourty, CB: -2.7

Breakdown: The normally reliable Jason McCourty is having a season to forget. The Browns where able to pick on McCourty all game long, as he allowed seven catches for 144 yards on nine targets.

Signature Play: 3rd Quarter 15:00 1st and 10. McCourty is beaten by Taylor Gabriel on a ‘Go’ route for 49 yards, the coverage ends up looking closer because of a slightly underthrown pass.

Coty Sensabaugh, CB: +1.8

Breakdown: With Starting Cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson out it gave Coty Sensabaugh a chance to start at outside corner. With McCourty struggling the Browns rarely tested Sensabaugh and for good reason, he only allowed 13 yards on three targets and was one of the reasons why the Titans where able to limit Andrew Hawkins to only three catches for 27 yards.

Signature Play: 3rd Quarter 4:14 4th and 3. Sensabaugh is able to break up the pass before Andrew Hawkins has a chance to make the catch for the first down.

PFF Game Ball

The Game Ball goes to the Cleveland Browns Offensive Line as they took charge in the run game and only allowed six Total Pressures on 41 pass attempts

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  • Jason Williams

    Buster Skrine. WTF.

    How many Browns fans wrote this game off when they went for it on 4th down twice and failed in the second half? I did.

  • Josh Knepshield

    How did Akeem Ayers do in his first game this season?