This seems to be a recurring theme for the Browns defense; they shut down the superstar, but give up three touchdowns to the player the average fan hasn’t heard of. Last week, it was Martellus Bennett. Against Miami, it was Jay Ajayi. This week, it could be the likes of Tajae Sharp, Rishard Matthews or Derrick Henry. Maybe these aren’t absolute no-names, but they are far from DeMarco Murray.
If the Browns can indeed slow down Tennessee’s running game, a very important key, they still aren’t out of the water. With a secondary that has performed terribly thus far this season, the team needs to make sure they dominate the players they are supposed to beat, and not let them go under the radar. Doing this requires attention to detail, and relentless aggressiveness.
Doing this successfully will allow the Browns to focus on the real threats they face. If they are able to make these potent threats the top priority, instead of focusing all of their attention on Joe Receiver from Kalamazoo State, their seemingly insurmountable tasks on defense will become much easier to accomplish. This, of course, leads to sharper defense which is in control of the game. They may bend several times and give up points, but they won’t outright break.