5. DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans
The Tennessee Titans will roll into Cleveland in Week 7 following a Monday night game against the Indianapolis Colts. While the team may be beaten and bruised, they are still sure to rely heavily on their running game anchored by DeMarco Murray.
Murray will be a challenge due to both his speed and power, a combination of skills which has allowed him to total over 1,000 yards in rushing in three career seasons, including last season in which he recorded 1,287 rushing yards.
While Tennessee’s offensive line is not the strongest when it comes to creating gaps, Murray’s ability to find running room and squeeze through holes can frustrate opponents who feel they have the advantage up front. The 29-year-old was the NFL’s leading rusher in 2014 with the Dallas Cowboys, before declining a bit in 2015 with the Eagles, and coming on strong again last season in his first year with the Titans.
Besides Murray, Tennessee will bring a strong second back to Cleveland. Derrick Henry, the standout at Alabama, is poised to make strides in his second season. Last year, he played in all 16 games and finished with 110 carries, 490 yards, and five touchdowns.
With two capable running backs opposing them, the Browns will have their hands full defensively in Week 7.