Writer: Justice Sunderland
Game: Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns
Summary: The Browns come into this season with more expectations than they have had in the last 20 years and they open the season against a team that barely missed the playoffs last year.
Even after going 9-7 the Tennessee Titans still come into this season with a lot of questions to answer, the biggest being who is their quarterback of the future. Former number one overall pick Marcus Mariota has not been the franchise player they wanted, partly because he cannot stay on the field.
So that made them go out and trade for Ryan Tannehill from the Miami Dolphins. If their offense struggles early Tannehill may take over as the starter.
The only strength of the Titans offense has been their offensive line and they may be without both of their starting tackles. Taylor Lewan is suspended for the first four games and Jack Conklin is dealing with a knee injury.
That will not serve them well against one of the best pass rushes in the NFL. Expect Myles Garrett to have a big day and possibly force a couple of turnovers.
The line of scrimmage will also be a battle for the Browns offense. The Titans ranked third in the league in points allowed last year and they are lead by their defensive line. But they have playmakers on all three levels with defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and linebacker Rashaan Evans.
They also have one of the best secondaries in the league with Kevin Byard, Kenny Vaccaro, Logan Ryan, and Malcolm Butler. They will have to slow down a loaded Cleveland offense because their offense won’t score very much.
Odell Beckham Jr. may be limited by a hip injury but the Browns have enough weapons like running back Nick Chubb and wide receiver Jarvis Landry to score points even against a talented defense.
Prediction: Browns 24, Titans 14