Tennessee Titans (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) vs. Cleveland Browns (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS)
NFL Week 2
Date/Time: Sunday September 20, 2015 1pm ET
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium
by Tim Bs, NFL Handicapper, Predictem.com
Point Spread: TEN. +1/CLE. -1
Over/Under Total: 41.5
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The Plan B Cleveland Browns (Plan A Browns are in Baltimore) host the upstart Tennessee Titans (formerly known as the Houston Oilers) in a clash of two slopes; one charging uphill and the other freefalling downhill. The Browns are coming off a laugher last week against the Jets losing, well, just about everything except the landing spot where the fishes go when they die. The Titans travel unlike most tourists headed to Cleveland with pep in their step and a song in their heart hope-filled for a better tomorrow. Thats how it is after the Titans stomped on the Buccaneers debuting the NEW and suddenly Fabulous starting QB not named Jake Locker, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Hasselback, Vince Young, Kerry Collins, or Rusty Smith??? Isnt Rusty Smith a friggin Radio Show guy talking about home improvementor field irrigation? Anyway, Rookie Marcus Mariotta led the Titans to the Land of Milk and Honey by issuing Tampa Bay a first class whoopin 42-14 in front of some fans (no one can count past 10 in Tennesseeor 20 if your shi* kickers are off!). Sundays clash should be a classic (and a Stat Patter) on Lake Erie for the Titans this Sunday. As for the Plan B Brownies? Yep! Another one of those
Cleveland entered MetLife Stadium filled with anger and bad intentions. Check that; Cleveland entered MetLife Stadium a loser from the opening kickoff. Starting QB Josh McCown was ceremoniously granted a respite from the horrible future awaiting the Browns by catapulting himself into a nuevo self-flagellation ending in a KO for himself and a ESPY nomination for the I Cant Damn Believe It Award 2015-2016. Last years winner, Amber Mitchell—who tossed herself through a plate glass window at a Deer Lick, Kentucky WalMart after race officials mistakenly placed the finish line in front of the main window of the log walk 5K during the Lumberjacks and Lumberjills Summer Spectacular—was quoted as saying, And I thought I was dumb!? The Browns lost; the Titans won. Lets see what Sunday holds for these perennial bottom feeders!
Its only Week 1 in the NFL season so the teams really havent shown enough on the field for anyone to evaluate. BUZZZZZZZZ! We have seen enough from both these teams to predict how their season will progress. For the Browns: Head Coach Mike Pettine has grown considerably from the delusional training hes studied over the past few summers at the Say It Aint So And It Aint So Retreat. Punter Andy Lee had a great day punting twice for a 60.5 average! As for the rest of the Plan B Browns, RB Duke Johnson makes a good Tuna Casserole, Receiver Taylor Gabriel says Please and Thank You, ILB Tank Carder reads Latin pretty well, and Offensive Line Coach Andy Moeller does a pretty good impression of a woman choker (allegedlyeveryone is innocent until proven guilty). The fact is these Browns players have talent. Unfortunately, the talent I refer to does not cross the Stadium parking lot and onto the field! After one week of watching the Browns, one can see why QB Josh McCown appeared to be suicidal. Losing is a lonely trail and runs, according to history, right up I-71 from the origin in Cincinnati (remember the David Klingler, Akili Smith, Jon Kitna teams?). But dont feel like Plan B Browns fans were sold a bill of goods. This team has been horrible and mostly unwatchable since they re-formed in 1999 with Tim Couch and Kelly Holcomb leading the parade. The Browns dont have a running game, dont have a passing game, dont have any offensive scheme at all because of Pettines insistence upon defense as the winning formula. Safety Donte Whitner led the team in tackles against the Jets with 10. Usually, when a Strong Safety leads the team in tackles, the D-Line and Linebackers absolutely suck OR, the opposing team is throwing it out like leaflets over Baghdad! The Jets threw the ball 24 times against the Browns only completing 15 of those dying ducks. This Defense First strategy sucks and Pettine better start looking on Craigslist for an opening at Outback Steakhouse. Nuff said. Lets look at the Titans.
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Mariotas success against the Bucs took many by surpriseincluding me! Mariota was 13-16 for 209 yards and 4 touchdowns and no picks. Titans Wide Receiver Kendall Wright led the way hauling in 4 receptions for 101 yards and 1 touchdown. Delanie Walker grabbed 3 balls for 43 yards as Mariota chipped and putted around, through, and under the Buccaneers ala Rich Gannon when he was with the Raiders. The pass set up the rush as RB Bishop Sankey ran for 74 yards and 1 TD from 12 carries. DaQuan Jones led the Titan defense with 7 tackles proving again that Interior Lineman and/or Defensive Ends leading the team in tackles is GOOD for a healthy defense. Bucs QB Jameis Winston tossed the rock 33 times and the Titans converted 2 of those gems into Interceptions. Frankly, the Titans totally dominated the Bucs both offensively and defensively in such a workmanlike fashion, it might not be Christmas morning in Nashville but it certainly is Thanksgiving! The Bucs may be horribleor notdepending upon Winstons growth. But the total domination of the Bucs by the Titans should send signals across the NFL The Titans are back and ready to compete.
It isnt a great leap across a wide crevasse to see which of these two teams are positioned for success. The Browns are the Browns of last year with the exception of being a whole lot worse! The Titans are comers who took the chance on Veer Option, Pass second, Hurry Up and play QB and it appears hes going to be a portable ATM. Nashville is known for country music and sad, sad songs. I believe this Titans team is an up tempo version of anything seen from the Titan camp since the Eddie George era. The Titans look like theyre ready to compete with the royalty of NFL teams while the Browns look like the same ole Browns that we watch and say Awwwww, hahahaha, awwwww. The Browns are home but making them a point favorite is also out of the delusional playbook. Until the Browns can win a game, the Browns may be our favorite team to pity, but theyll never be a betting favorite.
Tim B.s Pick to Cover the Point Spread: Tennessee Titans +1
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