Each week presents a myriad of hurdles to conquer.
The Browns have had multiple offensive line groups the last two games, but they had to deal with that, as well in the first four games.
Had the Colts held onto the lead, the Titans would've found themselves tied for first in the AFC South with Houston. It was their first home game win and also the first wins back-to-back. "That's a blow for us because he is one of our better players, but we want to wish him well and a speedy recovery".
"I mean, we've won five games in the last two years, so I don't think we're (at a) standpoint to look at a team and judge them by their records", cornerback Jason McCourty said. "We have 10 more opportunities to get this thing done right". After failing to convert the ensuing on-side kick, the Titans took a knee, ending the game. They haven't won since December 13. Although it isn't yet possible to say he can be a long-term answer at quarterback, it is evident that he will do everything he can to give himself the chance to be a long-term answer. Kessler and wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. came close to beating the Titans on their own. Rather than kick an extra point, which would have pulled them within eight of the Titans, Jackson made a decision to attempt a 2-point conversion, which failed, left Cleveland trailing 28-19 and essentially ended the game.
One of the biggest developments in the game was Mariota completing long passes. It's part of the learning process.
Much like they did a week ago, the Titans got off to a fast start, getting the ball to start the game and marching steadily down the field 75 yards and capping it off with an 11 yard pass from Mariota to Matthews to put the Titans ahead. He has run for 124 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries in the past two games. Four quarterbacks the Browns have faced this season posted a passer rating higher than 100.
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Johnson, though, might be the best running back they've faced and he's certainly the best dual-threat running back they've seen. The spark that was on his passes last season isn't there this year as the Cardinals are off to a 2-3 start - 1-3 under Palmer.
"Moving forward to these next couple weeks, we've got two divisional opponents, " Casey said.
Some might dismiss the total because 134 of those yards came after the Browns trailed 28-13 with 6:43 left.
They will be successful if the beat the teams they are equal or better than and upset teams that are favored over them.
But Jackson isn't using his team's youth or health as excuses. The 1-4 Dolphins beat the stuffing out of a 4-1 Steelers team, 30-15, a week later. Wright made a full-body stretch to snag Mariota's pass down the right side, then staggered to his feet and was knocked into the end zone before staying down for a moment with the wind knocked out of him.
Both teams have new coaches coming off an offseason filled with change in the front office and on the roster.
Kessler's crew was able to get a few good drives going, but due to a sack taken on one drive and not being able to establish a solid running game on either of the first two drives, they were not able to get any touchdowns to start the game. "There are some third down things we can do better and need to do better, but I think he's growing week by week, moment by moment, play by play".