Titans 31 Browns 13: Grading the Rush Defense

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 02: Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns is tackled by safety Michael Griffin #33 of the Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Titans were really good against the Browns rush attack on Sunday. They held their running backs, Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty, to 68 total yards. A lot of that had to do with the fact that the Titans were able to get a lead in the game, but the longest run from one of the backs was 10 yards. I give them a B+ for the day.

My favorite play of the day came when Cleveland tried to run a throwback pass and Karl Klug caught Joshua Cribbs from behind. That was awesome.

I am excited about the progress this team has made against the run since week 1 when they gave up a bunch of yards to the Jaguars. If they can continue to force teams into 2nd and 3rd and long situations, we might just be talking about them as one of the best defenses in the league.

There is still a lot of football to be played, but it looks like the Titans have a formidable defense for the first time since Jim Schwartz left.

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