It is fair to say that last week was a let down from the Tennessee Titans offense, but how could it not be? After a nearly perfect game the week before, it couldn't go anywhere but down. I think most fans see the Cleveland Browns uniforms and think that this is the same team that lost for years and years, but it isn't.
The Browns defense is impressive on the outsides and very aggressive in the middle. That leads to a tough day at the office for any quarterback. That was evident with Ryan Fitzpatrick in Week 1, and how they limited Eric Decker. With heavy blitz packages and by adjusting coverage to leave Joe Haden on an island with Brandon Marshall, it forced Fitzpatrick to throw prayer passes to Marshall. Decker ended the day with only two receptions for 37 yards.
Let's compare that to how Decker did against the Indianapolis Colts and their depleted secondary. Against that defense he had eight receptions for 97 yards despite missing 15 snaps due to an injury late in the game (when the Jets became less conservative and started passing again).
This is in large part because while the Colts used Vontae Davis (while he was in) to shadow Brandon Marshall they don't have the depth at cornerback or the defensive creativity to force people to throw at that matchup like the Browns did against the Jets. So, instead of bad passes, the Jets just found their mismatch and attacked it.
Ultimately this should mean big things for Kendall Wright. For one thing, I don't think the Colts like to put Davis in the slot very much, he is a great boundary corner and they like to use his strengths. So I expect Davis to get an outside matchup like Justin Hunter, Harry Douglas or DGB.
Marcus Mariota is very smart in his decision making, and I would imagine that he is not going to try to force passes to the outside for no reason. Not only that, but he is one of the best quarterbacks in the league at attacking the middle of the field:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a href="https://twitter.com/Titans">@Titans</a> QB Marcus Mariota had the most success in the middle of the field between 10-19 yards. His QB rating on those passes was 141.3.</p>— Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/jwyattsports/status/646363455818203137">September 22, 2015</a></blockquote>
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So again, how many times do we really expect Mariota to target the outside receiver this week, unlike other Titans quarterbacks in the past. With Delanie Walker and Kendall Wright back as a lethal combination in the middle I expect one of them (or both) to have a very big game. It would not surprise me if the Titans have a great day over the middle with linebackers that aren't exceptionally good at stopping the pass.