The Titans went to Cleveland and absolutely rocked the much hyped Browns in their season opener. After a shaky start, Mike Vrabel’s troops rallied and dominated from the second quarter on. It’s the best start to a season since the 2015 beatdown of the Buccaneers in Marcus Mariota’s debut.
It’s hard to find losers in a game that the Titans won on the road by 30 points so here are my winners and winners from Titans 43, Browns 13.
Cameron Wake: Winner
Tennessee’s new pass rusher tallied career sacks 99, 100, and 100.5 in his first game as a Titan, consistently beating Browns right tackle Chris Hubbard off the edge. Anyone who had any doubts about whether the 37 year old still had juice got their answer in Week 1. Wake was dominant.
Logan Ryan: Winner
Logan Ryan got his first interception as a Titan today. Considering how well he’s played here and how productive he was picking off passes in New England, it’s hard to believe this was his first, but it was. He also picked up 1.5 sacks blitzing off the edge. Ryan continues to be one of the best players on the Titans excellent defense.
Derrick Henry: Winner
Henry was a little slow getting going, but once he did, he looked a lot like the guy that finished 2018 on a tear. El Tractorcito finish with 84 yards rushing on 19 carries and added a 75-yard touchdown on a beautifully schemed screen pass. The calf didn’t look to be slowing him down at all.
A.J. Brown: Winner
What a start for the Titans second round pick. He turned 4 targets into 3 catches for 100 yards, including a 51-yard catch and run that showed off his run after catch ability. He’s going to be a major weapon for this offense sooner rather than later.
Malcolm Butler: Winner
A pick-six and no major busts in coverage? WINNER! Butler looked locked in like he was for the second half of 2018 and that’s great news for Titans fans.
Kevin Byard: Winner
Byard recorded his 4th career interception in Cleveland. The Mayor of Murfreesboro may also be the Mayor of Cleveland.
Jamil Douglas: Winner
As much as fans fretted over Douglas’ insertion in the starting lineup, his name was never called during the game which is always a good thing for an offensive lineman. I thought he was solid for the most part and that’s excellent for a backup guard facing a tough Browns front.
Delanie Walker: Winner
Like Wake, Walker proved his age is not an issue, grabbing 5 of 6 targets for 55 yards and 2 touchdowns. Those touchdowns put him past Frank Wycheck for first on the franchise’s all time touchdown reception list for tight ends. It was great to see 82 back on the field making a difference.
Dean Pees and Arthur Smith: Winners
Both coordinators called great games. Pees kept Baker Mayfield uncomfortable all game with an array of blitzes that frequently got home. Smith passed his first test as a playcaller with flying colors, putting up 36 points on a tough (on paper) Browns defense. The screen to Henry was particularly well designed and left the big back with little to do besides catch the ball and run to the end zone.
We will have much MUCH more coverage of this game coming throughout the week so be sure to check back for more. Until then, enjoy this massive win Titans fans. You deserve it.