Derrick Henry screen TD was the play that changed the game

CLEVELAND – The game was very much still in question when the Browns got a short Baker Mayfield-to-David Njoku touchdown pass with 2:10 left in the third quarter Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Titans 15, Browns 13 and a game that may have been starting to tilt in the home team’s favor.

Tennessee took it back in one snap.

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Titans' poise, Browns' penalties at the heart of big start

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CLEVELAND – The Titans made the Browns look highly overrated on opening day at First Energy Stadium, gradually dismantling their undisciplined hosts en route to a massive 43-13 win.

They minimized its meaning beyond Sunday, and no one should tout it as more than one game because Cleveland serves to show the danger of thinking you’re really on to something. But considering many of the ingredients in Tennessee’s win, it should at least serve notice of what the team is capable of: Big plays, takeaways, ball-security, composure and patience among them.mariotaPortraitCLE

The defense settled in and was stifling, sacking golden child Baker Mayfield five times and picking him off on three occasions while holding receiver sensation Odell Beckham to a 10.1-yard average on seven receptions.

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Yazoo mailbag: Early-season D, road atmosphere, Jack Conklin, Jonnu Smith and more

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Welcome to the mailbag, which I hope helps do a bit to tide you over until noon on Sunday.

GoodToGreatPK: I think defenses do have an easier time gelling – there is less for them to time up as they are often reacting. But Friday on Midday 180

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Matchup issues and advantages for the Titans in Cleveland: Scout's Take

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special contributor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- My Cleveland Browns game preview...

Matchup concerns for the Titans:

Myles Garrett vs. Dennis Kelly

This matchup will dictate so many things that the Titans want to do on offense. First, they will not be able to match Kelly vs. Garrett 1 on 1. Kelly is a solid backup tackle with the ability to play multiple games as a starter, but he isn’t a true starter in the NFL.PamphileSteelers

Kelly is best on as a right tackle. On the left side, he is weak to his inside (right) hand. This issue has shown up multiple times in the preseason because Kelly oversets to his outside to take away the speed rush which he is less athletically capable to handle. Kelly has great size and does have strength in his frame, but he lacks the ability to recover and redirect his feet in pass protection.

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Despite some scrambling, Titans’ O-Line feels it’s built needed cohesion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The time together up front that is such a big ingredient in football team-building didn’t pan out quite as the Titans envisioned in the preseason.KellyTampa

Camp started with news that Taylor Lewan would start the season with a four-game suspension for a performance-enhancing drug violation. And the right guard slot seems to have been won more by default than on merit by Kevin Pamphile after the Titans tested multiple options and lost a chance for Nate Davis to develop when he missed a lot of work with an unknown injury.

Nevertheless, the guys up front feel they’ve grown the sort of familiarity and communication that is crucial to working together successfully to protect a quarterback and carve holes for running backs.

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While all-22 leads the way, Titans enjoy a splash of TV tape

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – High at midfield at in the end zone, teams have camera people filming games and practices.

The two overhead angles are what players and coaches watch as they study their opponents, and themselves, while preparing for games like the Titans’ season opener Sunday at Cleveland.TV

Coaches roll it in meetings on giant screens and can stop and start, stop and start and roll forward and back, forward and back with the clicker that becomes part of their hands. Players have all the same stuff on iPads which also contain the game plan and playbook.

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In Year 3, time for more from Adoree' Jackson for Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – He’s part of a tight-knit, hard-working group that should maximize his chances to reach his potential.

Yet it feels like something is still missing for Adoree’ Jackson, the 2017 first-round cornerback who’s had great success, like shutting down Josh Gordon, and some low moments, like getting torched by T.Y. Hilton. Those games were separated by a week last season, which was a major problem.JacksonIndy

Then in camp, Mike Vrabel spoke of Jackson’s focus as an issue. He recovered against an in-breaking route in Philadelphia in preseason Week 1 but then tried to break up the pass with the wrong arm and wound up burned for a 75-yard touchdown by Marken Michel.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- DaQuan Jones had been a pretty effective player in his first four seasons. While he may not have brought the pass rush, his early-down run-stuffing work was a key dirty-work cog for the Titans.JonesLapTakeALap 2

But in 2018, his play dropped off and he wasn't happy about it.

It certainly made me wonder about the deal Jon Robinson gave him in 2018 at $7 million a year for three years, with the first two seasons guaranteed.

He looked a whole lot better in camp and the preseason. And as we took a lap, he talked me through how his recovery from a 2017 biceps injury was a big factor in last season's disappointment as well as how his friendship with Harold Landry has blossomed, how he determines the right size dogs for a big guy to have as pets, how his dad keeps the chicken parm recipe Jones craves a secret and more. 

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