NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Happy football weekend to you.

Hope the tree is up and the fire is burning as you prepare for some college games Saturday as an appetizer to Sunday's main course and the big AFC matchup of the 8-3 Browns at the 8-3 Titans. 

Tennessee is a 5.5-point favorite in the big game.

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Scout's Take: The Titans' best approach vs. Browns' run-blocking

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans have been on a roll the last two weeks and they can’t stop now.

The Browns need this win and present a different challenge this week.

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These two offenses will focus on the run and will force it to establish their identities.

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The luxury the Browns have with these two running backs is they are both three-down backs and are interchangeable with the ability to run with power and also have enough run skill to get the edge versus a good defense.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Early in training camp, a raw 6-foot-2, 304-pound undrafted defensive tackle struggled.

He tapped the top of his helmet during one team period, the signal asking to be subbed out. Mike Vrabel didn’t like it at all, loudly telling Teair Tart that he was the head coach, and it was his job to decide who was in or out of the lineup.TartGW

Teair Tart, who now wears No. 93. Photo: George Walker, The Tennessean via pool.

The Philadelphia native from Florida International was hurting himself.

A low-ranking player is expected to relish and maximize opportunities, not decline them because he’s tired.

The same week, in defensive line work Terrell Williams grew frustrated with Tart’s inability to properly take on a blocking sled.

These were bad signs in the moment. But they were not the signals I thought they were.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans have done nothing wrong regarding Corey Davis. Davis has certainly done nothing wrong either.

Yet it’s quite likely the team and receiver who have such a good thing going are five regular-season games and a playoff run away from a split.CoreyDavisGW

Photo by George Walker, The Tennessean via pool.

Davis is passing the eye test. And while PFF is not a tell-all – Davis is a great blocker and doesn’t rank in their top 50 receivers in pass blocking or run blocking -- he’s currently their sixth overall graded receiver (85.9) and fifth in receiving (86.3).

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans’ coronavirus outbreak in late September and early October forced the move of their Week 4 game to Week 7 and delayed their Week 5 game from Sunday to Tuesday.

While 22 positive tests for players and staff wreaked such havoc on their schedule and limited them to two practices and a walkthrough in 16 days between their win in Minnesota on Sept. 27 and their defeat of the Bills on Oct. 13, it made for a confusing and upsetting time.

The league investigated how the Titans handled protocol and some violations and potential violations were reported. Then some national media went crazy with it.Screen Shot 2020 12 01 at 3.49.16 PM

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wrote on Oct. 7, “There’s buzz in league circles of possible ‘historic’ punishment for the Titans given the various violations.”

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Scout's Take: How the Titans blocked the Colts so well

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans did exactly what they needed to do to come out with the win and on top of the division.

They won time of possession with 35:33 of offense, attacked the depleted defensive line of the Colts and rode their best and most consistent player in Derrick Henry.AJBrownIND

The Titans mixed in short passes with long run-after-catch from A.J. Brown and it was a perfect situation for a team starting their third left tackle of the season in David Quessenberry. The run game and short passing game and lack of an inside defensive presence for the Colts' defense took the pressure off the offensive line group.

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Titans push Colts around, move to third in weekly AFC scramble

INDIANAPOLIS -- So often there was so much space in Derrick Henry’s lane when he took the ball from Ryan Tannehill, I thought the high-angle perch of the Lucas Oil press box was deceiving me.

Henry’s clear vision and the bug eyes he jokes about were not a requirement for him Sunday afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium, when another one of his monster rushing games put the Titans in position for big revenge and a 45-26 win over the Colts. He had that much room.HenryINDscoreboard20

Indianapolis was without DeForest Buckner and Denico Autry up front because of Covid issues and the offensive line on the other side were the aggressors from the start, moving, turning and driving people where they needed them to be to get Henry started.

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Scout's Take: How altered personnel will change quick Titans-Colts rematch

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- This game is most likely for the division and a guaranteed spot in the playoffs.

The potential loss of the Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to COVID-19 is as big of a loss as one team can have.

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Buckner is a dominant force inside as a rusher and run-down defender. He is a top-five interior defensive lineman in the NFL and creates a huge hole for the Colts defense that is focused on taking away the Titans’ best player in Derrick Henry.

The Titans found success in the run game last week versus the Ravens, and I expect this week they will continue feeding that identity.

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