NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As the Titans dig out from their disastrous’ 41-35 loss to the Browns, Corey Davis is the talk of the team after his excellent performance in the loss.

He pulled in 11 of 12 targets for 182 yards and a touchdown, many of them contested catches where he outmuscled challengers to win passes from Ryan Tannehill.CDavisCelebrate2020AM

Photo Alison McNabb/ Tennessee Titans

Much has changed for Davis in his fourth season, the final year of the contract he signed as the fifth pick in the 2017 draft.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Remember jolly with the deep chuckle?

Isaiah Wilson is back from his one-game suspension but it doesn’t put him any closer to actually playing or playing well. He’s got that PAT and three kneel-downs on offense to grow on from the Nov. 29 win at Indianapolis.IsaiahWilson081620

Now he’s been passed by veteran Marshall Newhouse and will likely rank as the ninth offensive lineman as the Titans activate eight on a weekly basis.

Maybe Wilson turns into something in 2021, but the miss is as enormous as the man right now – the healthy 29th pick in the draft has not been able to find his way into the line up even as the Titans are on their third left tackle and have used nine offensive linemen this season.

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Scout's Take: Individual performance reasons the Titans' crumbled vs. Browns

By BLAKE BEDDINGFIELD, special correspondent

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- This game had a Bengals game feel to it from earlier in the year.

The Browns' offense could do no wrong and the Titans struggled to play catch up without their No. 1 option in Derrick Henry, a non-factor once the score was so lopsided.HenryCle20AM

Photo: Alison McNabb/ Tennessee Titans

The Browns had 13 penalties for 92 yards to the Titans' five for 52, and despite the huge difference in the Titans' favor the Browns controlled the clock 36:46 to the Titans' 23:14, converted long third downs when needed and scored at will.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Much as we’d like to sort out of the pile of AFC playoff-caliber teams below the Steelers and Chiefs right now using transitive properties, it doesn’t work.

The Titans just hammered the Colts on the road, but got smashed by the Browns at home, who beat the Colts in Cleveland and, oh yeah, the Colts also beat the Titans in Nashville.VaccaroRecoveryCLE2020AM

Photo: Alison McNabb, Tennessee Titans

It doesn’t unwind neatly. It doesn’t unwind at all.

With home-field meaning so little, bring on the playoffs already and let’s see it unscrambled for real and find out what these talented but maddeningly inconsistent Titans really are.

And for anyone taking some great solace in the Titans’ second-half “comeback” in Sunday’s brutal 41-35 loss, the final margin amounts to artificial proximity.

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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.


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

Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt

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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