The Cleveland Browns are still in search of that elusive first win in Week 7 as they host the Tennessee Titans. Kickoff will be at 1:00 EST on Sunday, October 22 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Fans in local markets can watch the game on CBS.
The Titans enter the game as 5.5-point favorites on the road. However, that number has gone down after Tennessee opened at -6.5. The over/under for the game is 46.5 points. Click here for a full list of the Week 7 betting odds and links to more game previews.
Titans vs Browns Game Preview & Betting Odds
Cleveland, of course, enters this week’s game winless at 0-6. The Browns have had a few close calls this season, but last week wasn’t one of them, as they were bashed by the Texans 33-17.
Head coach Hue Jackson swapped quarterbacks last week, going with Kevin Hogan. However, that move didn’t work out as planned, with Hogan throwing three interceptions. This week, the Browns will go back to DeShone Kizer, who Jackson hopes will be able to seize the starting job for the rest of the season.
The Titans have also had some quarterback issues in recent weeks with Marcus Mariota battling through a hamstring injury. Mariota looked better last week while throwing for over 300 yards in a win against the Colts. He didn’t do much running, but reports indicate he’ll be a lot more mobile this week as he continues to heal.
Tennessee currently sits at 3-3 and part of a three-way tie atop the AFC South. The Titans have had both impressive wins and miserable losses this season, and they hope to avoid the latter on Sunday. With a little more consistency, the Titans are certainly capable of winning their division.
Free Pro Football Pick Against the Spread: Titans -5.5
The Browns have been a little better at home this season and managed to keep a few games close. But I’m done expecting them to surprise us with a good performance. With Mariota close to full health, I’ll lean toward Tennessee to win by at least a touchdown and cover on the road.
The biggest silver lining for the Browns this week is that the Titans have the 31st ranked defense in the NFL. However, that stat is a little skewed because of the Texans scoring 57 points against them in Week 4. The Colts only managed one offensive touchdown against Tennessee last week, and I’d be surprised if the Browns can do any better than that.
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One week on the bench isn’t going to change anything for Kizer, who has struggled mightily after some brief flashes early in the season. He’s barely completing 50% of his passes, and in the last four games he’s started, he has two touchdowns and eight interceptions. It’s not as if he has a lot of help around him either. Cleveland’s leading receiver is still backup running back Duke Johnson, so there’s way too much on Kizer’s shoulders.
If the Browns can’t get much going offensively, it puts too much pressure on the Cleveland defense to be perfect. To be fair, the Browns have some talent on that side of the ball. But they don’t match up well with a team that runs the ball as well as Tennessee does.
Even if DeMarco Murray can’t play, Derrick Henry is more than capable of being a workhorse back. If Mariota is healthy enough to do some running as well, the Titans become all the more dangerous offensively.
Tennessee’s inconsistency this year is a little worrying, especially on the road. But when Mariota has played the entire game, the Titans have just one loss this season. Of course, the Browns have done nothing but lose this season, and that doesn’t figure to change anytime soon. The Titans should win this game comfortably.