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Titans vs. Browns Prediction, Preview, Game Time, Channel

Titans vs. Browns preview: can Cleveland get into the win column against Marcus Mariota and Tennessee?

On Sunday, October 16th, the Tennessee Titans play host to the Cleveland Browns. The game, to be played at Nissan Stadium in Nashville is slated for a 1:00 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on CBS. Read on for our Titans vs. Browns preview.

According to ESPN’s matchup predictor, which is based on its Football Power Index, the Titans have a 74-percent chance to win the game. The spread, via Oddsshark, has Tennessee favored as well.

Spread: Titans -7

Game Time: 1:00 p.m. ET

Channel: CBS

Titans vs. Browns preview:

The 2-3 Titans enter this game after a nice 30-17 win at the Miami Dolphins. The Browns are 0-5, and felt the full brunt of Tom Brady's return to the New England Patriots, falling 33-13 at home last Sunday.

Marcus Mariota did not put up huge yardage number, with just 163 yards and 5.6 yards per attempt last Sunday. He was good where it counted, however: in the red zone. Mariota tossed three red zone touchdowns against the Dolphins, and scored a fourth on the ground, where he had 60 yards on seven carries. The ground game is where Tennessee shines. DeMarco Murray had 120 yards and rookie Derrick Henry chipped in with 54 yards rushing.

Cleveland has had a nightmarish season at the quarterback spot. Starter Robert Griffin III went down with an injury in the first game, and second stringer Josh McCown was hurt after one start, the team's loss to Baltimore. Rookie Cody Kessler out of USC has had the job since, but he went down last game, so the team played out the stretch with Charlie Whitehurst. Terrelle Pryor, now an effective wide receiver, has also taken snaps at quarterback, where he starred at Ohio State. Kessler is expected to start this weekend, but with the Browns, anything can happen, though usually nothing good. Isaiah Crowell has been one of the better rushers in the NFL this season, but he was shut down by the Pats last weekend, and only managed 22 yards on 13 carries.

In the all-time series between the two franchises, the Browns own a 35-29 edge, and are riding a two-game winning streak against Tennessee. The Titans last defeated the Browns in 2011.

Titans vs. Browns prediction:

The Browns have kept some of these games close, but it is hard to win football games shuffling between third, fourth, and fifth string quarterbacks. The Titans are no great team either, but Mariota shows flashes, and the rushing attack is quite good. Cleveland may cover the spread, but Tennessee should pick up the home win.

Titans 21, Browns 17