Much to the surprise of many fantasy football owners who were extremely skeptical about whether Tennessee's top receiver could put up huge numbers in 2011, Kenny Britt began the season doing exactly that. Fantasy owners kicked themselves for not drafting Britt earlier, and Titans fans breathed a sigh of relief that their team was secure at the WR position after all.
But alas, the celebration was short-lived, as Britt tore both his ACL and MCL during Week 3, landing himself on the IR and ending his season.
For the Browns (and everyone who faces the Titans from here on out), this was an immensely lucky break. Without Britt, the Titans still have a dangerous WR in Nate Washington, but at least now QB Matt Hasselbeck has just one top-notch receiving option rather than two.
This gives the Browns a much better chance to contain the Titans' passing game than it would have appeared they would have just a week ago. Good news, but it's still going to be a test for the Browns, who have been hot and cold so far when it comes to shutting down opponents' aerial attacks.
I've never been terribly impressed by Hasselbeck, but he has managed to keep a starting job in the NFL for a very long time and has put together some pretty good seasons over the years. However unspectacular he may look, he's clearly getting his job done.
That means the Browns defense can't afford to take the Titans' passing game lightly, even with Britt out of the equation. Still, losing him was a huge blow to the Tennessee offense, and if the Browns' defense (the secondary in particular) can be at the top of their game on Sunday, they should be able to contain the Titans' weakened passing game.