Tennessee Titans vs. Cleveland Browns Halftime Report: Titans Clinging to Lead
As halftime has been reached, the Titans find themselves leading the game 21-6, but there's still a whole other half to play.
The Titans running game still looks stagnant, but Chris Johnson finally produced some big runs. He is still spending too much time sitting in the hole before turning on the jets, but he's already had his best game this season with seven carries for 41 yards.
The passing game is also spotty. Not having Kenny Britt hurts. Even without the team's top receiver, Matt Hasselbeck isn't afraid to throw against Joe Haden. Two passing touchdowns have been to tight ends, one to Craig Stevens and one to Jared Cook.
Hasselbeck has completed eight of 12 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns.
The defense is doing a mediocre job overall. Stuffing Peyton Hillis needs to become a priority, as he's been consistently gaining yards every time he touches the ball. Montario Hardesty has also been carrying the ball pretty well. Neither one are getting huge gains, but they are chugging along in short gains.
Colt McCoy is having a pretty solid game too. Jason McCourty nearly picked off an interception in the second quarter, but he also blew coverage a couple of times. Despite a few big plays, the defense has done a good job limiting the pass.
McCoy has completed 13 of 20 passes for 137 yards and no touchdowns.
The Titans have continued to accrue too many penalties as well—there are five penalties on the defense already. That is way too many for one half.
Karl Klug is continuing to impress me; he had a huge tackle for a loss in Cleveland's second drive, along with a sack and a quarterback hit. The only other Titans sack came from Jason Jones.
Marc Mariani has finally had a chance to return a kickoff. He returned it for 24 yards, so I doubt the Browns will be kicking it to him any more.
The Titans need to keep shutting down the run in the second half if they want to come away with a win. Colt McCoy can't keep drives going consistently if the Titans can stop the run.
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