The Titans today take to the road for the second time in the 2011 regular season, and for the first time this year weather may be a factor. Jim Wyatt noted it’s a cold and blustery day in Cleveland, with whitecaps on Lake Erie. The forecast includes steady rain in the afternoon and wind in the 25-35 mph range. Sounds like a challenge for both Matt Hasselbeck and Colt McCoy, neither of whom has the strongest arm. The inactives are coming out for today’s game, and here they are:
CLEVELAND BROWNS: LB Titus Brown, TE Jordan Cameron, OL Oneil Cousins, DB Eric Hagg, QB Thaddeus Lewis, WR Carlton Mitchell, OL Steve Vallos
TENNESSEE TITANS: DT Zach Clayton, CB Chris Hawkins, C Kevin Matthews, LB Gerald McRath, DT Malcolm Sheppard, QB Rusty Smith, OT Byron Stingily
For the Browns, questionable players who will start include CB Sheldon Brown, WR Josh Cribbs, and tackles Tony Pashos and Joe Thomas. Peyton Hillis also returns to the lineup, as expected. The Titans’ only notable injury is Gerald McRath, who was listed as questionable. I’d expect Will Witherspoon to get work in nickel packages. As expected, Chris Hope returns to the lineup after missing the two previous games.
Especially with the weather, I’m expecting a close, low-scoring game, and for the Titans to come out on top, they’ll probably have to run the ball much more effectively than they have so far this year. That’s a doable proposition, but not a guaranteed one.
Feel free to leave your comments here during today’s game.