The Cleveland Browns (8-3) take their top-ranked rushing attack to face the Tennessee Titans’ (8-3) league-leading running-back Derrick Henry on Sunday.
Henry, on 1257 yards, acknowledged Cleveland’s Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt are “one of the best duos in the game, if not the best. Those guys are ballers.”
Both could also top 1000 yards this year, with Browns running-backs coach, Stump Mitchell saying: “That’s going to happen. I knew that was going to happen before the season started.”
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel admitted Cleveland are strong “where they can run it 40 times and throw 22” so will want to force Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield to pass, with wide-receivers KhaDarel Hodge (hamstring) and Taywan Taylor (neck) both out.
Safety, Ronnie Harrison went on injured reserve this week, and cornerback Denzel Ward (calf) is also missing for Cleveland.
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski is boosted by the return of defensive-end Myles Garrett from Covid-19, saying: “He looks really good, as you’d expect.”
Garrett said: “I had it, kicked my butt. Now I’m back.”
Tennessee are missing tight-end Jonnu Smith (knee), tackle Isaiah Wilson (illness), and corner Adoree’ Jackson (knee) is still out, but receiver Adam Humphries is available having cleared the concussion protocol.
Predicted Score – Browns 20 – 31 Titans
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