Titans, Browns set battle on the ground

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns may only have two combined wins, but they also have two of the best rushing attacks in the NFL.

The Titans are 2-3 after racking up 235 yards in a 30-17 win at Miami Sunday. That effort pushed the Titans all the way up to second in the NFL, averaging 142 yards rushing a game.

The 0-5 Browns were No. 1 before a 33-13 loss to New England last week pushed their rush attack down to fifth at 124 yards per game.

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Titans head coach Mike Mularkey says the Titans are looking for the Browns to come right at them. He said, “They’ve got two dangerous backs. They believe in the run, their team does, and you know I don’t see that changing.”

The Browns lead back is Isaiah Crowell who is fifth in the NFL with 416 yards on the season and his 5.6 yards per carry is second most among backs with at least 50 carries.

The Titans rank 14th in the league in stopping the run and are coming off a stifling effort in Miami in which they surrendered only 51 yards. They’re giving up only 98 yards a game, but Titans linebacker Wesley Woodyard expects those stats to be tested.

“I don’t think they are going to get away from their game plan, you know. They come in with Crowell he’s a top five rusher in the NFL and been doing a pretty good job. So, we expect to see a lot of runs but hey with the quarterback situation who knows what they are going to do,” Woodyard said.

The Browns have struggled to keep a healthy quarterback on the field all season losing Josh McCown, Robert Griffin III and Cody Kessler all to injury.

Kessler is expected to be back on the field Sunday in Nashville where the Titans opened a seven point favorite.