Oct 16, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) celebrates after sacking Cleveland Browns quarterback Cody Kessler (6) in the second half at Nissan Stadium. Woods missed the last two games and Riggs the past three. Casey credited fans with forcing two penalties by the Browns, the kind of vocal support Tennessee has lacked after winning only five games combined the past two seasons. If the Browns would have been successful on the previous two point conversion, what would Jackson have done, kick the extra point for the tie or try to take the lead?
“I went for two early because I know at some point we needed to go for it”, Jackson said. Obviously, we don’t want to make it that close. “I think we played it the best way we could at that time”.
“Mariota, he’s a special player so we’ve just got to be able to control both aspects of the game as far as running and passing”, Cleveland defensive lineman Danny Shelton said.
“I’m making these decisions with very good information”, he said. “We are going to continue to harp on the fundamentals to get there”.
“Really out of our control what else goes on around the league other than what we have to do on Sunday, ” Mularkey said. However, still needing another score, Parkey’s PAT made it 28-26 with 27 seconds left to play.
The Browns began the game by sticking to their team tradition of allowing the opposing team to drive down the field for a touchdown on their opening possession.
Next Week: Cleveland looks to snap that nine-game losing streak which dates back to last season when they travel to the Queen City to battle the Bengals.
Mariota completed 17-of-24 passes for 284 yards with one interception and finished with a season-best 132.6 passer rating in the game.
Mariota started the game with a 41-yard run on the Titans first play on offense.
Three of the Browns six losses have been by six or fewer points.
His players backed him up, saying they had no issue with the decision and it was their job to make it. With all the injuries his team has suffered, it is fantastic he has been able to get so much out of the many rookies on the roster, which is a testament to his abilities as a coach. After that the Browns held the Titans to 96 yards on 30 carries. Titans wide receiver Kendall Wright said he wasn’t too anxious.
He threw two touchdown passes to Pryor.
The Browns were all but down and out when Mariota found Anthony Fasano on a 15 yard play action pass to put the Titans up by 15 with just under seven minutes to play. Wright finished with eight catches for 133 yards. As a team, the Browns were averaging 124.8 yards a game, 5th in NFL.