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NFL Week 1 PFF ReFocused: Tennessee Titans 43, Cleveland Browns 13

By PFF Analysis Team
Sep 8, 2019
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The Tennessee Titans powered past the much-hyped Cleveland Browns, 43-13, in Week 1 of the 2019 NFL season.

PFF’s ReFocused series features immediate takeaways from the two analysts who graded the game live. The two offer a detailed breakdown of the game’s most notable performances before the grades and advanced stats are reviewed and finalized by Senior Analysts.

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Final Score

Tennessee Titans 43, Cleveland Browns 13

Tennessee Titans

Right tackle Jack Conklin turned in an excellent performance as both a run-blocker and pass-blocker. The only real knock on his performance was a holding penalty against Myles Garrett. His return to form will be a big boost to the Titans’ offense after an injury-plagued 2018 season.

Cameron Wake enjoyed his time against the Browns’ offensive tackles, racking up a couple of sacks including one for a safety. The Titans schemed up various stunts and blitzes throughout the game to bring heat which led to some holding penalties as well as poor throws and decisions from Baker Mayfield.

Rookie takeaway

Wide receiver A.J. Brown dazzled in his regular-season debut, catching three passes for 100 yards. His best play of the game came on the first play of the second half when he forced several missed tackles, turning a pass caught 12 yards downfield into a 51-yard gain.

Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield looked superb for the first three-quarters of the game and barely missed any throws. However, the wheels fell off in the fourth quarter and every poor throw seemingly led to an interception. He wasn’t helped much by his offensive line either, as the unit lost a player to injury and another to an ejection.

After a stellar rookie season, cornerback Denzel Ward‘s sophomore campaign got off to a very rough start. Ward surrendered a 47-yard reception to A.J. Brown on Tennesse’s first drive of the game. He went on to be called for defensive holding twice (though one was declined in favor of a roughing the passer penalty), with both of those drives resulting in a Tennessee touchdown.

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