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Here's a matchup to watch in Sunday's Titans-Browns game:
Browns WRs Joshua Cribbs, Greg Little and Mohamed Massaquoi vs. Titans CBs Cortland Finnegan, Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner
Through three games, the Titans have allowed fewer yards than any other team. A major key to their success has been their pass defense. Only the Steelers are surrendering less pass yards than Tennessee, which is allowing 172 passing yards per game.
The Titans have covered opposing wide receivers very well. No wideout has exceeded 55 yards receiving vs. Tennessee in 2011. In the Titans' 17-14 Week Three win vs. Denver, the Broncos' top target, WR Eric Decker, had 48 yards receiving on seven catches. Decker was credited with 12 targets.
Finnegan, known for his physicality and feistiness, is one of the AFC's better cover cornerbacks. McCourty, who has two interceptions this season (one off an overthrow, one off a deflection), has good size for the position. Verner, a starter for most of last season, plays the ball well and intercepted a pass in Week Two.
Massaquoi, who caught the game-winning 14-yard TD pass vs. Miami on Sunday, has shown he can make plays downfield, but he has just eight catches in 19 targets this season. Little, who played 50 snaps in Week Three, according to head coach Pat Shurmur, has caught 8-74-0 (13 targets). He has shown intriguing ability early in his career, but like Massaquoi, he was a nonfactor until Cleveland's game-clinching drive on Sunday. Cribbs (7-103-1 in 12 targets) didn't return kickoffs or punts last week because of a groin injury, but he did make an impact as a receiver, leaping to haul in a 33-yard TD in the second quarter.
All three of the Browns' primary wide receivers have playmaking ability, but only Massaquoi (77 yards in Week One) has exceeded 50 yards receiving in any of Cleveland's three games.