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There are some similarities between these clubs. Each is 2-1. Each is led by a first-year head coach. Both have new offensive and defensive schemes. Each has a defense that is exceeding expectations — and in Tennessee's case, it's in a big way, as the Titans have surrendered the fewest yards in the NFL through three games. What's more, both clubs have trailed in each of their victories.
The big difference between the clubs, though, has been the QB play. Tennessee's Matt Hasselbeck has played very well, throwing for 932 yards and five TDs while completing 69.6 percent of this throws. He's attempted 112 passes.
Cleveland's Colt McCoy, meanwhile, has thrown for 634 yards and five TDs, but he's completed just 54.1 percent of his passes. Overall, he's thrown one fewer pass than Hasselbeck.
Hasselbeck lost his top target, WR Kenny Britt, to a season-ending knee injury in Week Three, but the Titans still have a solid group of pass catchers. Also, Hasselbeck has consistently delivered the ball on target through three games.
McCoy has had some good moments early in the season, but he's also had some stretches of below-average play. The Titans have been strong vs. the pass, and the Browns haven't had a receiver play as well as Tennessee's Nate Washington has.
With both defenses playing well, the edge goes to the superior offense. Tennessee has the advantage at quarterback. And just think, RB Chris Johnson hasn't gotten going yet.
Prediction: Titans 20, Browns 13
Season prediction record: 1-2