09/24 17:03 CDT Myles Garrett, Cleveland's defense devour Titans, Deshaun
Watson has 2 TD passes in Browns' 27-3 win
Myles Garrett, Cleveland's defense devour Titans, Deshaun Watson has 2 TD
passes in Browns' 27-3 win
By TOM WITHERS
AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) --- Nick Chubb's season-ending injury didn't crush the Cleveland
For one day, they looked even stronger.
Myles Garrett sacked Ryan Tannehill 3 1/2 times and fronted a swarming defense
that limited Tennessee to a record-low 94 yards as the Browns rolled to a 27-3
win over the Titans on Sunday.
Six days after the Browns (2-1) were gutted by seeing Chubb, the heart and soul
of the team, carted off in tears with a severe knee injury at Pittsburgh,
Garrett and Cleveland's defense stepped up with a dominant performance that
overwhelmed the Titans (1-2).
The Browns' offense did its part as well, with Deshaun Watson bouncing back
from two subpar performances to start the season with his best day since
signing with Cleveland.
Watson completed 27 of 33 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns, his
43-yarder to Amari Cooper putting the Browns up 27-3 in the fourth quarter.
Other than an ill-advised pitch while being harassed, Watson was on target.
"That's Deshaun, that's who he is," said Cooper, who had 116 yards on seven
catches. "He's just going to continue to amaze us all every week."
As difficult as it was to lose Chubb, Watson said the Browns were inspired by
seeing him back at the team's facility this week.
"There was of course, a little sadness and disappointment on his face," Watson
said. "But at the same time he looked every single one of us in our eyes. He
told me, ?Go get it because I need it,' And not just for himself, but just for
this team, this organization.
"So there was no doubt in mind that were going to come out here and play good."
Jerome Ford, who moved into Chubb's starting spot, had two touchdowns --- a
19-yard reception from Watson in the second quarter and a 3-yard run in the
Tennessee has never had a worse day on offense.
It was the fewest yards for the Titans since they relocated from Houston in
1997. The previous low was 98 against Jacksonville in 2006.
The Browns held Tennessee All-Pro running back Derrick Henry to 20 yards on 11
carries, forced the Titans to punt seven times in nine possessions and held
them to six first downs.
It was so one-sided that on Tennessee's lone scoring drive --- capped by a
44-yard field goal from Nick Folk --- the Titans lost 9 yards.
"When you play like that and when you coach like that in this league, you get
your (butt) beat," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. "Plain and simple. It's
Tannehill was under siege all game. He was sacked five times, completed 13 of
25 passes for 104 yards and never got Tennessee's offense moving.
Garrett set the tone from the start.
With the Titans driving for a possible score before halftime, Garrett sacked
Tannehill on the final play of the half --- a fitting finish for an attacking
defense unleashed by first-year coordinator Jim Schwartz, who spent the past
two seasons as an advisor with the Titans.
On Friday, Garrett conducted his weekly news conference while eating a sandwich
It was merely an appetizer.
Cleveland's All-Pro end devoured the Titans, particularly left tackle Andre
Dillard. On the last play of the half, Garrett sped around Dillard and was
still being blocked when he grabbed and took down Tannehill.
"When Myles do that, he's the best player in the world," Watson said. "We
believe that and we know that. We see it every day in practice and we see it
every day on Sunday. He wanted to show that he's the best guy in the world at
Garrett's sack effectively ended the game, but Ford helped end any doubts with
his TD run in the third quarter that put the Browns up 20-3.
An exclamation point for Cleveland's defense came on the first two plays of the
fourth when Alex Wright and Garrett recorded sacks on consecutive plays, much
to the delight of Schwartz, who smiled on the sideline.
Watson's TD pass to Ford came after Cleveland's quarterback took a shot to the
head from linebacker Arden Key, who was called for roughing the passer on the
same play the Titans were penalized for pass interference.
Watson was checked by trainers but stayed in and connected four plays later
At that point, the Browns had outgained the Titans 117-2.
The Browns had what should have been a touchdown taken away in the first half,
when field judge Jeff Shears ruled Cooper stepped out of bounds after a catch.
However, Cooper, who may have gotten away with a push, never touched the
The play is not reviewable, and the Browns settled for a 52-yard field goal by
"I got robbed of a touchdown," Cooper said, smiling. "I knew I didn't step out."
Tennessee's DeAndre Hopkins extended his streak of catching at least one pass
to 148 games. He has caught a pass in every game in his career and his run is
the longest active streak in the league.
Titans: Backup RB and special teamer Julius Chestnut (left leg) was injured on
Tennessee's first punt. He was unable to put any weight on his leg while being
taken to the locker room. ... CB Sean Murphy-Bunting, who forced and recovered
a fumble in the first quarter, was evaluated for a concussion.
Titans: Host another AFC North opponent, Cincinnati, next Sunday.
Browns: Host Baltimore next Sunday.
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