Welcome to the pilot episode of a new weekly series by Tyler Forness, Austin Cunningham, and Anthony Smith. Every week, we will be bringing you our picks for offensive and defensive player of the week, breakout player of the week, as well as a disappointing performance and an under-the-radar storyline worth monitoring based on the previous week’s slate of games. Enjoy!
It was a rough first week for the new-look Cleveland Browns as they fell to the Tennessee Titans by a score of 43-13. There is no way around it, this was an embarrassing, and unacceptable performance from the Browns.
The Tennessee Titans would overcome early struggles on offense and several injuries to make a late push. It all came come down to the final week of the season, for a win or go home playoff opportunity against the rival Indianapolis Colts. They ended up losing out to the Colts and finishing the year with a respectable record of 9-7.
The team made a number of well-thought-out moves over the course of the offseason, that should help strengthen them on both sides of the ball. Most notable was the signing of highly sought after guard Rodger Saffold, to bolster that leaky offensive line. The unit, in fact, showed quite a bit of decline allowing 12 more sacks in 2018, as opposed to the season previous. Saffold has managed to stay healthy, only missing two games in the last three seasons.
Miami’s season started off great out of the gate, and we’re looking good at 3-0. Led by a finally healthy Ryan Tannehill, who hadn’t played since 2016. The bubble was swiftly burst as back-to-back losses followed, which included a blowout loss to the New England Patriots in week 4, and then just a week later Tannehill picked up a shoulder injury late in week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Brock Osweiler would fill in for five games, going 2-3.