INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 18: Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
The Cleveland Browns will have Peyton Hillis in the backfield after he was a late inactive last week. Will his counterpart, Chris Johnson, finally have his breakout game of the season?
The Cleveland Browns were a vogue candidate to be the most improved team in the NFL this season, but an opening game loss to the Cincinnati Bengals questioned that status. But the Browns did recover with victories over the Indianapolis Colts and then a late rally against the Miami Dolphins. They are slight favorites at home against the Tennessee Titans. Odds Shark placed the opening line at two points in favor of the Browns. It has moved to push and a one-point advantage for the Browns.
The Browns will need Peyton Hillis to have a full workload this week after not playing last Sunday. Montario Hardesty will likely be in line for some carries no matter how healthy Hillis is for the game.
Tennessee dropped its opening game to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but, like the Browns, rebounded with two straight wins. The 26-13 victory over the Baltimore Ravens was impressive, and the comeback win over the Broncos demonstrated that Matt Hasselbeck is not done in this league. But when will Chris Johnson have his breakout game. The Tennessee rushing attack is the worst in the league (51.7 yards).