Titans-Browns get the Week One Nantz-Romo assignment

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Three of Cleveland’s first five games this year will land in high-profile time slots. Another will draw the highest-profile broadcast team from CBS.

Via Richard Deitsch of TheAthletic.com, Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will handle the Week One game between the Titans and the Browns. While not a shock given the profile of the Browns (and the exportation of Steelers-Patriots to prime time on NBC), it underscores the reality that things have changed in Cleveland.

Dramatically.

To put a twist on that awkward-for-the-ages Kirk Cousins Sunday night pregame pep talk from last year’s Vikings-Bears game that was flexed to Sunday night, CBS won’t be sending Nantz and Romo to Cleveland because of the Titans. Which actually may play right into Titans coach Mike Vrabel‘s hands.

In his first year as a head coach, Vrabel got his team to play up to the level of the competition against teams like the Eagles, the Cowboys, and the Patriots. The Browns, despite not having a record of .500 or better since 2007 and not having a playoff berth since 2002, have been placed on a pedestal. And the Titans have the mindset and the talent to deliver what would be a Week One surprise that possibly shouldn’t surprise anyone.

15 responses to “Titans-Browns get the Week One Nantz-Romo assignment

  1. Gotta love it. The Browns have rarely been seen in primetime oh, really get nationally broadcast games, and after finely Landing some decent talent and winning 5 of their final 7 games last year, they finally get some notice and some good slots. And this is exactly what would happen to any team that has been bad but suddenly have a hot hand at QB, notable free-agent signings, and turned their fortunes around. But for some people, that means that quarterback in that team are being “shoved down thier throats.”

    Cry me a river.

  2. Goodell and the owners have no say in how networks manage their programming. I do worry about all this pressure on the Browns. If they’re anything but ready for primetime it’s going to be ugly. Injuries, random issues, it won’t matter. They have to live up to the hype. Not easy with first yr coaches, 2nd yr QB and a very young team.

  3. In that NFL 100 SB commercial when Brady took off his rings* and handed them to Baker, it was NFL’s way of telling us the torch has been passed. Baker is now or soon will be the face of the league.

  4. The Browns are going to surprise some people this year. The people they’re going to surprise are the people who think they’ll win more than 8 games and challenge for a playoff spot.

  5. Last season the Browns and Steelers tied in a season opener no one outside of those teams fans saw and Tyrod Taylor had a better QB rating than Big Ben. That’s when the Browns had no expectations and a head coach that the media had no respect for.

    The league seems to have set the Browns up to have winnable games on national TV. I guess the ratings of that Jets game last season has the NFL seeing dollar signs.

  6. Would that even be an upset. I expect Tennessee to hammer them. Their strength is Cleveland’s weakness, they have a potentially dominant offensive line and ball control offense and a great secondary. Plus, Mariota won’t be hurt yet then.

  7. I think this Titan team will honestly put the hammer down on week 1. This all reminds me of the when Johnny Football was playing for the Browns. Teams were so sick of hearing how good the Browns were supposedly going to be and then just throttled them. Expect more of that.

  8. toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    August 22, 2019 at 10:52 am
    I think this Titan team will honestly put the hammer down on week 1. This all reminds me of the when Johnny Football was playing for the Browns. Teams were so sick of hearing how good the Browns were supposedly going to be and then just throttled them. Expect more of that.

    Johnny Football only wishes he was in Baker’s shoes! Baker is what Johnny was supposed to have been.

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