The History of The Browns Vs. The Titans/Oilers

The Browns and the Titans/Oilers have played 67 games with the Browns holding a 35-32 edge. Against the Titans, the Browns are 5-10 and are currently on a three-game losing streak. The Houston Oilers were an original member of the American Football League which merged with the NFL prior to the 1970 season. The Browns first played Houston on November 22, 1970, and defeated the Oilers, 28-14. The Browns won the next eight, the longest win streak by either team in the series. After moving to Tennessee in 1997, the Tennessee Oilers played in Memphis in 1997 and Nashville in 1998 at Vanderbilt Stadium. In 1999 to coincide with the opening of their new stadium in Nashville, the team changed its name to the Titans. The Browns and the Titans first played on September 19, 1999. The longest win streak the Browns have had versus the Titans is three games. The starting quarterbacks who have beaten the Titans were Tim Couch (twice), Trent Dilfer, Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel.

Of the Browns’ five wins versus the Titans, three were the most memorable because of Browns comeback wins. The first happened on December 30, 2001. This game occurred after the “Bottlegate” game and security was heavy at Adelphia Coliseum in Nashville. The score was tied 14-14 at the end of the first quarter and 24-24 at the half. On the strength of two Eddie George touchdown runs, the Titans built a 38-24 lead early in the fourth quarter. The Browns would score the next 17 points. RB Jamel White on a two-yard touchdown run, a four-yard touchdown pass to WR Kevin Johnson from QB Tim Couch and a 44-yard field goal from Phil Dawson with 55 seconds left in the game. Couch finished the game 20 of 27 for 336 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Here are the ESPN highlights, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUklHmSjERQ.

The following season on September 22, 2002, the Browns staged another comeback win in Nashville. Trailing 21-7 at the half and 28-14 with a little over five minutes left in the game, the Browns scored the next 17 points. With 2:35 left in the game, QB Tim Couch hit WR Andre’ Davis with a 12-yard touchdown pass making the score 28-21 Titans. After the touchdown, the Browns and kicker Phil Dawson executed the most amazing onside kick I’ve ever seen. With all but two Browns players lined up on the right side of the field, Dawson kicked the ball up in the air to the left. WR Dennis Northcutt got the perfect bounce and grabbed the ball before going out of bounds. Browns ball. With 18 seconds left in the game, Couch threw a touchdown pass to Northcutt tying the game after the extra point by Dawson. The Browns won the coin toss in overtime and Dawson kicked the game-winning 33-yard field goal. Couch finished the game 26 of 50 for 326 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Here are the ESPN highlights, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dxujnGqMNI.

On October 5, 2014, the Browns manufactured the greatest regular-season comeback by a road team in NFL history. This game looked like a Titans blowout from the beginning. Trailing 28-3, the Browns finally found the end zone with 12 seconds before the half on a QB Brian Hoyer to TE Jim Dray pass making the score 28-10 Titans. The Browns would go on to score 19 unanswered points. They started with a third-quarter with a 42-yard field goal by Billy Cundiff. In the fourth quarter, Browns LB and special team ace Tank Carder blocked a Titans punt for a safety making the score 28-15 Titans. With about eight minutes left in the game, Hoyer threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to WR Travis Benjamin closing the score to 28-22 Titans. On fourth and inches from their own 42-yard line with 3:09 left in the game, the Titans went for the first down. The Browns made the stop. After an unsuccessful challenge of the spot by the Titans and the Browns took over with one time out left. On second and four from the Titans six-yard line, Hoyer found Benjamin in the back of the end zone for the touchdown with 1:09 left in the game. After the Cundiff extra point, the Browns led for the first time in the game, 29-28. Here is a game highlight summary with some dramatic background music added by a Browns fan, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLvCSkHsO8Y.

This Sunday, the Browns are again trying to break a losing streak to an opponent, this time three games. Hopefully, an amazing comeback won’t be needed for the win.

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