1. The Browns must find a way to get off to a faster start. In their first three games combined, they have been outscored 20-0 in the first quarter.
2. Titans standout running back Chris Johnson has been disappointing so far with 46 carries for only 98 yards (2.1 average). The Browns’ 29th-ranked run defense can’t afford to let Johnson have a breakout game.
3. The Browns are ranked third in the NFL with 11 sacks. They must continue to rush the passer to contain quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who leads the Titans’ seventh-ranked passing offense.
4. The Browns need to let running backs Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty dictate the tempo of the game. Hillis needs to be given opportunities to show he has rebounded from strep throat. Hardesty rose to the occasion last week when Hillis was out with the illness, so Hardesty must continue to be involved.
5. The Browns need the spark Josh Cribbs gives them on special teams. Cribbs’ groin injury prevented him from returning kickoffs and punts in Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins and the difference was obvious. Cribbs, though, expects to return to those roles today.