Sunday, October 2, 2011
Wrap-up: Titans 31, Browns 13
By Paul Kuharsky
Thoughts on the Titans 31-13 win over the Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium:
What it means: The Titans share the lead in the AFC South with a 3-1 record after an impressive road win. They showed the loss of Kenny Britt won’t ground them as three different players caught touchdown passes and Chris Johnson ran for more than 100 yards for the first time this season.
What I liked: Matt Hasselbeck completed 10 passes, but three of them were for touchdowns. The Titans got a lot of yards after the catch and they jumped ahead 31-6 after safety Jordan Babineaux added a 97-yard interception return for a score. Johnson finally found something to build on. The Titans made Cleveland one-dimensional as Colt McCoy attempted 61 passes, absorbing four sacks.
Upside down: The Titans usually love to win time of possession. But losing time of possession big -- like 36:53 to 23:07 -- is just fine when you don’t hold the ball long because you’re making big plays in a hurry. Tennessee has touchdown drives of six, one and four plays.
Debut: Rookie quarterback Jake Locker got in late and handed off a bunch. He also threw his first regular season pass, an incompletion in Nate Washington’s direction.
What’s next: The Titans are on the road in Pittsburgh to face the Steelers in the middle of their four consecutive games against the AFC South. Pittsburgh’s beaten Indianapolis and lost to Houston so far.