Sunday, October 2, 2011
Wrap-up: Titans 31, Browns 13
By Jamison Hensley
Thoughts on the Cleveland Browns' 31-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans:
What it means: This is a step back for a Browns team looking to prove itself after consecutive victories over two winless teams. Cleveland couldn't slow down a Titans passing attack that just lost its top wide receiver (Kenny Britt). The Browns are tied with the Steelers and Bengals, all of whom have 2-2 records.
Thumbs down: The Browns' pass defense. So much for that No. 3 ranking against the pass for Cleveland. Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw for 194 yards and three touchdowns in the first half as Cleveland failed to cover the tight ends. Craig Stevens caught a 12-yard touchdown after beating safety T.J. Ward, and Jared Cook had an 80-yard catch-and-run score when linebacker Scott Fujita couldn't keep up with him and safety Usama Young took a bad angle of pursuit.
Colt McCoy watch: The numbers look impressive for McCoy, who was 40 of 61 for 350 yards. But his biggest mistake sealed Cleveland's second loss at home. Even though he has been great throwing on the run, McCoy short-armed a pass while rolling to his right. It was intercepted by Jordan Babineaux and returned 97 yards for a touchdown, extending the Titans' lead to 31-6 in the third quarter.
What's next: The Browns head into the bye with a long to-do list. Their next game is a Week 6 trip out to Oakland.