The Titans offense didn't do a lot. It didn't have to. The Browns weren't much of a challenge despite leading in nearly every offensive category. Three blown defensive coverages in the first half was really the difference.
McCoy set two team records for completions and passes attempted by going 49 for 61 for 350 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Tim Couch held the previous record for pass completions in a game with 36 against the Titans in 2002. Brian Sipe held the previous record for passes attempted with 57 against the San Diego Chargers in 1981.
It obviously didn't matter. Hasselbeck completed 10 passes and had 20 attempts. He also had three touchdown passes.
End of first quarter: Titans 7, Browns 3
Both teams got their first, first quarter points of the season and the Browns are looking fairly crisp on offense. Montario Hardesty is looking extremely well at the end of the quarter, getting his first action of the game.
McCoy looks to have carried over some of the swagger from last week, spreading the ball around to five different receivers. McCoy Finished first half 5 of 8 for 75 yards.
The Browns are having major issues in the defensive secondary today. First it was Ward, appearing to get lost on the Stevens touchdown in the first quarter, then it was Jared Cook burning Fujita in coverage and allowing Usama Young to whiff on over-the-top coverage for an 80-yard touchdown.
Dmitri Patterson got burned on a 57-yard pick play to set up the Titans third touchdown.
On all three passes, the targeted receivers were all by themselves.
It has led to Matt Hasselbeck accumulating 194 yards and three touchdown passes on eight completions (12 attempts).
Meanwhile, the Browns offense was stagnant, losing the good flow it developed in the first quarter and struggling to move the football. Colt McCoy is 13 of 20 for 137 yards.
Preview stories via Ohio.com: 1. Marla Ridenour column: Browns coach Pat Shurmur is still trying to figure out his team. 2. Matchup of the week: Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck vs. the Browns' secondary. 3. Storylines. 4. Keys to the game. 5. Numbers to watch. 6. Injury report. 7. Predictions.
Top storylines -- 1. The matchup between the Browns and the Titans will feature a battle between rookie head coaches who are also former offensive linemen. Browns coach Pat Shurmur was a center at Michigan State, and Titans coach Mike Munchak had a hall-of-fame career as a guard for the Houston Oilers, who became the Titans in 1999. Which coach will pave the way for his team to prevail? 2. Mike Heimerdinger, who served as the Titans' offensive coordinator last season, died Friday of cancer. He was 58. 3. Quarterback Colt McCoy and the rest of the Browns’ offense will face their greatest test since the 2011 season began. The Titans have the NFL’s top-ranked defense (261 yards allowed per game). They’re ranked eighth against the run and second against the pass. 4. Chris Palmer returns to Cleveland Browns Stadium as the Titans’ offensive coordinator. Palmer served as the Browns’ head coach for the first two seasons of the team’s expansion era. The Browns went 5-27 with Palmer in charge. 5. Browns offensive lineman Tony Pashos, the projected starter at right tackle, has been inactive for each of the first three games this season with a left ankle injury. However, Pashos is active and expected to make his 2011 regular-season debut today. 6. Other Browns-Titans connections: Browns running backs coach Gary Brown was selected by the Oilers in the eighth round of the 1991 draft. In five seasons with the Oilers, Brown rushed for 2,115 yards in 43 games. … Titans defensive tackle Shaun Smith played for the Browns (2007-08). … Titans offensive assistant Charles London was the assistant manager of Cleveland Browns Stadium (1999-2001). Northeast Ohio connection: Titans wide receivers coach Dave Ragone is from Cleveland. He attended St. Ignatius High School.
Inactives: Browns — LB Titus Brown (ankle), SS Eric Hagg (knee), WR Carlton Mitchell (finger), QB Thaddeus Lewis, OL Steve Vallos, OL Oniel Cousins and TE Jordan Cameron. Titans — LB Gerald McGrath (knee), QB Rusty Smith, CB Chris Hawkins, C Kevin Matthews, T Byron Stingily, DT Zach Clayton and DT Malcolm Sheppard
Lineup changes: Browns -- Not really a change as he has been listed as the starter all season, but offensive lineman Tony Pashos will make his season debut at right tackle. Titans -- None.