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Posted Oct 2, 2011

TITANS 3-1 THROUGH FOUR GAMES: The win over the Browns—the Titans’ first road victory since Oct. 18, 2010 at Jacksonville—gave the Titans three consecutive wins and provided a 3-1 or better record for the sixth time since 1999.  They went on to make the playoffs in each of the previous five occasions they won at least three of their first four games (1999, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2008). 

HASSELBECK’S FIRST FOUR GAMES: Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck passed for 220 yards against the Browns, giving him 1,152 passing yards through the first four weeks of the season.  That represents a career high for Hasselbeck through four weeks, and it amounts to the second-best start to a season in franchise history.  Only Warren Moon, who passed for 1,344 yards in the first four weeks of 1990, has had a better total than Hasselbeck, whose complete statistics also include 132 attempts, 88 completions, eight touchdowns, three interceptions and a passer rating of 104.7.

HASSELBECK’S TOUCHDOWNS THROUGH FOUR GAMES: With touchdown passes in the first half to tight ends Craig Stevens and Jared Cook and to wide receiver Damian Williams, Matt Hasselbeck completed his sixth, seventh and eighth touchdown passes of the season.  That sets his career high for touchdown passes through the first four games of a season, surpassing his 2007 and 2009 totals (seven through four games).  Hasselbeck now has 184 career touchdown passes.

HASSELBECK WITH THREE TOUCHDOWNS IN THE FIRST HALF: Sunday’s effort marked the sixth time in Matt Hasselbeck’s career he completed three or more touchdowns in the first half.  Prior to the game against the Browns, he accomplished the feat most recently as a member of the Seahawks in last year’s Wild Card game against the New Orleans Saints (Jan. 8).

TWO COMPLETIONS OF 50-PLUS YARDS: Matt Hasselbeck became the first Titans quarterback since Steve McNair in 2005 to complete two passes of 50-plus yards in the same game.  Hasselbeck completed a 57-yard strike to Nate Washington and an 80-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cook.  McNair accomplished the feat against the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 27, 2005.     

NO SACKS BY BROWNS: The Browns entered the contest ranked second in the NFL with 11 sacks.  However, the Titans offensive line did not allow a sack for the second time this season. They have given up just four sacks all year.    

CJ HITS 100: Running back Chris Johnson finished the game with 23 carries for 101 yards (4.4 avg.).  It marked his 25th career 100-yard rushing game and his first since Dec. 19, 2010 against Houston.  Johnson sparked the offense against the Browns with a 25-yard run in the first quarter, his longest run of the season. Five plays later, the Titans went up 7-3.

ROOKIE DEFENSIVE PAIR STARTS AGAIN: Rookie defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and rookie linebacker Akeem Ayers received starts again for the fourth consecutive week.  This is the first time in the franchise’s “Titans era” (1999-present) in which two defensive rookies have started each of the team’s first four games.

ROOS MAKES 100TH CONSECUTIVE START: Left tackle Michael Roos made his 100th consecutive start.  He has not missed a start since being selected in the second round of the 2005 NFL Draft.  Entering the week, his streak of consecutive starts ranked second among all NFL offensive tackles and tied for sixth among all offensive linemen.

STEVENS SCORES THIRD CAREER TOUCHDOWN: The Titans took a 7-3 lead in the first quarter on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck to tight end Craig Stevens.  The touchdown was Stevens’ first of the season and third of his career.       

COOK’S 80-YARD TOUCHDOWN RARE FOR A TIGHT END: The Titans went up 14-6 in the second quarter on an 80-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck to tight end Jared Cook.  The reception was the longest of Cook's career, and the pass tied for the second-longest pass of Hasselbeck's career.  The last Titans/Oilers tight end with a touchdown reception of 80-plus yards was Willie Frazier on Nov. 6, 1964, and the last NFL tight end with a touchdown reception of 80 or more yards was Zach Miller on Oct. 18, 2009 (86 yards).

GRIFFIN PROVIDES FOURTH-DOWN STOP: In the second quarter, the Browns faced a fourth-and-one at the Tennessee 41. Quarterback Colt McCoy pitched the ball to running back Armond Smith, but safety Michael Griffin shot through the line to stop Smith for no gain.      

KLUG, JONES GET SACKS IN FIRST HALF: Rookie defensive tackle Karl Klug notched his second career sack in the first quarter. In the second period, defensive end Jason Jones notched his first sack of the season, giving him 13.5 in his four-year career.    

AYERS, MORGAN WITH SACKS IN SECOND HALF: Rookie linebacker Akeem Ayers, a second-round draft pick in 2011, notched his first career sack in the third quarter, dropping Colt McCoy for a one-yard loss. In the fourth period, last year’s first-round pick, defensive end Derrick Morgan, recorded his second sack of the season (3.5 career).    

WASHINGTON NOTCHES 57-YARD CATCH: Wide receiver Nate Washington caught a 57-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck to set up a touchdown in the second quarter.  It was the third-longest reception of Washington’s career.   

WILLIAMS SCORES FIRST CAREER TOUCHDOWN: Second-year wide receiver Damian Williams scored his first career touchdown to help the Titans go up 21-6 late in the first half.  The former third-round pick out of USC scored on a four-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck.  

HOPE BACK IN LINEUP BUT LEAVES WITH ANOTHER INJURY: Titans safety Chris Hope was back in the starting lineup after missing the previous two games.  He had a consecutive starting streak of 49 games ended after suffering a shoulder injury in Week 1 at Jacksonville.  However, he injured his forearm in the first quarter against the Browns and was forced out of action once again. 

BABINEAUX PROVIDES BIG PLAY: Safety Jordan Babineaux, playing for an injured Chris Hope, helped put the Titans ahead 31-6 in the third quarter.  He caught an errant Colt McCoy pass for his 11th career interception and then raced 97 yards for a touchdown.  The interception return was the fourth-longest in franchise history.

BIRONAS PLAYS IN 100TH GAME: In winds that ranged from 20 to 40 miles per hour, kicker Rob Bironas made his only field goal attempt (39 yards) and connected on all four extra point attempts in his 100th career game.  He has not missed a game since joining the Titans in 2005.

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