Halftime: Titans 7, Browns 3

Our halftime update from Cleveland Browns Stadium finds the Browns hanging tough...

Cleveland—The first half scoreboard shows the Browns trailing 7-3.

However, it could have been worse as the Titans turned the ball over at the one and had a field goal blocked.

Meanwhile, the battle at quarterback has Brady Quinn at 7-of-9 for 74 yards and Derek Anderson at 4-of-5 for 54 yards. Quinn led the Browns on their only scoring drive as they settled for a field goal after getting to the Titans' four. Anderson moved the team, but was sacked and victimized by penalties on his only drive.

After stopping the Titans on a quick three-and-out to start the game, the Browns returned the favor. After the Browns punt, the Titans moved down the field on their second possession and scored a touchdown with 4:59 to play as Kerry Collins hit Justin Gage for a six-yard touchdown to make it 7-0.

A big play was a 15-yard pass from Collins to Chris Johnson that put the ball on the Browns' nine after Collins fumbled the snap. Two plays later, Collins threw a perfect ball to the corner of the end zone andGage kept both feet in bounds as he beat Rod Hood. The Titans went 75 yards in 12 plays consuming 6:06 on the drive.

The Browns answered with a nice drive after the Titans' score, but it stalled at the Titans' four.  Phil Dawson kicked a 21-yard field goal with 12:51 to play in the first half. The Browns went 75 yards in 13 plays taking 7:08 off the clock.

Quinn had completions for 18 yards to Mike Furrey and Josh Cribbs, as well as completions for 11 yards to Jamal Lewis and Robert Royal. Quinn was 6-of-7 for 66 yards on the drive.

The Titans answered back with a long drive to the Browns' 10, but when the drive stalled the Titans attempted a field goal by Rob Bironas. However, Robaire Smith broke through and batted it down and Brandon McDonald picked up the loose ball and returned it to the Browns' 13.

Derek Anderson took over at quarterback at the 13 and hit Mohamed Massaquoi for 14 yards and then found Braylon Edwards for 25 yards to the Titans' 39. However, a sack and a penalty moved them back where they were forced to punt.

Vince Young came in and ran the hurry up offense near the end of the first half and moved the Titans down field quickly. Corey Ivy was called for pass interference at the Browns' 16 with 18 seconds to play. A 10-yard pass to Gage took the ball to the four with 13 seconds to play. However, Young took off and fumbled the ball near the goal line and Brandon McDonald scooped up the ball to thwart the drive.

The half ended with the Titans leading 7-3.

Notebook

QB Derby: QB Brady Quinn started and had a three-and-out on the first series. The first play was a low pass he bounced to WR Josh Cribbs. Quinn was 1-of-2 for 8 yards on the first series. Quinn was 6-of-7 for 66 yards on the second series and led the Browns to a 21-yard field goal by K Phil Dawson . For the half, Quinn was 7-of-9 for 74 yards. QB Derek Anderson entered the game with 5:39 to play. Starting at the 13, Anderson quickly hit WR Mohamed Massaquoi for 14 yards and then he hit WR Braylon Edwards for 25 yards to the Titans' 39. On the next play, Anderson was sacked for an eight-yard loss. A false start and incomplete pass moved the Browns back into their own territory and they had to punt. Anderson was 4-of-5 for 54 yards with one sack.

For Starters: Defensively, S Mike Adams started in place of S Brodney Pool , while LB Alex Hall started in place of LB David Bowens and DL Ahtyba Rubin started in place of DL Shaun Rogers. Offensively, Alex ack stated at center with Floyd Womack at right guard and John St. Clair at right tackle. Josh Cribbs started at wide receiver opposite of WR Braylon Edwards. The Browns employed two tight ends early on with Steve Heiden and Robert Royal on the field together.

Good Start: LB Kamerion Wimbley and C.J. Mosley sacked QB Kerry Collins on third down on the first series.

Robaire's Revenge: DL Robaire Smith broke through and blocked a field goal attempt by K Rob Bironas in the second quarter. Smith formerly played for the Titans and he is returning after rupturing his Achilles last season.

Weird Call: The officials called an unsportsmanlike penalty on QB Derek Anderson on the sidelines for tripping an official. The ruling was Anderson was past the area that players are allowed to be. The play was a deep ball that was overthrown by QB Kerry Collins.

Mangini Adds Ex-NFL Official: Leaving no stone unturned, Mangini has added a former NFL official to his staff to help the coaching staff with evaluating whether or not they should challenge calls during a game, as well as instructing the players and staff on what the officials are looking for during a game.

Dick McKenzie was an official for 17 years and then spent 10 years evaluating officials in the NFL office. He is from Lorain County and his son, Dana, is currently in his second year as an NFL official. Due to the elder McKenzie's affiliation with the Browns, the crew of Don Carey will not do any Browns games this season.

Mangini spoke about the move this past week.

"What I'm hoping to do there is have someone in the booth for replays that really understands not just the calls and the rule, but there are nuances to each rule and there's things that are challengeable, but really unlikely that you're going to get.

"There are things that are challengeable and you have a higher percentage of getting something overturned. You have to make that decision."

Mangini is hoping the move will help the Browns to cut down on penalties, as well.

"I think having someone who has insight into that is valuable," he said. "He'll also work with our local officials and help them become better officials, so that are players get a more realistic sense of how things are going to be called and that will have value."


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