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Hasselbeck's 3 TD passes lift Titans over Browns

CLEVELAND (AP) - Matt Hasselbeck's fresh start in Tennessee has

the Titans off to an unexpected one.

The 13-year veteran quarterback, who left Seattle as a free

agent after a playoff-filled decade, threw three touchdown passes

in the first half and safety Jordan Babineaux returned an

interception 97 yards for a TD as the Titans thumped the Cleveland

Browns 31-13 on Sunday for their third straight win under

first-year coach Mike Munchak.

Hasselbeck picked apart Cleveland's secondary in the opening

half, throwing for 194 yards while helping the Titans (3-1) build a

21-6 lead.

The 36-year-old finished 10 of 20 for 220 yards - 26 on just two

completions after halftime.

The Titans were playing with heavy hearts. On Saturday, they

learned that Mike Heimerdinger, their beloved former offensive

coordinator known as "Dinger" died of cancer at 58.

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