|Titans ‘Pack’ it in, better Green Bay |
|Posted: Friday, September 4, 2009 3:01 pm |
|NASHVILLE — An early start to the regular season may have changed the Tennessee Titans’ approach to their final preseason game, but the outcome proved favorable nevertheless as the Titans won a 27-13 decision over the visiting Green Bay Packers Thursday night. |
In recent seasons, the Titans have closed their preseason slate on a Thursday to have a couple of extra days to prepare for the regular season opener the following Sunday.
However, this season Tennessee has the honor of playing the first regular season NFL game next Thursday at the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
As a result, the Titans’ regulars ended their night early — the only exception primarily being along the offensive line which welcomed highly-regarded Kevin Mawae back to its lineup.
In addition, after starting quarterback Kerry Collins directed the Titans to a field goal drive in his only series, backup Vince Young closed out the first half behind the regular offensive front.
After that, it was showcase time for the team’s younger players, give them a final chance to make an impression in an effort to make the squad. The team must reduce its roster from 75 to 53 players on Saturday.
“We have a couple of difficult days ahead of us as we work the roster down to 53,” said Titans’ head coach Jeff Fisher. “We have some tough decisions. I am not going in to any individual decisions right now or any of the specific battles or the what-ifs. It is going to be a tough couple of days for us.”
As for the game, Young led Tennessee to a 17-point second quarter as the Titans led 20-3 at the break. Young ran six yards for one score and threw a scoring pass of eight yards to rookie Dominique Edison with 55 seconds left in the second quarter. Young was 7-of-12 passing for 85 yards and also had five rushed for 38 yards.
Tennessee had 199 of its 338 yards in the first half. The Titans limited Green Bay to 240 yards of total offense.
Green Bay starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers played only the first series, a three-and-out. Former Louisville standout Brian Brohm went the rest of the way for the Pack, which has just two signal callers on its roster.
Tennessee third team quarterback Patrick Ramsey played the entire second half and his evening was highlighted by a 31-yard scoring pass to Edison on the Titans’ second possession of the third quarter.
The Titans start game week preparation today for the Steelers. The season opener starts a road-weighted early start to the season for Tennessee, which plays just two home games in the months of September and October.
NOTES: Martin native Chad Clifton served as a team captain for the Packers who won the opening coin toss. Clifton played just the opening series. The 6-5, 320-pound left tackle is now in his 11th season. … Green Bay defensive tackle Justin Harrell, another Martin native, was on the inactive roster. …Tennessee and Green Bay have been common opponents in the preseason. The Titans and Packers have met in the preaseason in each of the eight last seasons. Tennessee is 6-2 during the stretch.