NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s defense denied Atlanta the end zone early, and the Titans’ offense found it thrice in a 27-16 win at LP Field on Saturday.
After opening slowly on its first two possessions, the Titans moved the ball effectively on their third possession by opening with a pair of passes from
The drive built on momentum gained when the defense kept Atlanta outside of Tennessee’s 25-yard line and forced a 46-yard field goal by Jeremy Shelley that sailed wide right.
“We started off a little slow,” Locker said. “We didn’t get a whole lot of plays in the first quarter, but we really came back in the second quarter. I think we controlled the ball, controlled the line of scrimmage. We were able to do really well in the play-action game, moved the ball down the field and were able to put some points on the board.”
Tennessee also mounted scoring drives on each of its next two possessions. The Titans blended passing by Locker and power running by Greene during a 10-play drive that gained 64 yards in 5:23 and ended with a 39-yard field goal by
“We had three good drives there in the second quarter, and it was a nice two-minute drive at the end to get the field goal,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “We haven’t had one of those, so that was good to see. The fumble early by Jake (Locker) trying to make a play kind of slowed the offense early, but after that, it was good. I think now we’re getting a feel for it.”
Tennessee (1-2 in the preseason) overcame penalties on each of Atlanta’s first two possessions and the fumble that gave the ball to the Falcons (0-3) at the Tennessee 47-yard line to start the second possession.
The turnover was the first committed by the Titans this preseason and occurred after Locker eluded a sack on quick pressure by the Falcons, rolled to the right and scrambled for six yards as he tried to convert a third-and-7.
Locker played one series in the third quarter before yielding to
Fitzpatrick came in blazing with a 56-yard completion to
Tennessee’s first team frequently pressured Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan and sacked him four times in the first half. Titans defensive tackle
“It went real well,” Casey said. “That was one of our goals this whole season is to get to the quarterback and take pressure off of our DBs, and I felt up front we had a great game today being able to do that.”
Other items of note:
— Bironas bounced back from two missed field goals at Cincinnati with strong kicks of 39 and 53 yards.
— Washington and Greene did not play in the second half because of ankle sprains they suffered in the first half.
— The pre-game playlist included “Keep on Waylin,” which is a song recently written by Titans offensive tackle
— Tennessee played without its three starting linebackers from 2012.
— In addition to Ayers, McCarthy and Brown,