NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Mike Sherman is certain his Green Bay
Packers aren't ready for the regular season. For Jeff Fisher and
his young Tennessee Titans, go ahead and bring on the opener.
Craig Nall tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Walt Williams
early in the fourth quarter, and Mike Hawkins intercepted a pass in
the end zone with 2:26 left as Green Bay beat Tennessee 21-17 on
The Packers (2-2) trailed 17-10 at halftime, but they rallied to
snap a two-game losing streak with three interceptions in the
second half. They helped Green Bay overcome two turnovers, three
sacks allowed and 13 penalties for 121 yards.
"We have a long way to go," Sherman said. "As I said, ...
we're going to be a work in progress, and it doesn't stop at the
end of the preseason. It's going to have to continue. ...
Hopefully, we'll make some improvement."
The Packers topped their point total through the first three
exhibitions, having come into this game with a league-low 20.
"We're still at a point where we don't want to be," Packers
receiver Javon Walker said. "Obviously, we've got to come out and
really lose a lot of the penalties."
The game started after a moment of silence for the victims of
Hurricane Katrina, which was only appropriate considering the
number of players on both teams worried about relatives along the
Gulf Coast. Both quarterbacks -- Brett Favre of Green Bay and Steve
McNair of the Titans -- are Mississippi natives.
They worked together Wednesday to fill a tractor-trailer with
supplies for their home state and have spent more time worrying
about friends and family than their preseason finale.
"Once you get in between the white lines, it helps a lot to
take your mind off of it," said McNair, who planned to leave for
Hattiesburg on Friday. "Overall, I think we played well despite
Both Favre and McNair played only three series, although Fisher
played most of his starters into the third quarter despite Sherman
choosing to protect his starters by pulling them before halftime.
"We're as ready as we can be for the regular season," Fisher
First-round draft pick Adam "Pacman" Jones unexpectedly
started at right cornerback for the Titans (1-3) in his second
preseason game and was welcomed with a chorus of boos. Fisher had
wanted to test the rookie against Favre.
Jones, the sixth overall pick out of West Virginia, muffed his
first two punt returns with the second bouncing off his shoulder.
Maybe it was left-footed punter B.J. Sander, but newly signed Troy
Edwards also dropped his opportunity before recovering the fumble.
The Packers started Adrian Klemm at left guard and William
Whitticker at right guard in their last chance to see if they're up
to being starters. Judging from the early pressure on Favre, they
might not be completely ready.
Favre was sacked on the third play from scrimmage, and Odom also
forced Favre to fumble and recovered the ball for the Titans at the
Green Bay 14.
Chris Brown scored on a 5-yard touchdown run three plays later
for a 7-0 lead.
The Packers went three and out on the next series with
linebacker Keith Bulluck batting down a pass from Favre only a
couple feet away from the quarterback. With Scott Wells in at left
guard, Favre didn't complete his first pass until 4 minutes were
left in the first quarter with a 5-yarder to Walker.
But Favre was kicked by Titans tackle Rien Long after completing
a 29-yard pass to Robert Ferguson on third-and-4. Favre limped off
with a sprained ankle and was replaced by rookie Aaron Rodgers for
three plays. Favre returned and tossed a 4-yard TD toss to Walker
to make it 10-7 early in the second quarter.
"We have to get something going and have a short time to get
there," Favre said. "I couldn't go out like that. If you're going
to go back in, do something good."
That capped Favre's night. He was 4-of-8 for 49 yards, and
Sherman said Favre should be fine by Wednesday.
McNair helped the Titans control the ball for nearly 18 minutes
in the first half with a 14-play, 61-yard drive capped by a 20-yard
field goal by Rob Bironas that made it 10-7.
But Volek was intercepted twice in the second half, including
the second by Corey Jenkins to the Titans 10 that set up Nall's
touchdown pass Williams with 12:32 left.
Walker said he finally heard that his grandparents and
uncles were safe in Mississippi but the father-in-law of one uncle
had drowned. ... Packers RB Joey Harris was carted off with a right
knee strain, and Sherman said the injury may not be as serious as
it initially appeared. ... Green Bay running back Ahman Green did
not play, but defensive tackles Grady Jackson and Cletidus Hunt
made their debuts. Jackson had three tackles, Hunt one.
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