JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The scoreboard gave Chris Brown very
little indication how successful he was against Jacksonville. The
silence said much more.
"When they got quiet, we knew we got 'em," Brown said.
The Jaguars were almost speechless after this one.
Brown ran for a career-high 175 yards -- more than he had all
last season -- as the Titans ran roughshod over the Jacksonville Jaguars, opening their season with a 13-10 victory Sunday.
Tennessee finished with 282 yards rushing, the second-most in
franchise history. The Houston Oilers had 296 yards against Kansas
City in 1977.
The Titans also answered any questions about missing Travis Henry, who ran for more than 1,200 yards last season then signed
with Denver in the offseason.
Brown and White did just fine without him.
"They didn't have an answer for us, so we just kept running the
same stuff," Brown said.
Brown found gaping holes in Jacksonville's vaunted defense,
making the Jaguars look either out of shape or out of position on
nearly every play. Most of his big runs came up the middle as
Tennessee's offensive line manhandled Pro Bowl tackles Marcus Stroud and John Henderson.
"I can definitely guarantee you one thing: you ain't going to
see that again," Spicer said. "You ain't going to see the defense
play like that again. We pride ourselves in being one of the best,
and today was one of the worst."
Stroud had offseason micro-fracture surgery on his ankle,
Hayward is coming off a torn Achilles tendon, Henderson injured
his shoulder before the preseason finale and Spicer missed most of
training camp and the preseason with a sore back.
Coach Jack Del Rio even conceded last week that Stroud and
Hayward probably would never be 100 percent again.
But the Jags refused to use the injuries as an excuse Sunday.
"They were faster, stronger, flying to the ball, blocking
better," linebacker Mike Peterson said. "I don't have any answers
for you. I wish I could give y'all some answers because I'm looking
for some answers myself."
Jacksonville spent the entire preseason working on its passing
attack, a scheme installed by new offensive coordinator Dirk
Maybe the Jaguars should have worked on the running game, too.
The were basically bottled up in this one.
Fred Taylor ran six times for 16 yards. Maurice Jones-Drew had
32 yards on seven carries. And David Garrard, who was supposed to
give the team a better chance to win in the wake of Byron Leftwich's stunning departure, didn't do enough to pick up the
"The Jaguars really depend on running the ball, and when they
couldn't run the ball, they just couldn't move it," Titans
defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth said. "They have good
receivers, but they're not a Peyton Manning-type team where they
can pass all the time."
Garrard finished 17-of-30 for 204 yards and a touchdown. His
best throw was to John Broussard in the first quarter, hitting him
in stride for a 47-yard score and a 7-3 lead. Garrard had
Jacksonville on the move several more times, but two of the drives
ended without points.
Jones-Drew fumbled -- teammate Marcedes Lewis actually kicked it
out of his hands -- at the 8-yard line following a fourth-quarter
reception with the Jags trailing 13-10. Jacksonville also could
have gone ahead 13-6 earlier in the second half with a short field
goal, but they had to go for it on fourth-and-10 from the 19
because kicker Josh Scobee was injured.
Scobee strained his right quadriceps muscle during pregame
warmups and was unable to kick anything other than an extra point
or chip-shot field goal.
Nonetheless, Tennessee probably should have put the game out of
reach before the closing minutes.
The Titans had the ball four times inside the 10-yard line, but
came away with two field goals and a touchdown. Young scored on a
draw from 2 yards out to make it 13-10 late in the third.
White was stopped on fourth down on the other drive inside the
10 -- one of the few plays the Jaguars made on defense.
"Jacksonville is supposed to be a good run-stopping defense,
but it didn't look like it today," Haynesworth said. "Chris and
LenDale had great games, and I just hope it continues."
Young was 11-of-18 passing for 78 yards with an
interception, another mediocre performance against Jacksonville.
... Jags WR Reggie Williams was inactive for the first time in his
career. ... Jacksonville has lost four in a row, including a
three-game losing streak to end last season. ... The Titans have
won seven of eight going back to last year. ... Del Rio wore a gray
coat and a tie with teal and black stripes despite temperatures
close to 90 degrees.
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