Final

Titans 13

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Jaguars 10

(0-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 9, 2007

EverBank Field, Jacksonville, FL 

1 2 3 4 T
TEN 3 3 7 013
JAX 7 3 0 010

Top Performers

Passing: D. Garrard (JAX) - 204 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Brown (TEN) - 19 CAR, 175 YDS

Receiving: D. Northcutt (JAX) - 4 REC, 57 YDS

Titans put up 282 rushing yards on Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The scoreboard gave Chris Brown very little indication how successful he was against Jacksonville. The silence said much more.

Scouts Buzz
Going into the season everyone questioned Tennessee's decision to let Travis Henry go after a 1,000-yard season, but the Titans answered those questions with 282 rushing yards against the Jaguars. Chris Brown, who has had a mediocre career to this point, shredded Jacksonville for 175 of those yards, making big gains on cutbacks.

Tennessee found a lot of success with the stretch draw, starting Brown off-tackle and then allowing him to cut back against the strong pursuit of the Jaguars. The Titans' offensive line did a great job of sustaining its blocks and making the Jacksonville defensive front work so hard to get across blocks that they were opened up to the cuts against the grain.
-- Doug Kretz, Scouts Inc.
Complete Week 1 Scouts Buzz

"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.

LenDale White added 66 yards on the ground, and Vince Young scrambled for 22 and a touchdown.

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.

Defensive ends Paul Spicer, Bobby McCray and Reggie Hayward weren't much better.

"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 Koetter.

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 slack.

"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."

Game notes


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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Team Stat Comparison

 
Tennessee
Jacksonville
1st Downs2213
3rd down efficiency
6-125-12
4th down efficiency
0-10-1
Total Yards350272
Yards per play5.15.4
Total Drives41
Passing68200
Comp-Att
11-1817-30
Yards per pass
3.86.7
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-102-4
Rushing28272
Rushing Attempts
4918
Yards per rush
5.84.0
Penalties4-294-45
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
10
Possession36:5523:05

Passing Leaders

TENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Young11/18784.3011-6
JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Garrard17/302046.8102-4

Rushing Leaders

TENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown191759.2042
White18663.7013
JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones-Drew7324.6023
Garrard5244.8013

Receiving Leaders

TENRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gage22613.0017
Scaife2189.0021
JAXRECYDSAVGTDLG
Northcutt45714.3022
Broussard25527.5147

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTENJAX
FG04:03Rob Bironas 20 Yd 30
TD03:24John Broussard 47 Yd Pass From David Garrard (Josh Scobee Kick) 37
SECOND QUARTERTENJAX
FG04:19Josh Scobee 22 Yd 310
FG00:43Rob Bironas 31 Yd 610
THIRD QUARTERTENJAX
TD00:59Vince Young 2 Yd Run (Rob Bironas Kick) 1310