Rapid Reaction: Titans 17, Jaguars 10

September, 7, 2008
9/07/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

NASHVILLE -- All the concerns about the Titans came to pass. Vince Young was inaccurate. He threw a couple bad interceptions. His receivers didn't make plays for him. To make things worse, he didn't finish the game, due to a sprained left knee.

But while the Jaguars won the plays-by-receivers contest, the Titans won the game -- 17-10.

All offseason the Titans fielded heat about the moves they didn't make at wide receiver to help Young. People seemed to forget that with a crew that probably ranked worse, and with Young throwing 17 picks against nine touchdowns, the Titans were a 10-6 team that went to the playoffs in 2007.

Hello again?

Today they showed off their new weapon -- rookie running back Chris Johnson took 18 touches 127 yards -- and showed that the same formula that carried them last year can work again: run well, play sturdy defense, create the breaks in a tight game.

The Titans stifling run defense allowed just 33 ground yards. They took down David Garrard seven times. Cortland Finnegan pulled in two picks.

For the second year in a row the Jaguars are left to sort out an opening day loss to Tennessee.

At least this time it came on the road.

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