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Sunday, November 2, 2008
Rapid Reaction: Titans 19, Packers 16


Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Monday night after they had pulled away from Indianapolis, I wrote about how this year's version of the Titans had a new habit -- winning with a cushion.

Today I saw old school Titans, a resilient team that hung around and hung around, enduring its share of tough moments, surviving a missed field goal at the end of regulation and beating Green Bay on a 41-yard Rob Bironas kick in overtime.

To get to 8-0, you've got to find different ways to win, and Tennessee has shown it's capable of that. A team that had given up only two sacks gave up two in the span of three plays. The Titans were sluggish offensively in the second half, punting to end five of their seven possessions.

But an unflappable team just stuck with it and found a way, despite Donald Driver's 139-yard receiving day, despite yielding a season-high 390 net yards. The Titans had no giveaways and two takeaways, just like in the win over the Colts.

You can argue for other opponents, but I believe the Week 9 Packers were the most complete and best team the Titans have faced yet this season.

It's getting easier and easier to envision this team winning the AFC.