NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- At least the Green Bay Packers know what
needs to be fixed before their season opener.
Tennessee's Samari Rolle tipped a pass to linebacker Keith
Bulluck, who returned the interception 70 yards for a touchdown,
and then Rolle picked off a Brett Favre pass to help lead the
Titans to a 27-7 win over the Packers on Friday night.
The Packers (1-3) finished with four turnovers despite holding
the ball for nearly 34 minutes.
"I don't put a whole lot of stock in the outcome of the game,"
Packers coach Mike Sherman said. "I do in four turnovers in this
game, and the fact that there are some plays to be made we didn't
Tennessee (3-1) had given up 240 yards passing to Vinny
Testaverde in losing at Dallas five days ago. But with starting
cornerbacks Rolle and Andre Dyson together for the first time this
preseason, the Titans held Favre to 110 yards.
"There is a big difference having him in the game," Titans
coach Jeff Fisher said of Rolle.
When these teams wrapped up the preseason in 2003, Favre didn't
dress and Steve McNair took only three snaps.
Each played the first half Friday night, but the extra work
didn't help. Favre was without running back Ahman Green, who sat
out with a bruised left kneecap. McNair didn't have two of his top
three receivers because of injuries.
Favre had his offensive line together for the first time this
preseason with center Mike Flanagan back. Favre completed his first
three passes, but Rolle nearly intercepted a pass intended for
Javon Walker before tipping it to Bulluck, who scored. The final
block was provided by Rolle.
The cornerback ended Green Bay's third possession on the first
play, grabbing a Favre pass and returning it 30 yards to the
Rolle said facing Favre was a good test for a defense that gave
up 240 yards to Vinny Testaverde five days ago.
"Next to our guy, he's the best quarterback out there," Rolle
Titans defensive tackle Kevin Carter was happy having the
cornerbacks on the field.
"We wanted to come into this game as close to full strength as
we could and have a solid performance from our defense, and I think
we accomplished that," he said.
With Green Bay blitzing, McNair had trouble getting together
with his replacement receivers. He completed 8 of 17 passes for 84
Favre overthrew a couple receivers, but did get Green Bay on the
board with a 53-yard TD pass to Robert Ferguson in the second
quarter. Favre was 10-of-20 for 113 yards.
"I felt like we were in rhythm the whole day, but turning over
the ball and penalties will kill you," Favre said.
Both teams played their starters at least through the first half
-- and they needed the practice.
Tennessee center Justin Hartwig snapped the ball way over
McNair's head in the shotgun on third-and-7. Favre was flagged for
false start after setting up in the shotgun on third-and-5.
Green Bay punter B.J. Hunter may have had the worst moment when
his punt traveled only 5 yards and was caught by Titans right
tackle Fred Miller a few yards deep on the sideline.
Chris Brown had only eight carries, and the running back taking
Eddie George's place in the Titans' backfield had his own
struggles, being stopped for no gain on four attempts. His only
carry in the third quarter was a 73-yarder in which he showed the
moves and speed the Titans have lacked in recent years. Brown
finished with 98 yards and a 12.3-yard average.
Tim Couch, trying to earn the job as the Packers' No. 3
quarterback, was only 3-of-6 for 14 yards on one series. Sherman
said Couch's arm lacked a little juice.
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