Final

Redskins 22

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Titans 21

(0-1, 0-1 home)

8:00 PM ET, August 8, 2013

LP Field, Nashville, TN 

1 2 3 4 T
WSH 7 7 0 822
TEN 14 0 0 721

Redskins 22, Titans 21

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Robert Griffin III sure looks good warming up and handling the coin toss. Kirk Cousins keeps showing he's more than ready to fill in whenever needed at quarterback for Washington.

Cousins threw for a touchdown and missed only one pass as the Redskins edged the Tennessee Titans 22-21 Thursday night in their preseason opener.

The Redskins sat eight starters, including Griffin. Cousins looked sharp in Griffin's place, completing six of seven passes for 52 yards and a TD for a 137.2 passer rating in two series for the defending NFC East champs.

"For him to win the second position last year he really had to do it quickly," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. "He's been impressive from the moment that he got here. He's a student of the game. He's got God-given talent and he's bright guy who works extremely hard."

Shanahan said he told Griffin he was welcome to go through pre-game warmups as the Redskins ease last year's Offensive Rookie of the Year back onto the field. Griffin also was in uniform for the coin toss.

"Robert wanted to get some more work done, and it was good to see him out there," Shanahan said.

The Titans showed off their revamped run game as Chris Johnson scored on a 58-yard burst. Tennessee had 92 yards rushing and a 14-7 lead after the first quarter; Shonn Greene added a 19-yard TD run.

Pat White scored on a 9-yard TD run with 2:23 left and found Emmanuel Ogbuehi for the 2-point conversion to avoid overtime.

Redskins sitting out included tackle Barry Cofield, cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson, and safety Brandon Meriwether, who's recovering from knee surgery. Washington started three rookies in the secondary: safety Bacarri Rambo, safety Phillip Thomas and cornerback David Amerson.

The Redskins' caution proved smart when Thomas hurt his foot on a run by Greene and didn't return. Receiver Donte' Stallworth also hurt his left hamstring and did not finish, while linebacker Jeremy Kimbrough hurt his right shoulder with 2 minutes left.

Linebacker Brian Orakpo, who missed most of last season with a torn pectoral muscle, looked very healthy when he beat left tackle Michael Roos and sacked Jake Locker.

Cousins may wind up starting all four preseason games as the Redskins work to make sure Griffin is ready for the opener Sept. 9 against Philadelphia.

The quarterback, who played in four games himself as a rookie last year, including the playoff loss to Seattle, was efficient and at his best in his second and final drive. He drove the Redskins 64 yards in seven plays and capped his night with a 3-yard toss to tight end Fred Davis all alone at the back of the end zone to put Washington up 7-0.

Rex Grossman followed Cousins, and added an 8-yard TD to Leonard Hankerson just before halftime.

Locker looked better for Tennessee in his preseason debut than a year ago. He was 7 of 11 for 58 yards and a 77.1 passer rating. But he was sacked twice, and the Titans went three-and-out on the opening drive.

Then they started running.

Revamping the offensive line was the top priority for Tennessee this offseason. The Titans signed left guard Andy Levitre and drafted right guard Chance Warmack at No. 10 overall. With coach Mike Munchak wanting a run-first offense out of new coordinator Dowell Loggains, they also signed Greene to a three-year deal.

"It was a good, solid start," Munchak said.

Johnson, who has 14 plays of 50 yards or longer in his career, took a handoff and went left. With only Rambo between him and the end zone, Johnson gave a little wiggle and surged right for the TD.

"I just gave him a move," Johnson said. "My offensive line, they got a great push on it, and they pushed those guys to the right side and gave me a cutback lane."

Call it a learning experience for Rambo.

"The first time I go to make a tackle in the NFL, I came up against one of the greatest backs in the league and I should have tried to put a better shot on him instead of just throwing my body into him," Rambo said. "He cut back, and it was a good move. He made a good play."

The Titans led 21-14 on a 9-yard pass from Rusty Smith to Quinn Johnson midway through the fourth period. White drove the Redskins 80 yards, and he took advantage of a roughing-the-passer play that wiped out a possible turnover to give Washington the win.

Game notes


The Titans' loss snapped an 11-game winning streak in the preseason on their home field. ... Greene ran well, too, including a fourth-and-1 conversion; the Titans' offense ranked last in time of possession last season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WSH
TEN
1st Downs2517
Passing 1st downs
159
Rushing 1st downs
86
1st downs from Penalties
22
3rd down efficiency
8-154-12
4th down efficiency
0-01-1
Total Plays7154
Total Yards359269
Yards per play5.15.0
Total Drives1111
Passing196143
Comp - Att
21-3617-26
Yards per pass
5.45.5
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks - Yards Lost
1-63-13
Rushing163126
Rushing Attempts
3425
Yards per rush
4.85.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-42-2
Penalties11-896-60
Turnovers00
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession31:5828:02

Passing Leaders

WSHC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Grossman10/211195.7101-6
Cousins6/7527.4100-0
TENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Smith7/10757.5101-3
Locker7/11585.3002-10

Rushing Leaders

WSHCARYDSAVGTDLG
Royster14624.4015
Helu13574.4013
TENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson26030.0158
Greene5326.4119

Receiving Leaders

WSHRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Morgan33913.00203
Hankerson4389.51125
TENRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Williams23517.50212
Battle22311.50192

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWSHTEN
wshTD06:58Fred Davis 3 Yd Pass From Kirk Cousins (Kai Forbath Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 64 yds, 3:13
70
tenTD06:42Chris Johnson 58 Yd Run (Maikon Bonani Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 58 yds, :16
77
tenTD00:35Shonn Greene 19 Yd Run (Maikon Bonani Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 61 yds, 5:12
714
SECOND QUARTERWSHTEN
wshTD00:26Leonard Hankerson 8 Yd Pass From Rex Grossman (Kai Forbath Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 84 yds, 6:15
1414
FOURTH QUARTERWSHTEN
tenTD07:48Quinn Johnson 9 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Maikon Bonani Kick)
Drive: 14 plays, 94 yds, 7:18
1421
wshTD02:23Pat White 9 Yd Run (Pat White Pass To Emmanuel Ogbuehi For Two-Point Conversion)
Drive: 12 plays, 80 yds, 5:25
2221