The Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans each got their first crack at preseason action on Saturday, with the Titans topping the Packers by a final score of 20-16 at LP Field.
The Packers were without Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy and Jordy Nelson (all healthy scratches), but that didn’t stop them from getting off to a hot start. With Matt Flynn in at quarterback and James Starks the running back, Green Bay opened the game up with a 65-yard touchdown drive. Starks had six carries for 49 yards and a touchdown on his only drive of the night.
Flynn played the majority of the first half and finished with 49 yards on 5-10 attempts with zero interceptions and zero touchdowns. Scott Tolzien threw for 124 yards on 8-12 attempts as Flynn’s backup.
The Titans responded to Starks’ score with a touchdown run of their own from Shonn Greene with 4:22 left in the first quarter. However, Maikon Bonani missed the extra point and the Titans entered halftime trailing 7-6. Green had four carries for 20 yards.
Titans fans didn’t get to see much of their starting quarterback in the game, as Jake Locker threw just two passes (one completion) for five yards in the contest. Charlie Whitehurst did a solid job in relief, throwing for 94 yards on 10-15 attempts with a touchdown and zero interceptions. Whitehurst’s touchdown pass to running back Bishop Sankey (13 carries for 37 yards and three receptions for 38 yards) came in third quarter and tied the game up at 13, following a Packers touchdown (Raijon Neal 12-yard rush, failed two-point conversion) on the previous drive.
In the fourth, Packers linebacker Korey Jones intercepted a Zach Mettenberger pass and returned it to the Titans’ 13 yard line. With Chase Rettig at quarterback, the Packers offense stalled and settled for a 32-yard Mason Crosby field goal.
However, Mettenberger and the Titans would respond once again on their very next drive with the game-winning touchdown, courtesy of a seven-yard rush from Jackie Battle. Mettenberger finished the game with 87 yards on 4-7 attempts, while Battle rushed for nine yards on two rushes.
The Titans will take on the New Orleans Saints next Friday on the road. The Packers are also on the road next week, facing off against the St.Louis Rams on Saturday.