Titans Beat Packers 20-16 In Preseason Opener
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Titans opened the NFL preseason with a win over Green Bay Saturday night, beating the Packers 20-16 at LP Field.
A new era in the Titans franchise officially began as the team took the field in the preseason opener.
Rookie Zach Mettenberger made up for two turnovers in the fourth quarter by completing all three passes for 71 yards to set up Battle's go-ahead touchdown for Tennessee's first lead in the pouring rain. Jackie Battle scored on a 7-yard touchdown run with 5:02 left to win the game.
Titans’ backup center Chris Spencer injured his left ankle early in the second quarter and was taken to the locker room on a cart. Titans’ linebacker Colin McCarthy hurt a shoulder in the third quarter and didn't return.
Saturday night signaled the team's first preseason game under the direction of new head coach, Ken Whisenhunt and his coaching staff.
“I know it’s just a preseason game and it will probably be a little bit different four weeks from now when we play the regular season but it’s fun. We have so many questions we have to get through the process of trying to answer before we pick our 53 [players] and this is the first step, so naturally you’re going to be excited," Whisenhunt said before the game.
The game came on the heels of another hard week of training camp over the past two weeks. The team held a scrimmage with the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome Monday night.
Many players said the scrimmage boosted the team’s confidence heading into the preseason.
After going a disappointing 3-5 at home last season, the Titans have sets their sights on better protecting their home turf.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)