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Young, Titans stomp Cards

By Teresa M. Walker / Associated Press

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. » National championship, regular season or simply an exhibition. The setting doesn't seem to matter, not when Vince Young is playing Matt Leinart.

Young outdueled Leinart yet again, Chris Johnson ran for a touchdown and Tennessee beat the Arizona Cardinals 24-10 last night in the Titans' preseason home opener.

The Titans (1-1) never trailed, as Johnson scored on his sixth carry, an 8-yard TD that capped an 85-yard drive. The All-Pro watched from the bench the rest of the night.

The top two quarterbacks taken in the 2006 draft didn't play very much in the preseason matchup. At least Leinart didn't have to watch Young drive his team down the field late for the win like he did in the 2006 BCS national championship or on this very field last Nov. 29 with a 99-yard drive for a 20-17 win.

"He felt excited about playing," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said of Young. "He was prepared, focused and made plays with his legs, made plays with his arm and was really good on the line of scrimmage as well."

Young has no competition for his starting job these days, and he was 9-for-13 for 128 yards. The former Texas star left after four series with a 10-0 lead, and he said the offense feels like it's coming together.

"We've got to ... keep working," Young said. "Don't get happy with ourselves right now because we still have a long ways to go. But I feel the confidence in myself as well as the receivers is very good right now."

Leinart is trying to hold off Derek Anderson for the starting job in Arizona. Leinart, who starred for Southern California in college, was 4-for-6 for 28 yards but produced no points for a second straight preseason game. The Cardinals (1-1) went three and out on each of his three series, with the Titans blitzing and showing different looks on defense.

"I'm trying to work to get better," Leinart said. "Guys are counting on me, and I'm confident that we're going to get the job done and I'm going to get the job done. And that's the bottom line."

Young struggled a bit early, but completed three of four passes for 67 yards to set up Johnson's TD run.

 

Titans 24, Cardinals 10

Arizona 0 3 0 7 - 10
Tennessee 7 3 14 0 - 24
First Quarter
Ten-C.Johnson 8 run (Bironas kick), 5:40.
Second Quarter
Ten-FG Bironas 29, 11:16.
Ari-FG Feely 19, 7:32.
Third Quarter
Ten-Gado 4 run (Bironas kick), 5:00.
Ten-Gado 4 run (Bironas kick), 2:03.
Fourth Quarter
Ari-Komar 22 pass from Hall (Feely kick), 7:43.
A-69,143.

RUSHING-Arizona, Stephens-Howling 5-30, B.Wells 6-19, Wright 1-13, Hightower 5-3, Anderson 1-0, Graham 1-0. Tennessee, Blount 9-42, Ringer 7-27, C.Johnson 6-22, Hawkins 1-22, Gado 7-21, Young 1-10, Hall 1-0, Smith 2-(minus 2).
PASSING-Arizona, Anderson 11-19-0-105, Hall 7-15-1-101, Leinart 4-6-0-28. Tennessee, Young 9-13-0-128, K.Collins 6-12-0-66, Simms 2-5-0-17, Smith 3-5-0-16.
RECEIVING-Arizona, S.Williams 3-59, Komar 3-48, Breaston 3-23, B.Wells 3-13, Gant 2-28, Wright 2-6, M.Jones 1-12, Dray 1-11, Roberts 1-11, O.Jones 1-8, Mougey 1-8, Spach 1-7. Tennessee, D.Williams 4-40, Washington 3-44, Cook 2-34, Scaife 2-30, Ringer 2-7, Pfahler 2-6, Stevens 1-30, Mariani 1-10, Hall 1-9, P.Williams 1-9, Britt 1-8.

NFL Preseason Standings

AMERICAN CONFERENCE
East
  W L T Pct PF PA
Miami 2 0 0 1.000 37 33
New England 2 0 0 1.000 55 34
Buffalo 1 1 0 .500 51 63
N.Y. Jets 1 1 0 .500 25 34
South
  W L T Pct PF PA
Tennessee 1 1 0 .500 42 30
Houston 0 2 0 .000 36 57
Indianapolis 0 2 0 .000 38 71
Jacksonville 0 2 0 .000 53 55
North
  W L T Pct PF PA
Baltimore 2 0 0 1.000 40 15
Pittsburgh 2 0 0 1.000 47 24
Cincinnati 2 1 0 .667 62 49
Cleveland 1 1 0 .500 44 43
 
West
  W L T Pct PF PA
Oakland 2 0 0 1.000 49 26
San Diego 1 1 0 .500 39 26
Denver 0 2 0 .000 44 58
Kansas City 0 2 0 .000 25 40
NATIONAL CONFERENCE
East
  W L T Pct PF PA
Dallas 2 1 0 .667 41 38
N.Y. Giants 1 1 0 .500 48 40
Philadelphia 1 1 0 .500 37 49
Washington 1 1 0 .500 45 40
 
South
  W L T Pct PF PA
Atlanta 1 1 0 .500 30 38
New Orleans 1 1 0 .500 62 47
Tampa Bay 1 1 0 .500 27 25
Carolina 0 2 0 .000 15 26
 
North
  W L T Pct PF PA
Green Bay 1 1 0 .500 51 51
Minnesota 1 1 0 .500 38 22
Detroit 1 1 0 .500 32 43
Chicago 0 2 0 .000 27 57
 
West
  W L T Pct PF PA
San Francisco 2 0 0 1.000 52 27
Arizona 1 1 0 .500 29 40
Seattle 1 1 0 .500 44 45
St. Louis 1 1 0 .500 26 45
Yesterday
Tennessee 24, Arizona 10

Thursday
St. Louis at New England, 1:30 p.m.
Indianapolis at Green Bay, 2 p.m.

Friday
Atlanta at Miami, 1 p.m.
Washington at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m.
San Diego at New Orleans, 2 p.m.
Philadelphia at Kansas City, 2 p.m.

Saturday
Cleveland at Detroit, 11 a.m.
Cincinnati at Buffalo, 12:30 p.m.
N.Y. Giants at Baltimore, 1:30 p.m.
Jacksonville at Tampa Bay, 1:30 p.m.
Dallas at Houston, 2 p.m.
Tennessee at Carolina, 2 p.m.
Seattle at Minnesota, 2 p.m.
Arizona at Chicago, 2:30 p.m.
San Francisco at Oakland, 3 p.m.

Sunday
Pittsburgh at Denver, 2 p.m.

 






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