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Archive for Saturday, August 18, 2001

Titans take 23-10 win over Rams

August 18, 2001

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— Kurt Warner received his first extensive playing time of the preseason Friday night, and results were spotty in the Tennessee Titans' 23-10 victory over the St. Louis Rams.

The game matched the teams that met in the 2000 Super Bowl, a 23-16 Rams victory. The Titans (1-1) also beat the Rams 30-3 last year in the preseason in Nashville, when the wounds were much fresher from the big game.

This one was a lot sloppier than the Super Bowl, with the Rams committing four turnovers and the Titans two. St. Louis also had a kickoff return for touchdown by Aveion Cason at the end of the half called back because of holding.

Warner, who played only one series in the second preseason game, ran the NFL's No. 1 offense for a quarter-and-a-half this time. He was 7-for-11 for 108 yards, but also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble while being sacked by Blaine Bishop to short circuit the Rams' first possession.

He also was picked off twice by Dainon Sidney, although Sidney fumbled it right back on his first interception to give the ball back to St. Louis at the Titans' 10 late in the first quarter. Wide receiver Isaac Bruce was at fault on that play, letting the ball squirt through his hands.

The Rams capitalized eventually, scoring their only touchdown on a 2-yard run by Robert Holcombe that tied it 7-7.

Titans quarterback Steve McNair played one quarter, going 6-for-10 for 55 yards and a 6-yard touchdown pass to Frank Wycheck for the game's first score.

The game marked the return to St. Louis of Titans defensive end Kevin Carter. Traded after an acrimonious season for a first-round draft pick, Carter was the first of the Titans' defensive players introduced and he was booed.

Falcons 27, Redskins 6

Landover, Md. It was a great night to pick on and pick off young quarterbacks.

Ray Buchanan had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and Michael Vick threw his own ill-advised pass in Atlanta's victory over Washington.

Jamal Anderson scored twice, on a 1-yard run and a 5-yard reception. But it was the defense that ruled the night for the Falcons (2-1), almost by default, because of the Redskins' messy quarterback situation.

With Jeff George still nursing tendinitis in his shoulder, the Redskins (0-2) started second-year player Todd Husak, who has a strained rib muscle.

Husak had his second straight poor outing a tentative 4-for-6 with an interception and is in danger of losing his roster spot to Tony Banks, who was signed Thursday and will make his debut next week.

Husak lasted about a quarter and was replaced by fourth-round draft pick Sage Rosenfels, whose first play was a touchdown for the Falcons.

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