Last time wasn't a charm for Titans

Thursday night marks the second consecutive year that the Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers have finished the preseason at Lambeau Field. While wins and losses have little importance at this point, performances can carry over to the all-important opener, as the Titans found out last year.<p>

Titans' coach Jeff Fisher decided to keep his starters in through almost three quarters to tune up for the regular-season opener. Instead of a well-oiled machine, however, he found himself with a rusty bunch before the season even began.

"We had drops, we had mishandled balls," Fisher said in a media conference this week. "WE were not focused for whatever reason."

Miscues indluded three fumbles by Steve McNair, and three more by the rest of the Titans. One of their fumbles actually resulted in a Tennessee touchdown, however, when running back Robert Holcombe fumbled into the end zone and receiver Justin McCareins pounced on the ball.

Green Bay won the game, 21-20, and went on to win their opener vs. the Falcons in overtime the next weekend.

Tennessee also eked out a win in its opener, 27-24 over Philadelphia, but then went into a four-game losing skid.

This year, Tennessee is in pursuit of an insignificant goal: an undefeated pre-season.

"Definitely, that's the goal: go out and win all the game," tight end Erron Kinney said in a media conference. "It's a good challenge for us."


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