--QB Steve McNair had an excellent game with two TD passes despite a sore ring finger on his throwing hand and a left knee that still appears to bother him. His 252 yards put him over 20,000 in his career. So he became the youngest QB ever to surpass 20,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards, joining a club with only four other members - Fran Tarkenton, Randall Cunningham, John Elway and Steve Young.
--RB Eddie George carried 29 yards for 100
yards, averaging 3.4 yards a carry and bulling his way into the end zone for a
score. Still, a good share of the yards came late against a battered and thinned
out Saints defense and people are anxious to see Chris Brown, who dressed but
did not play.
--WR Drew Bennett had been virtually invisible
through two games, but showed up big against the Saints with a career-best eight
catches for 105 yards and a touchdown.
--WR Justin McCareins
continues to earn chances. His 2-yard catch was the first TD of the Titans' win
over the Saints.
--TE Shad Meier continues to play well in
increased chances that are a result of Frank Wycheck being out with
post-concussion symptoms. Meier averaged 13.3 yards on five catches and has
clearly gained Steve McNair's confidence.
--RG Benji Olson
surprised just about everybody by playing against the Saints. He didn't practice
all week but wore a knee brace in a pregame workout and looked solid. He missed
only one series just before the half.
--DE Kevin Carter
celebrated his 30th birthday with a sack of Aaron Brooks.
Lance Schulters left the game briefly with a shoulder problem. But he returned
quickly and it's something he deals with often.
--LB Rocky Boiman who plays only in some four LB packages and on special teams left the
game for a time with a shoulder problem but returned.
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