Solid Defense and Efficent Offense Equals 24-7 Win in Cincy

Titans recover a fumble

Putting a week of distractions behind them, the Titans moved to 2-0 Sunday with a complete 24-7 thumping of the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. The Titans defense stuffed the opponent for the second straight week, this time holdig the Bengals to just 215 yards and 27:26 in the time of possession.

Tennessee was led by an efficent game for backup QB Kerry Collins, playing for an injured Vince Young. Collins went 14-for-21 for 128 yards and one TD. Rookie RB Chris Johnson again had a good day for the Titans, as he ran for 109 yards on 19 carried. LenDale White rushed for 59 yards and a score.

The Bengals again were not very good, as Carson Palmer was rushed quite a bit, and he ended the day going just 16-for-27 for 134 yards and two interceptions. Palmer has in two games thrown for less than 250 yards. Chris Perry had a better day than last week again the Ravens, but again was not all that effective, going for 64 yards on 21 carries with a TD.


After a scoreless first quarter, the Titans struck first as White went on from a yard out to make it 7-0 with 11:06 to play in the half. The drive took 11 plays and 61 yards. The Bengals tied it on a Perry TD from 13 yards out with 3:16 left in the half. The 11-play, 63-yard drive took 4:39.

The Titans answered right away on a drive that really put the game away. Johnson put on the speed for 51 yards, and then the drive ended with a niffty 11-yard TD pass from Collins to Justin Gage that gave Tennessee a 14-7 lead. The Bengals took their first possession of the second half and went to the Titans 19, but Shayne Graham hit the upright with a field goal, which ended the threat.

From there the Titans drove from their 28 to the Cincy 16 with some good plays by Collins and Johnson rushing for 8 yards which set up Rob Bironas for a 34-yard field goal that made it 17-7. The game was put out of reach early in the 4th when the Titans blocked a Kyle Larson punt from the Cincy 1 that was recovered by Keith Bulluck of the Titans to make it 24-7.

While the Cincy offense was still in stall mode, the Titans were again very good on both sides of the ball, good enough to earn a tough road win at a place where they were blown out last season. The Bengals are headed for 0-3, as they travel to New York for the Giants next week, while the Titans take on the 0-1 Texans at home.


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