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Titans...17 Jaguars...10

September 08, 2008|From the Associated Press

NASHVILLE -- The Tennessee Titans are just as stingy on defense as they were a year ago. Just ask Jacksonville and David Garrard.

The Titans sacked Garrard seven times and Cortland Finnegan intercepted him twice in beating the Jaguars, 17-10, in the season opener between the AFC's two wild cards in 2007.

Jacksonville came in without top backup Richard Collier on the offensive line after he was shot last week. The Jaguars had three more linemen get hurt, and Maurice Williams and left guard Vince Manuwai did not return.

The Jaguars, who had been an NFL-best 9-4 in season openers, now have lost two straight to Tennessee.

The Titans showed off the best addition to their offense in Chris Johnson, their first-round pick out of East Carolina. He ran 15 times for 93 yards and had three catches for 34, including a seven-yard touchdown pass from Vince Young. LenDale White added a one-yard touchdown rush in the fourth quarter.

Quoteworthy: "This is the sorest I've been in a long time." -- David Garrard, Jaguars quarterback

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