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Titans Game Notes

TITANS CONTINUE PRESEASON WINNING STREAK AT LP FIELD: With their 14-13 win over the Bears, the Titans have won nine consecutive preseason games at LP Field, dating back to a victory over the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 30, 2007. 

TITANS FIRST IN SCORING DEFENSE IN PRESEASON: Through the games of Saturday, Aug. 27, the Titans lead the NFL in scoring defense in the preseason with an average 11.0 points per game by opponents.  They allowed only three points against the Minnesota Vikings, 17 against the St. Louis Rams and 13 against the Bears. 

NATE WASHINGTON LEADS IN RECEIVING: Wide receiver Nate Washington led the Titans and set preseason highs with four receptions and 66 receiving yards against the Bears.  On the team's second-quarter touchdown drive, he totaled two catches for 40 yards.

GRIFFIN GETS EARLY INTERCEPTION: The Titans came up with their third interception of the preseason early in the game against the Bears.  On the second play from scrimmage, safety Michael Griffin intercepted a tipped pass from Jay Cutler that was intended for receiver Roy Williams.

MARIANI PROVIDES SPARK IN RETURN GAME: In the first quarter, Marc Mariani fielded a Robbie Gould kickoff two yards deep in the end zone. Rather than taking the touchback, he recorded a preseason-long 37-yard return. 

HARPER SCORES AGAIN: For the third consecutive week, rookie running back Jamie Harper scored a rushing touchdown. He got the Titans on the scoreboard in the second quarter with a nine-yard touchdown run.  The fourth-round pick from Clemson tallied a rushing touchdown two weeks prior against the Minnesota Vikings and in the previous game at the St. Louis Rams.

HASSELBECK PLAYS INTO THE THIRD QUARTER: Starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck played into the third quarter for the first time during the preseason.  His final statistics included 22 pass attempts, 12 completions and 135 yards with no interceptions and a passer rating of 73.1.

OFFENSE REBOUNDS IN SECOND QUARTER: After getting off to a slow start against Chicago, the Titans offense came back in the second quarter to out-gain the Bears offense.  The Titans totaled 141 yards in the second period to Chicago's 102, and the Titans controlled the ball for 10 minutes in the quarter.

OFFENSIVE LINE HOLDS UP: While starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was in the game, which lasted through one series in the third quarter, the starting offensive line did not allow a sack against defensive end Julius Peppers and the Chicago pass rush.

ROOKIE CORNER GETS A PICK-SIX: Late in the third quarter, the Titans took a 14-10 lead on a big play from rookie cornerback Tommie Campbell.  The seventh-round draft choice from California (Pa.) caught an errant pass from Caleb Hanie at his own 10-yard line.  Campbell then turned up the sideline and raced 90 yards for a touchdown.

TITANS GET A FIRST DOWN AFTER A BLOCKED PUNT: In the fourth quarter, the Titans faced a fourth-and-three at their own 32, when Chad Cunningham's punt was blocked by Patrick Trahan.  However, Trahan deflected the ball to the left of Cunningham behind the line of scrimmage.  Cunningham then picked up the ball and raced 19 yards for a first down.

SHEPPARD HELPS SEAL GAME WITH SACK: With the Titans ahead late 14-13, the Bears were in possession of the ball with a minute remaining.  On first-and-10 from the Chicago 30, defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard took down Caleb Hanie for a nine-yard sack.  The Bears were unable to record another first down.  

TITANS SCRATCHES: Titans out of action against the Bears due to injury included wide receiver Kenny Britt, running back Javon Ringer, center Kevin Matthews, tackle Troy Kropog, defensive end Derrick Morgan and defensive end Jason Jones.  Veteran wide receiver Kevin Curtis, who the Titans signed as a free agent the day before the game, was in uniform but did not play.    

PENALTIES DOWN THIS PRESEASON: Through three preseason games, the Titans' penalty numbers are down since last preseason.  They have been penalized 16 total times in 2011, compared to 20 penalties through three preseason contests in 2010. 

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