Titans Game Notes




RARE PRESEASON OPENER FOR TITANS:** The Titans played in the Hall of Fame Game for the third time in team history. They previously lost to the L.A. Rams in 1971 and were defeated by the New York Giants in 1985. The Titans also played their first neutral-site preseason games since Aug. 24, 1996, when they were defeated by the Dallas Cowboys at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Opening the preseason away from LP Field is also a rarity for the Titans. They had played their first preseason game at home every year since opening at Kansas City in 1999.

ROOKIE PUNTER RETURNS TO HOME STATE: Rookie punter A.J. Trapasso returned to his home state and made a big impact early. Trapasso grew up and attended high school in Pickerington, Ohio, and then enjoyed a productive career at Ohio State. On a fourth-and-10 from the Buffalo 40-yard line, he lined up to punt, faked a handoff to Michael Griffin and then raced 40 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

GRIFFIN COMES UP WITH EARLY INTERCEPTION: With the Bills moving downfield on their first drive, safety Michael Griffin intercepted a Trent Edwards pass at the Tennessee seven-yard line. He handed the ball back to linebacker Keith Bulluck, who then raced to the 27. In 2008, Griffin tied for second in the NFL with seven interceptions.

MOST TITANS STARTERS, INCLUDING COLLINS, PLAY TWO SERIES: The majority of Titans starters played two series in the game, lasting through most of the first quarter. That included starting quarterback Kerry Collins. Collins attempted 10 passes and completed seven for 82 yards, amounting to a rating of 94.6.

ROOKIE McRATH MAKES PLAY ON SPECIAL TEAMS: Gerald McRath, a fourth-round draft choice from Southern Miss, made an impact in his first half of play. He recovered a muffed punt return by Bruce Hall in the final minutes of the first half, which led to a late Titans touchdown.

BIG SERIES FOR 2007 DRAFT CLASS: Late in the first half, a pair of 2007 draft picks came up big. Former second-round pick Chris Henry converted a fourth-and-two with a 16-yard run. Three plays later, quarterback Vince Young found 2007 third-round pick Paul Williams for a five-yard touchdown pass.

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