Thu. Final: Titans 27, Packers 13
By Jay Sorgi
Season Opener: Sunday, Sept. 13th vs. Chicago
9:38 p.m. Titans' 3rd Drive 6:23
While Aaron Rodgers chats with Jessie Garcia with just the stash and not the beard, the Titans get a 1st down on a third and one.
While he perfects the "take it one game at a time," Desmond Bishop blasts a runner for a three-yard loss.
Great blasting through the line by Malone to force a 4th down.
RUVELL MARTIN MUFFS! Titans get it back at the GB 34 and he just may have lost a job on special teams.
Best news I've heard all preseason - the two minute warning. Trevor Ford hurt after the warning.
Victory formation. Thank goodness. See you in 10 days!
Mr. Tyrell Sutton, "if there's a sliver of an opening, he is going to get through it" (as described by Wayne) gives it. Cool.
3rd and 5 at the TEN 41: Ruvell Martin makes a great sideline catch. More Brohm goodness.
Brohm got immediately pressured on another play, but a solid job of getting the ball out and creating something of nothing. Those are as important as the big plays.
Brohm makes another smart move - throwing the ball away while getting destroyed by William Hayes.
3rd and 10 at TEN 21: Brohm gets Swain on a five-yard play. Regular season, that would drive me nuts. In this situation, not so bad.
9:23 p.m. Titans' 2nd Drive 12:39
The Titans are penalizing themselves like crazy this time....their third stringers are getting tossed off the team at this pace.
9:19 p.m. Packers' 1st Drive 14:52
3rd and 13 on this scrub-fest. They run a draw with Lumpkin. That will show you nothing about these players.
9:16 p.m. Titans' 1st Drive (continued from 3rd quarter) 15:00
9:11 p.m. Titans' 4th Drive
Three and out.
9:08 p.m. Packers' 3rd Drive 3:05
3rd down: Brohm again with a smart dump-off to Sutton (he would have had his head taken off if not on that screen pass) - short of the first down marker....wait...incomplete.
Kapinos has been steady - fair catch inside the 10 yard line.
9:05 p.m. Titans' 3rd Drive 4:35
Ramsey with an incompletion. Jeremy Thompson playing pretty active on the D-line/linebacker spot.
8:57 p.m. Packers' 2nd Drive 9:29
Lumpkin lumbers back into the game and gets a couple good runs, one for a first down. And another nine-yarder, tackled by Tough Harris. Great name. Like my old H.S. football coach was - Dick Basham. Just sounds like a perfect football name.
Brohm is on to Brett Swain inside the red zone....throwing it where he couldn't get it intercepted.
First and goal at the five - Lumpkin to the end zone! At last!
8:49 p.m. Titans' 2nd Drive 12:02
Ramsey to Paul Williams and Pat Lee gets destroyed on the play again.
Edison is burning Trevor Ford again - 31 yards on a heck of a catch.
8:45 p.m. Packers' 1st Drive 13:33
Still, 3rd and 8, and Brohm advances on a run, just short of the first down. Good job to get what he could.
8:39 p.m. Titans' 1st Drive 15:00
Patrick Ramsey now in at QB...and it's really mop-up time. Three and out? 3rd and 4: incompletion. At last, a stop.
Brett Swain fighting for a spot - he makes a play on a bouncing ball - which is dangerous.
8:22 p.m. Titans' 4th Drive 0:42
Gotta love the LP Field crew. "Dude Looks Like a Lady" plays over the speakers.
8:20 p.m. Packers' 3rd Drive 0:49
8:09 p.m. Titans' 3rd Drive 2:00
Who the heck let Edison wide open at the GB 22? Jiminy Christmas....now Anthony Smith, the free agent pickup, is hurt. This ISN'T what you want in a preseason game.
Underwood taking more hits from Chris Henry on a first down run - we are getting manhandled.
(Anthony Smith gets the blow to the head - questionable for return today.)
What? A Packers backup DB covering a pass play well? At last...Trevor Ford stopping a sure TD pass.
Take two...fade pattern...TD...beating Trevor Ford.
8:02 p.m. Packers' 2nd Drive 5:48
Brohm back in the game - a 3rd and 2 at the 39...and he delivers a throw to Nelson that puts him in position for a 33-yard pass play. Does Brohm finally get it?
Nope, if the next pass says anything. The only guy near the pass was Tennessee's Vincent Fuller.
Brohm gets sacked..."had no chance," Wayne Larrivee explains. Moll "gave up the outside" as Larry says.
7:45 p.m. Titans' 2nd Drive 13:17
RAJI! What are you doing? Breaking the face mask rule on the sack. He pounded his fists into the ground after seeing the penalty flag come. All negating a great rush on starting OL Eugene Amato.
Underwood beaten on a boast route by Edison. Another time. Yeeesh.
Young sprints past the entire Packers linebacker contingent to enter the red zone. This backup unit of defenders is nowhere near as NFL-ready.
4th and inches at the GB 7: Young sneaks and gets the 1st down. 3-4 not usually conducive to stopping sneaks with less beef up front.
NO! Raji may have gotten rolled over on the play. He's limping.
Oooohh..coming back from break on the radio broadcast - Smoke on the Water. Nice.
Young running for the end zone, and Underwood makes a great run stop at the five yard line...but he paid for it. Shot to the head, inadvertent kick to the noggin by Young.
Second run, no Packers to inadvertently get kicked in the head while stopping him.
7:40 p.m. Packers' 1st Drive 14:52
On a 3rd-2, Lumpkin gets the first down? Bad spot of the ball. The refs discuss whether to go to the Opry or the Bluebird Cafe and force the Packers' punting unit on the field.
Kapinos: 61 yard punt - Patrick Lee failed to keep it in play, end zone, touchback.
7:37 p.m. Titans' 1st Drive (continued from 1st Quarter) 15:00
7:29 p.m. Titans' 2nd Drive 7:43
Vince Young now at QB, Raji now at NT for GB.
Young on a deep pass to Hawkins - the play was actually underthrown, and Hawkins was double covered but adjusted where the defenders didn't. Mainly Underwood's fault.
A holding call wipes it out, so that takes away the big play, but not the bad taste in the coaches' mouths.
Young goes about 20 yards up the gut on a scramble....and for him to get past the blitz and advance that much is a problem.
They get Ringer on a 3rd down run behind the line of scrimmage, but it's not a good sign to see this team move the football so quickly.
7:16 p.m. Packers' 2nd Drive 11:40
It IS Brohm coming in. Now we'll see what the guy can do. He's had three opportunities and blown them. Can he finally come through and show he's learned?
We'll discover on a 3rd and 6 - and he makes a smart dump-off of a pass to Two-Way Havner for a first down.
Another third down - another 1st down completion. This one to Martin.
A 3rd and 1 and the Packers run the ball instead - this time, it wasn't Brohm's fault as Wynn couldn't get the first down.
So they go on fourth at the TENN 33: Wynn makes up for it, losing the helmet, but gaining the first down yardage.
Whoa - Brohm has grown! Great job on first down with a 12 yard completion...staying within himself, seems to have a grasp of what's happening. No more deer in headlights.
3rd and 10 at the 18: the good - he completed the pass to Nelson. The bad - it was NOWHERE NEAR the marker. But better than it was, in field goal range.
7:10 p.m. Titans' 1st Drive 13:31
Three Tennessee drops stall this drive, so I'm not too thrilled. Then again, remember that the Packers are probably not running the full arsenal on defense - both in personnel and scheme.
7:06 p.m. Packers' 1st Drive 15:00
DeShawyn Wynn takes the kickoff...interesting. Seeing what they can do with him in specal teams - that's perhaps where he can make the roster.
Aaron Rodgers with his 151.1 QB rating won't drop it much in one possession. On a 3rd-3 at the GB 29, its an overthrow of Jordy Nelson. I think McCarthy will give the #1 offense one more shot.
Kapinos on the punt? 46 yard punt, but he outkicked his coverage. Good return/bad coverage.
The Packers sat both Charles Woodson and Al Harris along with receiver Greg Jennings who wasn't due to play after taking a blow to the head in last week's exhibition. The others scratched include safety Charlie Peprah, cornerback Will Blackmon, running back Brandon Jackson and defensive end Justin Harrell.
Cook is the Titans' leading receiver this preseason with 17 catches for 159 yards. But he rolled an ankle in last week's loss at Cleveland.
The other Titans scratched include receiver Nate Washington with rookie Kenny Britt starting in his place, rookie cornerback Ryan Mouton (ankle) and linebacker Josh Stamer.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
It's about as unreal a contest as you can possibly get compared to a regular season game, considering Aaron Rodgers and much of the first team won't see more than a series or two of action.
That means, especially for QB Brian Brohm and the second-team defense which gave up 27 points against Arizona last week, it's time to put up or shut up their chances, in some cases, for a roster spot.
So, 10 days away, what do you think are the Packers' chances for this year? Tweet your comments on the Packers to us @620wtmj before today's game and we'll post the best ones before kickoff tonight.