NASHVILLE — If you're looking for positives from Thursday night's game for the Tennessee Titans against the Minnesota Vikings, it's that some of the players who struggled on the field won't be here come Saturday.
The game, a 19-3 played with few, if any, starters on the field for either team, started off badly again for the Titans defense, giving up a touchdown on the opening drive for the fourth straight preseason game. This time, though, it wasn't the first team defense, but the second-string unit, as Coach Ken Whisenhunt rested all of his starters on both sides of the ball.
Zach Mettenberger got the start at quarterback in place of a resting Jake Locker and his stats were decent enough, going 12 of 17 for 154 yards. He lost a fumble for the third time in four games, and in Tennessee's only scoring chance of the first half, Maikon Bonani missed a 33-yard field goal try, possibly sealing his fate in trying to become the Titans kicker. He later hit a 29-yarder in the fourth quarter to allow the Titans to avoid the shutout, but it could have been too little too late.
“It was disappointing from the standpoint of missed tackles and missed opportunities,” Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “We had three missed sacks and penalties on third down defensively. Offensively, obviously, we had the turnover and we let them get tot he quarterback, but the conditions weren't great. There are some little things that we've got to clean up, which we expected somewhat with some of these guys that are playing.”
Rookie running back Antonio Andrews, an undrafted free agent from Western Kentucky, was one of the bright spots for the Titans, rushing for 73 yards on 12 carries.