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Titans win Hall of Fame game

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Associated Press
August 10, 2009
— Kerry Collins was sharp and Vince Young tentative for the Tennessee Titans in overshadowing Terrell Owens’ debut for the Buffalo Bills.

With a little trickery and a solid performance by the Collins-led starting offense, Tennessee opened the preseason with a 21-18 win in the Hall of Fame game on Sunday night.


If this was the NFL’s throwback weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the American Football League, then this also resembled the Titans’ quarterback situation at the beginning of last year. That’s when Young got off to a terrible start and lost his starting job to Collins by Week 2.


Collins, already selected the starter, quickly began delivering on the faith the Titans put in him after being signed to a two-year $15 million contract this offseason.


He went 7-of-10 for 82 yards in producing two touchdown drives, one capped by reserve punter A.J. Trapasso’s 40-yard run on a perfectly executed fake punt on the opening possession. Collins was especially efficient in going 3 for 4 for 49 yards on third down.


“I thought we got off to a good start,” Collins said. “We executed our offense and played fast out there.”


The same couldn’t be said for Young, who took over at the start of the second quarter. In his first three series, Young was 1-of-5 for 13 yards and an interception, nearly dropped a shotgun snap and looked hesitant running the ball when he was easily caught from behind by rookie linebacker Nic Harris.



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