NFL Preseason Preview - Washington (0-0) at Tennessee (0-0) (ET)
(Sports Network) - A revamped Tennessee team will kick off its preseason by welcoming the Washington Redskins to the Volunteer State.
The Titans figure to have turned the interior of their offensive line, a real weakness last season, into a strength. The inside of Tennessee's O-Line was such a mess last season the team signed Andy Levitre away from Buffalo and then drafted Chance Warmack, perhaps the best pure football player in the 2013 draft.
"I think it's gone well and now it's just a matter of getting in game situations these next 3-4 weeks and seeing where we are at when it's a little more stressful and things are moving a little faster and everything's live," Titans coach Mike Munchak said when discussing his revamped line. "A lot of times out there you're not quite sure. Things look good, you just don't know how good until you get going. And sometimes things are actually better than you think. I'm excited about seeing them play."
The Titans also solved some other glaring holes in free agency by inking strong safety Bernard Pollard from the Super Bowl champion Ravens, and getting running back Chris Johnson and young quarterback Jake Locker backups by convincing Shonn Greene and Ryan Fitzpatrick to leave the AFC East behind.
Whether that's enough to push for a playoff spot will rest on the development of Locker, who has been a disappointment thus far.
"Just consistency for all of us," Munchak answered when asked what he excepts to see out of Locker in the preseason opener. "Again, you want everyone on offense, defense to just come out and be consistent with what we do. You know, do our jobs. We just want to be successful. You like to see the offense go score on a couple drives."
The health of Robert Griffin III is the main storyline inside the Beltway these days with the current scuttlebutt saying that the second-year star was at 70 or 80 percent at the start of training camp and should be 90 percent or so by the beginning of the regular season.
"We do have a plan for him," 'Skins coach Mike Shanahan said this week. "He may not always like that plan, but that's my job sometimes not to be liked. My job is to do the best thing for him. That's what I'll do."
Kirk Cousins will handle things until RG3 is ready to return and Cousins will start against the Titans.
"It is a unique situation with Kirk, but it's unique throughout the whole preseason," Shanahan said. "We've got a game plan, getting these guys ready. Kirk will play more in the second and third game than a normal starter would. We're going to give him a lot of reps, not necessarily as much probably in this first game."
Defensively, Washington, which won its final seven regular season games last year to finish at 10-6 and win the NFC East, is thrilled to have sackmaster Brian Orakpo back from injury and hopes rookies Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo can make things interesting at safety.
The Redskins have only visited LP Field in Nashville on three previous occasions, twice in the regular season (2002 and 2010) and once in the preseason (2007). In the all-time preseason series, the Redskins hold a slight 4-3 advantage over the Titans.
- Washington Touchdown - 3-yard pass from Kirk Cousins to Fred
Davis. (Kai Forbath kick). 6:58 remaining.
- Tennessee Touchdown - 58-yard run by Chris Johnson. (Maikon
Bonani kick). 6:42 remaining.
- Tennessee Touchdown - 19-yard run by Shonn Greene. (Maikon
Bonani kick). 0:35 remaining.
- Washington Touchdown - 8-yard pass from Rex Grossman to
Leonard Hankerson. (Kai Forbath kick). 0:26 remaining.
- No Scoring.
- Tennessee Touchdown - 9-yard pass from Rusty Smith to Quinn
Johnson. (Maikon Bonani kick). 7:48 remaining.
- Washington Touchdown - 9-yard run by Pat White. (Emmanuel
Ogbuehi pass from Pat White). 2:23 remaining.
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Pat White scrambled for a 9-yard score and then found Emmanuel Ogbuehi for the go-ahead two-point conversion, as the Washington Redskins rallied to a 22-21 victory over the Tennessee Titans in the preseason opener for both teams Thursday at LP Field.
Kirk Cousins got the start under center for the Redskins with superstar quarterback Robert Griffin III still recovering from a torn ACL and LCL he sustained in Washington's NFC wild-card loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Cousins completed 6-of-7 passes for 52 yards and a score, while backup Rex Grossman finished 10-for-21 for 119 yards and a touchdown. White, Washington's third-string quarterback, went 5-for-8 for 31 yards while rushing five times for 33 yards and a score.
Jake Locker, entering his third season, played most of the first half under center for the Titans, but finished just 7-for-11 for 58 yards. Third-stringer Rusty Smith completed 7-of-10 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Chris Johnson made the most of his two carries, taking one 58 yards for a touchdown. Shonn Greene, who signed a three-year deal with the Titans in the offseason, carried the ball five times for 32 yards and touchdown.
Cousins got the scoring started in the first, finding tight end Fred Davis for a 3-yard touchdown on Washington's second drive of the game. Davis, who tore his Achilles tendon in Week 7 last year, caught two passes for 14 yards.
Johnson broke free for a 58-yard touchdown on Tennessee's next play from scrimmage before Greene capped a 9-play, 61-yard march with a 19-yard TD scamper to make it 14-7.
Grossman found Leonard Hankerson for an 8-yard touchdown to send the teams into the break locked at 14-14.
After a scoreless third quarter, Smith finished off a lengthy 14-play, 94-yard trek with a 9-yard touchdown toss to Quinn Johnson to make it 21-14 Titans.