The Tennessee Titans should feel much better about their offense after Friday night’s 28-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills.
It took a fourth-down try from the 2-yard line but the first-team offense finally scored a touchdown on Vince Young’s scramble in the first half. The Titans followed that up with a perfectly executed two-minute drive to take a 17-14 halftime lead as Young hit Bo Scaife on a 5-yard pass.
Here are a few observations from Friday night’s game:
*LenDale White, in his first start of the preseason, catapulted himself back into the running back fray with Chris Brown, by rushing for 51 yards on 11 carries.
Brown kept pace by adding 42 yards on six carries and also added a key 18-yard pass reception on third-and-17 to keep one Titans drive alive.
* While it appears White will get every chance to be the Titans’ starter, Brown, whom running backs coach Sherman Smith labeled the favorite earlier this week, is making a case for at least a running-back-by-committee approach early on with his second consecutive strong performance.
*Young looked much better his second time out in the preseason, connecting on 13 of 19 passes for 162 yards while playing the first half.
*Also, quietly, backup Kerry Collins has put together two solid games off the bench after struggling in replacing a suspended Young in the preseason opener against Washington. Collins completed 5 of 6 passes in the third quarter, firing touchdowns of 16 yards to Justin Gage and 40 yards to Biren Ealy, who is trying to force his way into the receiver picture as a long shot.
*Speaking of receivers, Roydell Williams got the start Friday night and had the kind of game he needs to push himself up the depth chart with four catches for 68 yards. On the other end of the spectrum, Courtney Roby and Joel Filani were reduced to limited playing time at the end of the game.
*On defense, the pressure from the front four continued to be solid. A Kyle Vanden Bosch pressure led to Lamont Thompson intercepting J.P. Losman and setting up the Titans first touchdown.
Thompson has continued to have a strong camp and preseason and might be on the verge of fending off Calvin Lowry for the free safety job. Lowry, however, did make a big play of his own with a sack and forced fumble against Craig Nall that Sean Conover recovered.
*Michael Griffin’s first start at cornerback was pretty good, except for one lapse, where he allowed a double move from Lee Evans and it turned into a 64-yard touchdown that gave Buffalo a 14-10 lead.
*The first set of cuts are on Tuesday, with the final cut to 53 players scheduled for Saturday. The Titans have some tough choices to make, and for the first time since about 2003, there is the indication that Tennessee’s depth is strong enough that some of the players they let go of might be coveted elsewhere around the NFL.