Titans Flop In Preseason Finale

Titans Flop In Preseason Finale

It was almost a carbon copy of the first preseason game at L.P. Field, as just before kickoff the rains came pouring down.

There was a positive in the Titans 19-3 preseason ending loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night at L.P. Field, there were no injuries of note for the Titans.

In a game that already lacked the starters for both teams, it was the Titans second unit on defense that kept the streak alive of allowing the opponents to score on the opening possession for the fourth consecutive game.

Using a twelve play, 80 yard drive Teddy Bridgewater drove the Viking down before connecting with Adam Thielan for a three yard touchdown. It would prove to be the only touchdown of the night for either team.

For Minnesota Blair Walsh connected on on four field goals (45,22,35 and 30 yards)to complete the Vikings scoring.

Maikon Bonani connected on a 29 yard field goal with 7:12 remaining in the fourth quarter for the only Titans points of the night. Bonani finished the night one-of-two on field goal attempts, having missed earlier in the night from 33 yards away.

Interestingly enough for the Titans, Travis Coons did not see the field on the night.

For the Titans offense it was an ugly evening in the reverential rain as they sputtered throughout the night.

Rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who started and played into the third quarter while completing 12 of 17 passes for 154 yard. He was not intercepted on the night, though he was hit on the arm from behind and lost the football on a fumble. He ended the night with a quarterback rating of 98.7.

"It was a great opportunity to get out there and get some reps," said Mettenberger. "It's unfortunate how the game kind of played out, I would have liked to string some more drives together, get some points on the board. Overall, we did some good things offensively, we just weren't able to be consistent and keep drives going.

Free agent rookie Antonio Andrews had a strong performance in his big to find a spot on the roster, ending the night with 78 yards on thirteen carries. He showed some speed and made some tough runs between the tackles.

Bishop Sankey, who started the contest ended his night with 7 carries for 43 yards.

The lone offensive starter to play tonight was Justin Hunter, who made a circus grab of a Mettenberger pass down the Titans sideline for a 34 yard gain. Hunter added one more reception to end the night 53 yards on two receptions.

For Minnesota, former first round draft pick Christina Ponder completed 12 of 15 attempts for 12 yards.

The Titans staff will now turn their attention to the final roster cuts, as the team must be down to 53 players by Saturday afternoon.

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