There was some good, some bad and a lot of in-between in the Tennessee Titans’ preseason opener in Green Bay on Thursday night.
The Titans lost, 31-17, in Mike Vrabel’s first game at the helm, but there were some encouraging parts of the game.
Marcus Mariota directed a touchdown drive on his only series of the game to give the Titans a quick 7-0 lead. Mariota’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Darius Jennings capped the nine-play, 71-yard march that was highlighted by a 38-yard catch and run by Nick Williams.
After that, Mariota gave way to backup Blaine Gabbert, who was 9 of 15 for 76 yards before Luke Falk too the field late in the third quarter and finished up under center.
Gabbert directed a field goal drive in the second quarter as Ryan Succop connected on a 23-yard kick to give the Titans a 10-7 lead that stood up through the first half.
Defensively, the Titans had their share of problems, allowing a touchdown drive on their first series to the Packers, who played without starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
There were a few highlights, however, as rookie Harold Landry had a strip sack of Packers QB Brett Hundley, though Green Bay recovered the fumble.