1:00 PM ET, October 31, 2004
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans bought themselves two more weeks of hope at the expense of an old foe they still love to beat.The Titans rested Steve McNair and his aching chest, and backup Billy Volek responded by throwing for two touchdowns and 210 yards as the Titans beat the Bengals 27-20 Sunday for their first victory at home this season.
Bengals at Titans: Even when McNair returns, is Brown the key to this offense?
This is still Steve McNair's team. The presence of Chris Brown will definitely help the Titans, just like RB Eddie George's presence helped the team last season. The Titans need balance to be successful, but like last season this is still McNair's team. The Titans need McNair at the helm of the offense leading them with his arm and legs because without him this team isn't nearly as dangerous. The Titans shouldn't rush McNair back though, because this injury affects his throwing motion. It's definitely time for some rest for McNair.
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Veteran referee Johnny Grier lasted two plays before limping to the Titans' sideline with a strained right calf. He was replaced by back judge Scott Green, who got Grier's microphone gear after the opening drive. ... Cincinnati safety Kim Herring hurt his right knee in the first half but was able to return and finished the game. ... Titans punter Craig Hentrich's lower back flared up before kickoff, but he averaged 44.2 yards on five punts. He also had a sneak for first down on a fake punt.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.8||5.0|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||6:31||SHAYNE GRAHAM 28 YD |
Drive: 11 plays, 60 yds, 6:31
|FG||0:33||GARY ANDERSON 23 YD |
Drive: 15 plays, 77 yds, 9:02
|FG||6:27||GARY ANDERSON 45 YD |
Drive: 9 plays, 53 yds, 3:51
|TD||15:00||SHAD MEIER 1 YD PASS FROM BILLY VOLEK (GARY ANDERSON KICK) |
Drive: 16 plays, 80 yds, 6:24
|TD||2:44||MADIEU WILLIAMS 51 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (SHAYNE GRAHAM KICK)||10||13|
|FG||10:11||SHAYNE GRAHAM 50 YD |
Drive: 12 plays, 53 yds, 3:47
|TD||12:50||TROY FLEMING 13 YD PASS FROM BILLY VOLEK (GARY ANDERSON KICK) |
Drive: 5 plays, 70 yds, 2:39
|TD||14:51||CHRIS BROWN 1 YD RUN (GARY ANDERSON KICK) |
Drive: 3 plays, 28 yds, 1:44
|TD||1:13||RUDI JOHNSON 6 YD RUN (SHAYNE GRAHAM KICK) |
Drive: 4 plays, 70 yds, 1:22