Final

Jets 23

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Titans 16

(0-1, 0-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, September 10, 2006

LP Field, Nashville, TN 

1 2 3 4 T
NYJ 0 13 3 723
TEN 0 0 0 1616

Top Performers

Passing: C. Pennington (NYJ) - 319 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Brown (TEN) - 16 CAR, 64 YDS

Receiving: L. Coles (NYJ) - 8 REC, 153 YDS

Pennington outguns Collins, Young as Jets top Titans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Chad Pennington hasn't just returned strong after a second shoulder surgery in as many years. He might be even better than 2002.

It was over when ...
With 35 seconds left and the Titans going for it on fourth-and-6 at the Jets' 8, Kerry Collins missed Bo Schaife while trying to reach David Givens in the end zone.
Game ball goes to ...
What injuries? Chad Pennington, who's had two shoulder surgeries in two years and had to beat out three other QBs to reclaim his starting job, played in his first regular-season game since last September, throwing for 319 yards and two touchdowns.
Scouts Inc.'s take ...
The Jets went into Nashville and surprised the Titans with a solid performance on both sides of the ball. After jumping out to a 16-point lead, the Jets gave up too many plays on defense. However, Eric Mangini's team showed some mental toughness by driving the ball down the field late to earn the win.

All Pennington did that year was lead the NFL in passer rating.

Pennington threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns to lead the New York Jets to a 23-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday after having to beat out three quarterbacks in preseason to reclaim his starting job.

"Chad has done a great job in preparing himself and getting himself back to the point of being our starting quarterback," Jets receiver Laveranues Coles said. "I'm just happy that he now has a game under his belt and showed he's back."

The Titans had trailed 16-0 until Travis Henry tied the game, rushing for two fourth-quarter touchdowns within five minutes of each other. His 1-yarder with 5:58 left came one play after Pennington was sacked and fumbled.

Pennington needed seven plays to take back the lead after Justin Miller's 41-yard kickoff return, going ahead on a 12-yard touchdown pass to Chris Baker with 2:10 left in helping make coch Eric Mangini a winner in his head coaching debut.

"The mechanics were excellent, the tempo was excellent, and I'm proud that he was poised," Mangini said.

Tennessee had one last chance and drove to the Jets' 8. But Kerry Collins missed tight end Bo Scaife while trying to reach David Givens in the end zone on fourth-and-6 with 35 seconds to go.

"I'm proud of the way our guys fought, but I also believe the bottom line is about wins and losses and we didn't get that done today," Collins said.

This opener matched teams that went 4-12 in 2005 and came into this season with questions at quarterback.

Pennington played only three games last season before hurting his right shoulder. He couldn't have looked much better in posting a 123.2 passer rating and said he was happy to be playing again with lots of friends and family in the stands from his hometown of Knoxville, Tenn.

Elias Says

New York Jets
The Jets defeated the Titans 23-16 in the debut of their 36-year-old head coach, Eric Mangini. The past three coaches as young as Mangini to win their debuts were named Cowher, Shula and Madden. We hate to spoil a good story, but the Shula wasn't Hall of Famer Don. It was his son Dave with the Bengals in 1992.

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"It's just truly a blessing to be able to come out here and play this game. It's an honor to play this game, and that's the way I look at it," he said.

His father, who has been ailing recently, stayed at home and watched his son on television.

"I hope he enjoyed it," Pennington said.

The Titans didn't announce their starter until 90 minutes before kickoff and gave the job to Collins, who opened his 12th NFL season with his fifth team. Rookie Vince Young also played a series.

Andre Dyson, who started his career in Tennessee, intercepted each of them. The Jets ended three of four Tennessee drives with interceptions and had two sacks.

The Jets could have avoided all the late drama if only kicker Mike Nugent had been better. He missed an extra point and a 34-yard field-goal attempt and then bounced a 30-yarder off the right post. Mangini said he would talk to Nugent, among others, about mistakes.

Without Pennington, the Jets had the next-to-last ranked offense in the NFL in 2005. He picked apart the Titans and helped the Jets pile up 393 yards of offense.

Kevan Barlow scored for New York on 1-yard run two plays after a Titans interception was overturned by a defensive pass interference call in the second quarter.

A sellout crowd didn't waste any time sharing its anger early, booing Collins when he replaced Young and alternately chanting for Young and Billy Volek, the quarterback who lost his starting job when the team signed Collins on Aug. 29.

Collins, starting 13 days after being signed to a one-year contract, looked out of sync early and often with several balls sailing out of bounds and at least three batted down. His receivers didn't help with a couple drops. He finally clicked in the fourth quarter when he went 4-of-6 for 56 yards in setting up Henry's first TD run.

He finished 17-of-38 for 223 yards.

"This team is not happy right now and does not have a right to be," coach Jeff Fisher said.

Young made his NFL debut in the second quarter, entering with 8:55 left to a round of cheers. The No. 3 pick overall out of Texas looked like an immediate improvement over Collins as he completed his first three passes and moved the Titans to the Jets' 29.

Then he came up short on a pass to Givens, which Dyson picked off.

Game notes


The Jets, who gave up 53 sacks in 2005, allowed two. ... Henry's first TD run, a 3-yarder with 10:46 left, was his first for Tennessee since being picked up in a trade from Buffalo before last season. ... Fisher dropped to 7-5 in season openers.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYJ
TEN
1st Downs2422
Passing 1st downs
1614
Rushing 1st downs
47
1st downs from penalties
41
3rd down efficiency
4-135-13
4th down efficiency
0-01-2
Total Plays6969
Total Yards393328
Yards per play5.74.8
Total Drives1313
Passing302242
Comp-Att
24-3320-42
Yards per pass
8.65.5
Interceptions thrown
03
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-172-8
Rushing9186
Rushing Attempts
3425
Yards per rush
2.73.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-62-3
Penalties8-538-70
Turnovers23
Fumbles lost
20
Interceptions thrown
03
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession34:0225:58

Passing Leaders

NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Pennington24/333199.7202-17
TENC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Collins17/382235.9022-8
Young3/4276.8010-0

Rushing Leaders

NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Blaylock19361.906
Barlow11353.2111
TENCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown16644.009
Henry9222.425

Receiving Leaders

NYJRECYDSAVGTDLG
Coles815319.1041
Cotchery66510.8119
TENRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bennett810613.3024
Wade57615.2025

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERNYJTEN
nyjTD13:20Kevan Barlow, 1 yd run (Mike Nugent kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 76 yds, 4:32
70
nyjTD0:23Jerricho Cotchery, 8 yd pass from Chad Pennington
Drive info: 7 plays, 36 yds, 1:13
130
THIRD QUARTERNYJTEN
nyjFG12:50Mike Nugent 11 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 5 plays, 21 yds, 1:57
160
FOURTH QUARTERNYJTEN
tenTD10:48Travis Henry, 3 yd run( run for 2pt conversion)
Drive info: 9 plays, 80 yds, 3:24
168
tenTD6:03Travis Henry, 1 yd run( for 2pt conversion)
Drive info: 1 plays, 1 yds, 0:00
1616
nyjTD2:15Chris Baker, 12 yd pass from Chad Pennington (Mike Nugent kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 57 yds, 3:48
2316