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Dave Cera

Titans Lose To Texans

The Tennessee Titans are starting to look a lot like the Memphis Tigers at the quarterback position. With Steve McNair for today's game against Arizona, Billy Volek got the start, but he wouldn't still be standing by the end of it and the Cardinals came away with a 20-10 win. Things started out well when Volek hit Brandon Jones with a 38 yards touchdown pass, the Titans led 10-0 in the first quarter. Then David Macklin returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown, and Josh McCown snapped out of a bad afternoon to throw a 34-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Neil Rackers kicked field goals of 33 and 24 yards to improve to 20-for-20 for the season. Arizona converted the Titans' three turnovers into 17 points.

Tennessee (2-5) was without quarterback Steve McNair because of back and ankle injuries. The Titans then lost running back Chris Brown with a shoulder stinger, and long snapper Ken Amato with a high leg fracture in the first half. The loss of Brown was devastating. "Our No. 1 goal this game was to establish the run," said Billy Volek, who started in place of McNair. "Losing him, he's a great player. Jarrett (Payton) came in and did a good job, but you know Chris, he's something special."

The Cardinals (2-4) clinched the victory after Karlos Dansby's spectacular fourth-quarter sack. Volek, who never saw the diving Dansby coming, fumbled and Dansby recovered at the Tennessee 34. "It was a three-step drop," Volek said. "I didn't think a guy could get there that quick, and obviously he did. The next thing I know I'm sitting on the bench." On third-and-10, McCown threw a dart over the middle to Fitzgerald, who scored on a 34-yard play to make it 20-10 with 5:20 remaining. Volek, who threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Jones after the opening kickoff, left the game with a mild concussion.

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