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Jarvis Greer

Titans Whip Saints at Superdome

Vince Young and Reggie Bush were at it again

on a national stage.

And it was Young's team that pulled it out again.

  Young was efficient rushing for 22 yards and hitting 11 of his first 19-passes for 137 yards and a Touchdown in the first half in the Superdome against the New Orleans Saints.

Titans up at the half...but Reggie Bush comes back with a couple of scores in the Third Quarter puts the Saints up 14-10.....

  But the Titans come back strong ans Bush's former USC teammate

  LenDale White scored a 1-yard touchdown run to give

the Tennessee Titans a 17-14 lead.

Young wasted little time reminding the Saints how vulnerable

they've been defending the pass. He drove his club inside the

Saints 20 on each of his first two drives, but the Saints' defense

came up with enough clutch tackles to limit the Titans to Rob

Bironas' 33-yard field goal on those possessions.

There was no stopping Young on the Titans' next drive, which

began near midfield after the Saints failed to convert on

fourth-and-1, squandering Aaron Stecker's 36-yard kick return.

Young hit Brandon Jones over the middle, and Jones eluded a

couple tacklers after the catch, for a 35-yard touchdown to make it

10-0.

It was only the latest of several long touchdowns given up this

season by New Orleans, which lost its opening two games by a

combined score of 72-24.

Meanwhile, the Saints' surprisingly anemic offense was slow to

show signs of improvement over its unproductive opening two games,

failing to get a first down until the second quarter. They couldn't

convert on a third-and-1 on their second drive, when Deuce

McAllister was brought down at the line of scrimmage.

Fourth-and-one only got worse, as the Saints tried to surprise

Tennessee by looking long and missed badly on Drew Brees' pass for

Marques Colston.

The Saints didn't get a first down until Colston made a leaping

10-yard catch over the middle on their third possession. However,

that only extended the drive long enough for Brees, whose pass

protection often collapsed quickly, to throw an interception to

Keith Bulluck in Saints' territory.

The Saints, who enjoyed a veritable love affair with fans during

last season's playoff run, started to hear the boos as frustrated

spectators pounded on the backs of their seats.

At that point, it was Brees' fourth interception, compared to

one touchdown pass, a mystifying start to the season for the NFL's

leading passer in 2006.

The Saints got a brief respite when Jason David intercepted

Young to thwart Tennessee's fourth scoring chance and keep the

deficit at 10-0.

Later in the quarter, McAllister limped off the field and went

to the locker room. The Saints said he would miss the remainder of

the game with a left knee injury.

Eventually the Saints got going and, again, it was a leaping

grab by Colston, this time a 37-yard gain to the Tennessee 26.

After Antwan Odom's face-mask penalty gave the Saints a first

down on the 5, Bush ran to the 1, then dropped a certain touchdown

toss before redeeming himself on an end run to make it 10-7

In the third quarter, Brees hit all six passes he attempted for

57 yards to set up Bush's second touchdown on a run through the

line.

 The Titans Bullock with 3 Oskies in the Game...

  Tennessee also runs back a pick for a touchdown as the Titans win it 31-to-14.

It left the Saints in danger of falling to 0-3 one

season after going to the NFC championship game.

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