NASHVILLE, Tenn. –
No Titans starter played on either side of the football against the Vikings in an effort to give reps to other players battling for roster spots.
Rookie running back
Mettenberger and Tennessee’s offense moved the ball well during the first half, but were left without any points to show for their efforts. The rookie QB played into the third quarter and finished with 154 yards, completing 12 of his 17 passing attempts. He was also sacked three times and lost one fumble.
Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater got the start for Minnesota, going 4-for-9 for 19 yards and a three-yard touchdown to Adam Thielen. Three Blair Walsh field goals gave the Vikings a 16-0 lead into the half.
“It was disappointing from the standpoint of missed tackles and missed opportunities,” Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt said going into the half. “We had three missed sacks and penalties on third down defensively. Offensively, obviously we had the turnover and we let them get to the quarterback, but the conditions weren’t great. There are some little things that we’ve got to clean up, which we expected somewhat with some of these guys that are playing.”
Newly signed quarterback
The Titans finally got on the board late in the fourth quarter on a 29-yard
The Vikings were led by running back Joe Banyard, who ran for 111 yards on 18 carries.
Players report to Saint Thomas Sports Park Friday morning at 9 a.m. CT, then will have the weekend off. The Titans must have their roster trimmed to 53 players by 3 p.m. CT. on Saturday and can begin building a 10-player practice squad on Sunday.
The Titans will start their normal weekly schedule on Monday as they prepare for a Week 1 matchup in Kansas City against the Chiefs.