Titans look to knock off Saints for sixth straight win

The Tennessee Titans did just fine in their first game without Derrick Henry.The New Orleans Saints didn’t do so well in their first game without Jameis Winston.The Titans (7-2) used a running back by committee approach in a 28-16 win at the Los Angeles Rams last week as Henry, still the NFL’s leading rusher, began his absence after foot surgery.The Titans host New Orleans (5-3), which lost at home to Atlanta (27-25) last week in its first game since Winston suffered a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 31.The Titans used Adrian Peterson, D’Onta Foreman and Jeremy Nichols against the Rams. They combined for 74 rushing yards, which was 43.1 fewer than Henry was averaging.”All three of those guys played a role and made some plays that helped us win,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of his team’s fifth consecutive victory.Peterson, the NFL’s fifth all-time leading rusher, and Foreman signed with Tennessee just last week.As a team, Tennessee rushed 26 times for 69 yards, a 2.7 average. The Titans’ 194 total yards was their fewest in three years. Their longest play from scrimmage gained 16 yards, but their defense controlled the game.”You don’t play for stats. You play for wins,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. “Sometimes they correlate together. In other situations and other games, it’s just a matter of finding a way to win. As a team, we did that.”The Titans’ defense had two critical interceptions of Matthew Stafford and forced field goals at the end of three long drives.Kevin Byard returned one of the interceptions 24 yards for a touchdown and David Long Jr. returned another to the 2-yard line, setting up another touchdown. Jeffery Simmons had three of the team’s five sacks and pressured Stafford in the end zone, leading to Long’s interception.”They’re a well-built team,” Saints linebacker Demario Davis said of the Titans. “They’re very physical on both offense and defense.”

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