Titans Sack Panthers Seven Times in Win
Sunday, November 4, 2007; 4:57 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans are on a roll, and they showed once again they can sack David Carr no matter what uniform he's wearing.
Vince Young and LenDale White each ran for a touchdown, and Albert Haynesworth had three of the Titans' season-high seven sacks as Tennessee beat the Carolina Panthers 20-7 Sunday for their third straight victory.
The Titans (6-2) finished their trip through the NFC South at 3-1 and ruined the Panthers' first trip to Tennessee in only the third game meeting between the teams. White finished with 100 yards, his third straight game with 100 or more yards.
It was the Titans' defense that thrived in a sloppy game that featured 10 penalties each.
Tennessee held an opponent to 14 or fewer points for the sixth time this season. The Titans held Carolina (4-4) to a season-low 191 yards total offense and shut out the Panthers until the fourth quarter despite four Titans turnovers.
Travis LaBoy also had a sack and his first career interception for Tennessee, and Chris Hope picked off backup Matt Moore with 2:13 left to seal the victory.
Carolina intercepted Young twice and sacked him twice.
Carr finally put the Panthers on the board in the fourth quarter with an 18-yard TD pass to Drew Carter in a drive helped by two 15-yard penalties on Tennessee.
It wasn't nearly enough.
Carr made his third start of the season with Vinny Testaverde, who started the past two games, designated as the Panthers' emergency third quarterback. Carr went to the sideline after being hit by Titans tackle Tony Brown, and Moore came in on Carolina's last drive, not Testaverde.
Not that it seemed to matter who was at quarterback for Carolina.
The Titans forced the Panthers three-and-out on each of their first two drives, sacking Carr on each drive. The Titans matched their season high for a game with their fifth sack early in the third quarter.
Young looked healthy and finally over a strained right quadriceps that slowed him a week ago. He opened the game by hitting his first four passes and scrambled twice, the last on a 3-yard run up the middle for a 7-0 lead.
Tennessee led 10-0 by the time White fumbled, giving Carolina its best field position at the Titans 24. The Panthers came away without any points when John Kasay's field goal went wide.
The Titans padded their lead to 13-0 on a 53-yard field goal by Rob Bironas as the half expired in a drive kept alive by a Panthers penalty. Young recovered a fumbled snap, and officials flagged linebacker Thomas Davis for unnecessary roughness.
Carolina had another chance after Chris Davis fumbled on a punt, and Richard Marshall recovered at the Tennessee 31.
But Carr was short on a throw to Steve Smith, and the receiver gestured at the quarterback as he walked back to the huddle. The Panthers wound up quick kicking with Kasay, and Smith finished with three catches for 15 yards.