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Tennessee Off To 4-0 Start For 1st Time

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: May 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The Tennessee Titans are off to a perfect - and historic - start.

Rookie Chris Johnson scored two touchdowns and the defense forced four turnovers that the Titans turned into 21 points in beating Minnesota. The Titans improved to 4-0 for the first time in franchise history.

Not even dating to their AFL start in Houston as the Oilers had this team started a season by winning more than three straight. But in their 10th season as the relocated Titans, they also have won an NFL-best seven straight regular-season games.

Minnesota (1-3), which came in hoping to start its own winning streak, outgained Tennessee 333-275. But the Titans also came up with four sacks to go with the turnovers.

Minnesota01007-17Tennessee101037-30 First Quarter

Ten-FG Bironas 20, 10:04.

Ten-C.Johnson 1 run (Bironas kick), 4:05.

Second Quarter

Min-Peterson 28 run (Longwell kick), 14:53.

Ten-FG Bironas 32, 10:19.

Ten-White 1 run (Bironas kick), 3:42.

Min-FG Longwell 42, :48.

Third Quarter

Ten-FG Bironas 49, 6:54.

Fourth Quarter

Min-Peterson 3 run (Longwell kick), 6:00.

Ten-C.Johnson 6 run (Bironas kick), 3:40.

A-69,143.

MinTenFirst downs1816Total Net Yards333275Rushes-yards20-8034-76Passing253199Punt Returns3-194-55Kickoff Returns5-1334-120Interceptions Ret.0-01-11Comp-Att-Int26-44-118-35-0Sacked-Yards Lost4-210-0Punts6-54.06-43.5Fumbles-Lost4-33-1Penalties-Yards7-504-18Time of Possession28:5731:03 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING-Minnesota, Peterson 18-80, Taylor 1-0, Frerotte 1-0. Tennessee, C.Johnson 17-61, White 11-13, Collins 6-2.

PASSING-Minnesota, Frerotte 25-43-1-266, Jackson 1-1-0-8. Tennessee, Collins 18-35-0-199.

RECEIVING-Minnesota, Wade 7-75, Berrian 5-78, Shiancoe 4-47, Peterson 4-21, Allison 2-23, Tahi 2-9, Kleinsasser 1-15, Rice 1-6. Tennessee, Gage 5-92, McCareins 3-37, B.Jones 3-34, Scaife 3-17, C.Johnson 3-14, Hall 1-5.

MISSED FIELD GOAL-Minnesota, Longwell 48 (WR).

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