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New Orleans Saints vs Tennessee Titans notebook

News and notes from the preseason home opener

*The Saints improved to 2-0 in the preseason with Friday's 31-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans. New Orleans will meet the Indianapolis Colts in its next preseason game on Saturday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. CDT.
*The Saints have won their first two preseason games in consecutive seasons for the first time since a streak of four straight 2-0 starts from 1990-93.
*New Orleans has won at least two preseason games for the eighth consecutive season.
*The win over the Titans snapped a three-game losing streak to Tennessee in the preseason. Before Friday, New Orleans' last win over Tennessee was in the 2006 preseason opener - Sean Payton's first game as Saints coach.
*The Saints went 80 yards in 16 plays on their first offensive series, with QB Luke McCown capping the drive on a 6-yard pass to TE Jimmy Graham. McCown and Graham would connect again for a 19-yard score in the second quarter.
*Playing nearly the entire first half, McCown finished 12 of 20 for 117 yards, two touchdowns and a passer rating of 109.8.
*Luke McCown, QB Ryan Griffin led the Saints offense to a touchdown on his first possession. Griffin connected with RB Mark Ingram for a 23-yard scoring pass with 1:18 left in the first half to give the Saints a 21-17 halftime lead.
*Griffin, playing into the fourth quarter, finished 13 of 19 for 179 yards, two touchdowns and a passer rating of 133.4. He also had a fourth-quarter scoring pass to rookie WR Seantavious Jones.
*WR Joseph Morgan had a team-high 108 yards receiving on three catches, including a 52-yard reception from Griffin on the play preceding Ingram's touchdown catch.
*The Saints defense forced five turnovers (two interceptions, three fumbles), the most by a New Orleans defense in the preseason since a 2002 game at Miami. New Orleans has only had five takeaways in the regular and postseason twice in the last decade - in the 2009 NFC Championship Game against Minnesota and a 2012 home shutout of Tampa Bay.
*OLB Junior Galette's third-down sack of QB Jake Locker in the second quarter stopped a Tennessee drive and forced a field goal attempt. Galette had a career-best 12 sacks in 2013.
*The Saints' defense set up the second New Orleans score of the night when S Kenny Vaccaro forced and S Rafael Bush recovered a fumble at the Titans 35-yard line.
*On the Saints' next defensive snap, Vaccaro sacked QB Charlie Whitehurst for an 11-yard loss.
*New Orleans added a second turnover in the final minute of the first half when DE Cameron Jordan forced a fumble on a sack and DE Akiem Hicks recovered. Jordan had a team-high 12.5 sacks along with two forced fumbles in 2013.
*Two Saints rookies had second-half interceptions. CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste recorded the Saints' third takeaway of the game in the third quarter, and S Vinnie Sunseri had an INT and 19-yard return in the fourth quarter.
*NT Brandon Deaderick came up with the Saints' fifth takeaway with a fourth-quarter fumble recovery.

Fan Photos from the New Orleans Saints preseason home opener against the Tennessee Titans on Friday, August 15, 2014. Photos by Michael C. Hebert and Matthew Sharpe (New Orleans Saints photos)

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