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Football is BACK! Titans kick off preseason at home

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LP Field in Nashville was lit up with bright lights to let the world know the 2013 NFL season is about to begin.

The Tennessee Titans kicked off their first preseason game against the Washington Redskins on a perfect night for football. Despite a brief scattered shower, there was a good turnout for this Thursday night game. Not only were fans there to see the home team. It was also an opportunity to see last year's offensive player of the year, Robert Griffin III.

Griffin was back on the field for the first time since injuring his knee in a playoff game lost to Seattle last year. Fans were hoping to see the electrifying player in action seeing Griffin fully dressed out, warming up and being involved with the coin toss. Instead, Redskins backup Kirk Cousins got the start. Cousins threw for a touchdown and missed only one pass as the Redskins defeated the Tennessee Titans 22-21.

Cousins was efficient in his second drive. He drove the Redskins 64 yards in seven plays and capped his night with a 3-yard toss to tight end Fred Davis in the end zone to put Washington up 7-0.

The Titans on the other hand struggled out of the gate by going three and out on their first possession, including two sacks. On its next possession, Tennessee turned to its franchise player, Chris Johnson, who energized the crowd with a 58-yard run. With only rookie safety Baccari Rambo between him and the end zone, Johnson gave Rambo an ESPN Top 10 juke move and surged right for the TD.

Tennessee had 92 yards rushing and a 14-7 lead after the first quarter; Shonn Greene added a 19-yard TD run.

The Titans led 21-14 on a 9-yard pass from Rusty Smith to Quinn Johnson midway through the fourth period. Pat White drove the Redskins 80 yards and took advantage of a roughing-the-passer play that wiped out a possible turnover. White scored on a 9-yard TD run with 2:23 left and found Emmanuel Ogbuehi for the 2-point conversion to avoid overtime.