NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jake Locker threw for 133 yards and a touchdown, and Tennessee sacked Matt Ryan five times Saturday night as the Titans beat the Atlanta Falcons 27-16.
Locker got both his first TD and the first turnover this preseason for the Titans. The third-year quarterback also posted his best game yet as he completed 11 of 13 passes and finished with a 134.9 passer rating before leaving after a series in the third quarter.
Ryan had Tony Gonzalez back after the veteran tight end reported to the Falcons this week. But a Tennessee defense without four starters got to Ryan repeatedly, including three times on third downs. Julio Jones was thrown at eight times with Roddy White resting an injured ankle, and dropped a couple while also drawing an offensive pass interference penalty.
Jeremy Shelley hit three of four field goals for Atlanta, which is 0-3 in the preseason.
Falcons cornerback Asante Samuel injured his thigh in the first quarter.
The four-time Pro Bowl player was hurt early in the game and did not return.
Rookie Robert Alford replaced Samuel and was still in the game early in the second quarter for Atlanta.
Tennessee receiver Nate Washington and running back Shonn Greene each suffered ankle injuries.
Washington went to the locker room late in the first half. The veteran already had four catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. Greene also hurt an ankle in the first half.
The Titans already were without receiver Kendall Wright, who is recovering from a sprained right