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Friday, August 24, 2012 - Page updated at 09:30 p.m.
Locker has 2 TDs in home debut for Titans
By The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jake Locker showed why the Tennessee Titans picked him as their starting quarterback. The Arizona Cardinals leave town still trying to figure out their own situation after neither John Skelton nor Kevin Kolb looked very impressive.
Locker threw for 134 yards and two touchdowns in his home debut as Tennessee's starting quarterback, and the Titans beat the Cardinals 32-27 on Thursday night.
Tennessee named Locker, the eighth overall draft pick in 2011 from Washington, their starter for the season Monday. He responded by throwing for 124 yards and both TDs in giving Tennessee a 17-10 halftime lead. He finished 11 of 20 for 134 yards, with a 109.2 passer rating. He got plenty of help as the Titans got another strong showing on defense.
End Kamerion Wimbley had two sacks, linebacker Colin McCarthy returned one of his two interceptions 31 yards for a TD and the Titans (2-1) forced five turnovers overall. Returner Marc Mariani broke his left leg at the end of a punt return.
The Cardinals struggled without left tackle Levi Brown, who tore his right triceps last week. Skelton, who started at QB for Arizona (1-2), lasted until the second quarter.
Van Buren dies
PHILADELPHIA — Steve Van Buren, the square-jawed Hall of Fame running back who led the Philadelphia Eagles to NFL titles in 1948 and 1949, has died. He was 91.
The Eagles said Van Buren died Thursday in Lancaster, Pa., of pneumonia.
Van Buren led the NFL in rushing four times and was selected to the NFL's 75th Anniversary Team in 1994.
At Ravens 48, Jaguars 17
Joe Flacco completed 27 of 36 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns before leaving early in the third quarter. Baltimore finished with 571 yards of offense and had five drives of at least 80 yards.
Packers 27, at Bengals 13
MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay to a big first half, running for 52 yards and two touchdowns. Rodgers also was 12 of 22 for 154 yards with an interception.
• Titans cornerback Jason McCourty signed a contract extension that will keep him with Tennessee through the 2017 season. The Tennessean reported the five-year deal was worth $43 million with $20 million in guarantees and bonuses.
• The Pittsburgh Steelers fired special-teams coordinator Al Everest and replaced him with former assistant special-teams coach Amos Jones.
• Rex Ryan announced that veteran right tackle Wayne Hunter was demoted and replaced by Austin Howard as the New York Jets starter.
• The Chicago Bears waived backup running back Kahlil Bell.
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