Instant Replay

Here are some highlights from the New Orleans Saints' preseason home opener against the Tennessee Titans in the Mrecedes-Benz Superdome on Friday.

What did we learn? Not a whole lot. There is no doubt that had it been a regular-season game and the Saints were completely healthy they would have easily won the game easily. Tennessee is trying to rebuild on the fly with a new coach in Ken Whisenhunt, and it isn't ready for prime time. But with Drew Brees, Marques Colston and some other key players out, there were a lot of times in the first half when it seemed the Saints simply mailed it in.

Did you see that? Saints tight end Jimmy Graham dunked over the goalpost after catching a 6-yard touchdown pass from Luke McCown to give the team a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. He also dunked over the goalpost after catching a 19-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, which made the score 14-10 with 4:25 left in the first half. Graham better get in his touchdown dunks during the preseason, because there is no way Coach Sean Payton will let him do that in a game when the preason ends.

The Mett is still loved in Louisiana: Former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who was drafted in the sixth round by the Titans, received a nice round of applause from Saints fans when he entered the game with four minutes left in the second quarterback after backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst suffered a hand injury. Mettenberger threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter to give the Titans a 17-14 lead with 2:34 left in the half.

Play of the game: Saints quarterback Ryan Griffin threw a 52-yard pass to receiver Joseph Morgan, who made a diving catch, in the second quarter.

Seems like old times: Saints roolie safety Vinnie Sunseri, who played at Alabama, intercepted Mettenberger in the fourth quarter.

Did you notice.... The Saints running game, which was the star of its 26-24 victory at St. Louis in last week's preseason opener, wasn't as sharp against the Tennessee Titans. The Saints did not have a running back with more than 20 yards rushing through three quarters on Friday.

Coming up: The Saints play at the Indianapolis Colts in their third preseason game on Saturday, which most teams use as their dress rehearsal for the regular season.

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