Alterraun Verner didn’t wait too long to continue his takeaway streak.
Verner intercepted a pass from Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith to Stephen Hill on the second play of the game. Verner sprung to his feet after securing the ball and returned it 34 yards to the New York Jets’ 18-yard line. He received a big block by Michael Griffin on Hill, who suffered a head injury on the play that sidelined him for the rest of the game.
The interception return set up a five-play scoring drive by Tennessee that had two runs by Chris Johnson, two short gains by Jackie Battle and a 1-yard TD pass from Jake Locker to Delanie Walker.
The Titans’ cornerback has recorded a takeaway in every game this season. Verner had interceptions at Pittsburgh and Houston, returning the latter 23 yards for a touchdown. He recorded another takeaway against San Diego when he recovered a fumble of a lateral on the final play of the game.
The interception was the ninth of Verner’s career, and he’s matched his high for interceptions in a season (he had three as a rookie in 2010).
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