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Titans-Chiefs Game Notes

Posted Oct 6, 2013

TITANS GO 2-1 DURING HOMESTAND: The Titans played their last of three consecutive games at home, going 2-1 during the homestand.  Their four-game home winning streak dating back to 2012 came to an end against the Chiefs.  They now will travel for two of their next three and five of their next eight games, beginning with next week’s clash at Seattle.

THIRD-DOWN DEFENSE: The Titans went into the game with the fifth-ranked defense in third-down conversion rate.  They improved their standing against the Chiefs, allowing only one conversion in 12 third downs by the Chiefs.  The 8.3 percent conversion rate was the best by the Titans defense since Nov. 27, 2008 at Detroit (0-11, 0.0%).

TURNOVER-LESS STREAK COMES TO AN END: The Titans became the second NFL team in the Super Bowl era to play their first four games of the season without committing a turnover, joining the 1995 St. Louis Rams.  However, the streak came to an end against the Chiefs when they lost a fumble and two interceptions.

Ryan Fitzpatrick had 50 rushing yards and a TD in starting for injured QB Jake Locker.
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FITZPATRICK HAS BIG DAY RUSHING: Ryan Fitzpatrick gave the Titans a fourth-quarter lead with a nine-yard touchdown run.  It marked the quarterback’s seventh career touchdown run and his first in a Titans uniform. Earlier in the game his 26-yard run was the second-longest of his career, and his 50 total rushing yards in the game tied for the third-highest rushing total of his career.

PITOITUA SETS CAREER HIGH: In the fourth quarter, defensive end Ropati Pitoitua recorded a four-yard sack.  It gave him three sacks on the season, establishing a new career high for the fourth-year veteran (two in 2012).

WASHINGTON EXTENDS STREAK: With an eight-yard reception in the third quarter, wide receiver Nate Washington extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 83, including all 69 games he has played with the Titans.

POLLARD NOTCHES INTERCEPTION: In the third quarter, safety Bernard Pollard recorded his second interception of the season (11th career), picking off an Alex Smith pass.  Earlier in the year he intercepted a pass at Houston (Sept. 15).  The two interceptions in 2013 are his most in a season since 2009 (four with the Houston Texans).

FITZPATRICK RECORDS 94TH CAREER TD PASS: Ryan Fitzpatrick dumped off a short pass to Chris Johnson in the third quarter that turned into a 49-yard touchdown.  It marked Fitzpatrick’s 94th career touchdown pass and his second of the season.

CHRIS JOHNSON SCORES ON LONG RECEPTION: In the third quarter, Chris Johnson scored on a 49-yard reception.  It marked the third-longest reception of his career, his fifth career touchdown reception and his first touchdown reception since 2010.

SECOND LONGEST CAREER RUN FOR BATTLE: In the second quarter, running back Jackie Battle rushed for a 37-yard gain, giving the sixth-year veteran the second-longest run of his career (52 yards on Sept. 23, 2012).  Late in the fourth quarter, Battle tied his career long reception with a 24-yarder.

ANTONIO JOHNSON NOTCHES SACK: In the second quarter, defensive tackle Antonio Johnson sacked Alex Smith for an eight-yard loss.  It was his second sack of the season, which is a new career high, and it gave him 3.5 career sacks. 

GRIFFIN AND SENSABAUGH COMBINE FOR TAKEAWAY: Early in the second quarter, safety Michael Griffin and cornerback Coty Sensabaugh combined for a takeaway.  Griffin stripped the ball from Jamaal Charles for his first forced fumble of the season (10th career), and Sensabaugh recovered it for his first career fumble recovery.

EDWARDS ACTIVE FOR FIRST TIME: For the first time in his career, rookie defensive end Lavar Edwards was active and played in the game.  The fifth-round pick from Louisiana State University was inactive for the first four games of the season.

LOCKER HEADS LIST OF INACTIVES: Titans starting quarterback Jake Locker was inactive against the Chiefs due to the sprained hip and knee he suffered the previous week against the New York Jets.  The Titans’ six other inactive players were wide receiver Michael Preston, running back Shonn Greene, cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson, center Brian Schwenke, tackle Byron Stingily and defensive tackle Sammie Hill

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