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Game Notes: Titans vs. Raiders

Posted Sep 10, 2017

Game notes from Sunday's season opener between the Titans and Raiders.

DAVIS MAKES EARLY IMPACT: First-round wide receiver Corey Davis made his NFL debut in the first quarter.  His first career catch was a 23-yard grab on third-and-eight to the Oakland 10-yard line, setting up a Titans touchdown on the next snap. Davis sat out all four preseason games with a hamstring injury.

DAVIS’ TOTAL SECOND AMONG TITANS-ERA ROOKIES IN WEEK 1: Corey Davis finished the game with six receptions for 69 yards.  In the team’s “Titans era” (1999-2017), his reception total ranks second among all rookies in Week 1 games.  Only Tajaé Sharpe had more, with seven catches on Sept. 11, 2016.  Only Sharpe (76 yards) and Kenny Britt (85 yards on Sept. 10, 2009) had more receiving yards than Davis in a rookie Week 1 debut. 

MARIOTA COMPLETES COMEBACK FROM INJURY: Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota played in his first regular season game since suffering a season-ending fibula injury on Dec. 24, 2016.  He completed 25 of 41 passes for 256 yards and a passer rating of 78.9.  His attempt total tied for the third-highest number of his career, and his completion total tied for the fourth-highest number of his career.

MARIOTA RUNS FOR SCORE: In the first quarter, Marcus Mariota scored on his first rushing attempt of the season.  He rushed 10 yards for his fifth career rushing touchdown and totaled 26 yards on three carries in the game.

MARIOTA THIRD-DOWN PASSING IN FIRST HALF: In the first half, the Titans converted five of their seven attempts on third down.  Marcus Mariota completed all six of his passing attempts on third down in the first half for 88 yards.  On the team’s opening touchdown drive, he converted three times with passes on third-and-long, all of which were at least third-and-eight. 

50 PERCENT ON THIRD DOWN: As a team, the Titans were 50 percent on third down, converting half of their 14 attempts. In 2016, they ranked third in the NFL with a conversion rate on third down of 46.1 percent.

WALKER LEADS IN RECEIVING: Tight end Delanie Walker led the Titans with seven receptions and 76 receiving yards against the Raiders.  Both totals were the best of Walker’s career in a Week 1 performance. 

BACK-TO-BACK SACKS: In the second quarter, linebacker Wesley Woodyard recorded the team’s first sack of the season, taking down Derek Carr for a five-yard loss.  It gave Woodyard 18.5 career sacks.  On the next play, outside linebacker Derrick Morgan’s seven-yard sack, which forced a punt, gave him 37.5 in his career.  Morgan ranks 10th in franchise history in career sacks.

SUCCOP EXTENDS STREAK FROM INSIDE 50: Ryan Succop extended his streak to 38 successful field goals from inside 50 yards, connecting on a 23-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 26-yarder in the third quarter.  The franchise-best streak dates back to 2014.

SUCCOP’S OTHER STREAK TIES FOR FIFTH IN TEAM HISTORY: In addition to his two field goals from inside 50 yards, Ryan Succop added a 52-yard field goal to extend his streak to 19 successful field goals of any distance before missing another attempt from 52 yards.  The 19-kick streak tied for the fifth-longest streak in franchise history, only one off the club record of 20 (accomplished three times by Rob Bironas and once by Al Del Greco).

DEBUTS: Several veteran players made their first regular season appearance with the Titans, including cornerback Logan Ryan, nose tackle Sylvester Williams, wide receiver Eric Decker and outside linebacker Erik Walden, all of whom were signed as free agents during the offseason.  Five Titans rookie draft picks played their first regular season game: wide receiver Corey Davis, cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, wide receiver Taywan Taylor, tight end Jonnu Smith and linebacker Jayon Brown.

INACTIVES: The Titans’ inactive players were defensive back Curtis Riley, cornerback LeShaun Sims, outside linebacker Josh Carraway, linebacker Nate Palmer, offensive lineman Corey Levin, outside linebacker Kevin Dodd and defensive end David King