Game Notes: Titans vs. Bills

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 The Titans allowed 14 points, registering their third game of 2019 in which they allowed 14 or fewer points. The Titans are allowing 15.2 points per game through five weeks. It is the lowest amount allowed by the team through five games since 2008 (11.2).

·         For the fifth consecutive game to begin the season, the Titans allowed 20 or fewer points. Since 1999, there have been only two other Titans squads that did not allow more than 20 points in any of their first five games: the 2000 team (seven games) and the 2008 team (six). The Titans are one of only four NFL teams to hold opponents to 20 or fewer points every week in 2019. The others are the Bills, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers (three games through Oct. 6).

·         The Titans recorded one takeaway against the Bills—an interception by Kevin Byard—and did not commit a turnover. They have seven total takeaways and one turnover in 2019 for a plus-six margin.

·         After scoring a touchdown following their takeaway against the Bills, the Titans now have 31 total points off turnovers this season, including four touchdowns and one field goal.

·         With only one turnover through five games, the Titans only the sixth team since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger to have only one turnover through the first five games of a season. The last team to accomplish the feat was the 2017 Kansas City Chiefs. The other teams were the 2016 Minnesota Vikings, the 2010 New York Jets, the 2008 Washington Redskins and the 1998 Cincinnati Bengals.

·         A week after getting three fourth-down stops at Atlanta, the Titans defense stopped the Bills on fourth-and-two from the Tennessee 31-yard line in the first quarter. Josh Allen was tackled for only a one-yard gain on the play.

·         The Titans allowed the Bills to convert only four of their 13 chances on third down (30.8 percent). Through five games, the defense has allowed only 19 conversions on 62 third-down attempts (30.6 percent).

·         The Titans defense produced four sacks against the Bills, registering the unit’s third game of 2019 with at least four sacks and its fourth game with at least three sacks.

S KEVIN BYARD

·         Recorded his second interception of the season and the 14th interception of his career. In the third quarter, he picked off a Josh Allen pass in Bills territory.

·         Since the beginning of the 2017 season, his 14 interceptions rank first in the NFL.

WR COREY DAVIS

·         Registered a pair of receptions for 28 yards, including a 23-yard reception in the second quarter.

OLB REGGIE GILBERT

·         In the fourth quarter, recorded his first sack as a member of the Titans. He dropped Josh Allen for a four-yard loss, which also gave him 4.5 career sacks.

RB DERRICK HENRY

·         Led the team in rushing with 78 yards on 20 attempts with one touchdown.

·         Recorded a 24-yard run on a carry in the first quarter.

·         Rushed for a 17-yard gain in the third quarter to the Buffalo eight-yard line, and three plays later, he rushed for aone-yard touchdown. He recorded his fourth rushing touchdown of 2019 and the 26th of his career.

·         His score in the third quarter gave him 12 rushing touchdowns and 13 total touchdowns (one receiving) in his last 10 games. Both numbers lead the NFL.

WR ADAM HUMPHRIES

·         Registered a team-high four receptions for 30 yards.

DL DAQUAN JONES

·         Forced quarterback Josh Allen out of bounds for no gain in the first quarter to earn his first sack of the season. It gave him seven career sacks.

P BRETT KERN

·         Recorded the second-highest single-game net punting average of his career (minimum of four punts), punting six times for a 49.3-yard net average (49.7-yard gross average) with one punt placed inside the 20. The only game of his career with a better qualifying net average was a 50.2-yard net average at Miami on Oct. 8, 2017.

·         His net average also qualified as the fourth-highest single-game net average in franchise history.

·         With his 159th career game with the Titans, tied Mike Munchak (159) for seventh place on the team's all-time career games played list.

OLB HAROLD LANDRY

·         Recorded a sack for a six-yard loss on third down in the third quarter. The play gave Landry a team-high four sacks in 2019 and 8.5 sacks in two NFL seasons.

QB MARCUS MARIOTA

·         Completed 13 of 22 passes for 183 yards and added 13 rushing yards on five attempts.

·         Increased his franchise record to 191 consecutive passes attempted without throwing an interception.

·         Became the NFL’s only quarterback to start every game through five weeks without throwing an interception or losing a fumble.

·         Completed a screen pass to tight end Jonnu Smith for a 57-yard pickup in the third quarter. It was the seventh-longest pass of Mariota’s career.

CB LOGAN RYAN

·         In the first quarter, sacked quarterback Josh Allen for a five-yard loss. The play gave Ryan 2.5 sacks in 2019 and nine sacks in his career.

TE JONNU SMITH

·         Caught a screen pass and turned it into a 57-yard reception in the third quarter. The reception was the second-longest catch of his career (61-yard touchdown at Houston, Nov. 26, 2018).

The Tennessee Titans take on the Buffalo Bills in Week 5 of the 2019 season at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donald Page)

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