Titans-Browns Game Notes

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TITANS TEAM NOTES

·         The Titans improved their all-time Kickoff Weekend record to 31-29, including an 11-10 Kickoff Weekend record in the "Titans era" (since 1999). They earned their first Week 1 victory since 2015.

·         The Titans now have three consecutive victories over the Browns.

·         The Titans were whistled for one-third of the penalties that the Browns accumulated: six penalties (54 yards) for the Titans and 18 infractions (182 yards) by the Browns. The Browns' 18 penalties were the most by a Titans opponent since the beginning of the 2000 season. 

·         The Titans were plus-three in turnover margin at Cleveland. They had three interceptions on defense and did not commit a turnover.

·         The Titans scored touchdowns following all three of their turnovers. Their 21 points off turnovers made up the team's highest total since they scored 28 points off turnovers against the New York Jets on Sept. 29, 2013.

·         Tennessee's five total touchdowns against the Browns was the highest total for the team since scoring six touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 13, 2016.

·         The Titans' 43 points were the most by the team in a game since scoring 47 points against the Packers on Nov. 13, 2016.

·         The Titans' 43 points were the most by the team in a Kickoff Weekend game in the Titans era, eclipsing the previous high of 42 points at Tampa Bay on Sept. 13, 2015.

·         The Titans' 30-point margin of victory was the highest by the team in a Kickoff Weekend game in the Titans era, eclipsing the previous high of 28 points at Tampa Bay on Sept. 13, 2015. It was the team's largest margin of victory in any game since a 34-point win (37-3) at Miami on Nov. 11, 2012.

·         The Titans' 21 points in the fourth quarter were their most in a single quarter since a 21-point fourth quarter against Indianapolis on Oct. 16, 2017.

TEAM NOTES – OFFENSE

·         The Titans scored on four of their first five possessions in the second half, totaling three touchdowns and one field goal.

·         The Titans scored touchdowns on three of their four red zone possessions and both of their goal-to-go chances.

TEAM NOTES – DEFENSE

·         For the first time in franchise history, the Titans recorded at least three interceptions, five sacks and a safety in a single game.

·         The defense scored on an interception return and a safety, marking the first time the unit accomplished the feat since a win against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 18, 2005.

·         When outside linebacker Cameron Wake recorded a sack in the end zone in the second quarter, the Titans defense scored its first safety since Dec. 14, 2014. Since the start of the 1999 season, the Titans have a 10-4 record when they score a safety.

·         The Titans defense limited the Browns to one conversion on 10 third-down attempts (10 percent), and the Browns also did not convert either of their fourth-down attempts.

·         The defense totaled three interceptions for the first time in a game since they had three at Cleveland on Oct. 22, 2017.

WR A.J. BROWN

·         Recorded a start at wide receiver in his NFL debut.

·         With 100 yards on three receptions, Brown became the franchise's first player with 100 receiving yards in his first career game since Sid Blanks on Sept. 12, 1964.

·         Recorded the 19th 100-yard receiving game in Week 1 in franchise history.

·         In the first quarter, recorded his first NFL reception on a 47-yard pass from Marcus Mariota.

·         On the first play of the third quarter, he turned a pass from Mariota into a 51-yard reception.

CB MALCOLM BUTLER

·         In the fourth quarter, intercepted a pass from Baker Mayfield to wide receiver Jarvis Landry and raced 38 yards for a touchdown. It was Butler's second career interception return for a touchdown. The interception was the 12th of Butler's career.

S KEVIN BYARD

·         In the fourth quarter, recorded his first interception of the season by picking off a Baker Mayfield pass that was intended for Odell Beckham Jr. He returned the ball 28 yards to help set up a touchdown on the Titans' ensuing drive. It marked Byard's 13th career interception. 

G JAMIL DOUGLAS

·         With Kevin Pamphile inactive due to injury, Douglas started at right guard. He recorded his seventh career start and his first since his 2015 rookie season as a member of the Miami Dolphins.

OLB SHARIF FINCH

·         Recorded his first career start at outside linebacker.

·         Registered a nine-yard sack in the fourth quarter to give him 2.5 career sacks.

RB DERRICK HENRY

·         Totaled 19 rushing attempts for 84 yards and one touchdown (23rd career) and added one reception for a 75-yard touchdown (second career).

·         His 159 scrimmage yards made up the third-best total of his career.

·         It was his first career performance with a rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown in a game.

·         Recorded a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. It was his ninth touchdown run over a six-game span dating back to the end of the 2018 campaign.

·         Scored on a career-long 75-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. It topped his previous long reception of 66 yards on Dec. 31, 2017.

·         His 75-yard reception gave him a new career high for receiving yards in a game (66 against Jacksonville on Dec. 31, 2017).

WR ADAM HUMPHRIES

·         Made his debut in a Titans uniform.

·         In the second quarter, recorded his first reception with the Titans, converting a third-and-3 with a five-yard catch.

P BRETT KERN

·         Averaged 46.2 yards (43.2 net) on six punts with three punts placed inside the 20.

·         Boomed a 70-yard punt to Cleveland's three-yard line in the second quarter, recording his eighth career punt of at least 70 yards. It resulted in the Titans scoring a safety on the next play.

QB MARCUS MARIOTA

·         Completed 14 of 24 passes for 248 yards, three touchdowns and a passer rating of 133.3. It was the fifth-highest passer rating of his career (minimum 20 attempts).

·         Recorded his ninth career game with at least three touchdown passes. It was his fifth career game with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions.

·         Completed a 47-yard pass to wide receiver A.J. Brown in the first quarter.

·         Tied his career long with a 75-yard touchdown pass to running back Derrick Henry in the third quarter.

·         Found tight end Delanie Walker for touchdown passes in the fourth quarter of 11 yards and seven yards.

CB LOGAN RYAN

·         Credited with an eight-yard sack late in the second quarter. He also split a seven-yard sack with outside linebacker Cameron Wake in the fourth quarter. It gave him eight career sacks, including 5.5 sacks since the beginning of the 2018 season.

·         In the fourth quarter, recorded his 14th career interception and his first in a Titans uniform. He picked off Baker Mayfield's pass that was intended for wide receiver Jarvis Landry.

·         Since individual sacks became an official NFL statistic in 1982, it marked only the third time a Titans/Oilers player recorded at least one interception and at least 1.5 sacks in the same game. Ryan joined Oilers linebackers Robert Brazile (Dec. 19, 1982 at Philadelphia) and Johnny Meads (Oct. 21, 1990 against New Orleans) as the franchise's only players to accomplish the feat.

·         His 1.5 sacks tied his career high (Oct. 27, 2013 vs. Miami).

K CAIRO SANTOS

·         Made his debut with the Titans less than a week after being signed to the roster. He made both of his field goal attempts (37 and 53 yards) and all five of his extra point attempts.

·         Connected on a 37-yard field goal in the first quarter on his first attempt in a Titans uniform.

·         In the third quarter, booted a 53-yard field goal. It was his fourth career field goal of at least 53 yards.

TE JONNU SMITH

·         Returned to the lineup for the first time since suffering a season-ending injury on Dec. 6, 2018 and had one reception for seven yards.

·         Recorded his first career rushing attempt, gaining 10 yards for a first down in the second quarter.

OLB CAMERON WAKE

·         Led the Titans with 2.5 sacks in his debut in a Titans uniform.

·         In the first quarter, recorded his first sack with the Titans and the 99th sack of his career. He dropped Baker Mayfield for a 15-yard loss. 

·         In the second quarter, recorded a safety with a sack of Baker Mayfield in the end zone. It was his second career safety and first since 2013 as a member of the Miami Dolphins.

·         On his second sack, he became the second active NFL player to reach 100 career sacks, joining current Arizona Cardinals defender Terrell Suggs. He became the 33rd NFL player to reach the mark since individual sacks became an official statistic in 1982.

·         He also shared a seven-yard sack with cornerback Logan Ryan in the fourth quarter.

·         Recorded his ninth career game with at least 2.5 sacks.

·         Became the second player in franchise history to be credited with a safety and at least 2.5 sacks in the same game, joining Ray Childress (Sept. 16, 1990 at Pittsburgh).

TE DELANIE WALKER

·         Returned to the field for a regular season game 364 days after suffering a season-ending injury in the 2018 season opener at Miami (Sept. 9, 2018). He totaled a team-high five receptions for 55 yards and two touchdowns.

·         Posted a 16-yard reception in the second quarter.

·         Scored on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota in the fourth quarter, and on the next drive, scored on a seven-yard touchdown pass from Mariota. His two touchdown passes tied his career high, marking the third time in his career he accomplished the feat.

·         With two touchdown receptions—his 27th and 28th with the franchise—Walker surpassed Frank Wycheck (27 touchdown receptions) for the most in franchise history among tight ends. Walker is now tied with former wide receiver Nate Washington (28) for eighth place on the franchise's all-time touchdown receptions list.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Cleveland Browns in the 2019 regular season opener at First Energy Stadium. (Photos: Donald Page)

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