Game Notes: Titans Allow Just 209 Yards in Loss


TITANS ALLOW 209 YARDS:The Titans allowed only 209 yards against the Bills, the lowest total by a Titans opponent since the Steelers had 194 yards in the 2013 season opener in Pittsburgh (Sept. 8).  The 209 yards allowed against the Bills were the fewest allowed in a Titans home game since the Steelers had 127 yards at Nissan Stadium on Sept. 19, 2010.

OPPONENT PASSING YARDS FEWEST SINCE 2011:The Titans defense allowed only 82 passing yards to the Bills.  It was the Titans pass defense's best performance since Dec. 18, 2011, when the unit gave up 82 passing yards at Indianapolis.  The mark ties for the seventh-lowest by the defense in the Titans era (1999-present).


TIME OF POSSESSION: **The Titans have won the time of possession battle in each of their first four games of the season, including a season-high mark of 35:31 against the Bills.  They have an average time of possession in 2015 of 34:18.

POINTS OFF TURNOVERS:For the fifth time this season in five tries, the Titans scored after forcing a turnover. A fumble recovery on a Buffalo punt in the third quarter resulted in a touchdown on the ensuing Tennessee possession.  It marked the Titans' fourth touchdown in 2015 following a turnover.  The one other takeaway in 2015 not converted into a touchdown resulted in a field goal.

TITANS FORCING THREE-AND-OUTS AT HIGH RATE:Heading into the game against the Bills, the Titans defense was tied for second place in the NFL for the 33-percent rate at which it forced opponent three-and-outs.  The unit continued its strong showing against the Bills, forcing four three-and-outs in nine tries, excluding Buffalo's final kneel-down possession to conclude the contest.

FIRST-HALF SHUTOUT:The Titans defense forced a shutout in the first half for the first time since Nov. 13, 2011 at Carolina. Two weeks before that contest was the Titans' last home shutout in the first half, against Indianapolis on Oct. 30, 2011.

TITANS WIN CHALLENGE:Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt won his second replay challenge of the season.  Following a review in the third quarter, the Titans were awarded a fumble on a punt return by the Bills.  Whisenhunt won his only other challenge of the season in the opener at Tampa Bay (Sept. 13).


MARIOTA HELD WITHOUT A TOUCHDOWN PASS: For the first time since at least his high school career,Marcus Mariotadid not throw a touchdown pass in a game.  He completed at least one touchdown pass in all 41 of his college games and completed at least two touchdown passes in each of his first three NFL games.  Still, Mariota's eight touchdown passes tied for the second-most in franchise history through the first four games of a season. The only player with more wasWarren Moon** in 1990 (nine).  Against the Bills, Mariota was 21-of-32 passing for 187 yards with an interception (68.1 passer rating).

LONG RUN BY MARIOTA:Rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota took off on a 22-yard keeper in the fourth quarter.  It marked the longest run of his career through four games.  He totaled 47 yards on five rushing attempts for the game.

SUCCOP'S 100TH GAME:Titans kicker Ryan Succop played in the 100th game of his seven-year NFL career.  He has never missed a contest since entering the league with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. Against the Bills, he made both of his field goals (21 and 41 yards) and his only extra point attempt.

ANDREWS SCORES FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE GAME:Running back Antonio Andrews scored for the second consecutive game.  He plunged one yard for a touchdown in the third quarter, one game after scoring his first career touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts (Sept. 27).

SPECIAL TEAMS TAKEAWAY:Tennessee's punt coverage team*was responsible for the team's only takeaway of the game.  RookieJalston Fowlerknocked the ball out of the hands of returnerDenarius Moore, and it was recovered bySteve Johnson*.

BIG RETURN BY McCLUSTER:In the second quarter, Dexter McCluster gave the Titans field position in Buffalo territory with a 26-yard punt return.  The punt return was McCluster's longest of the season and his longest since a 48-yard punt return against Houston on Oct. 26, 2014.


MORGAN NOTCHES 1.5 SACKS: On a third down in the second quarter, outside linebackerDerrick Morganand defensive tackleJurrell Caseycombined on a five-yard sack ofTyrod Taylor**.  In the fourth quarter, Morgan dropped Taylor for an 11-yard loss.  Morgan, who has 27.5 career sacks, is off to the best four-game start of his career with a team-high 4.5 sacks in 2015.

CASEY ALSO TOTALS 1.5 SACKS:In the second quarter, defensive lineman Jurrell Casey notched his third sack of the season, dropping Tyrod Taylor for a three-yard loss on third-and-five.  Casey added a half sack later in the second quarter. It gave him 3.5 sacks in 2015 and 24.5 sacks in his five-year career.

WILLIAMSON RECORDS SACK:In the third quarter, linebacker Avery Williamson was credited with his first sack of the season (12 yards) and his fourth career sack.

McCOURTY COMES BACK:Cornerback Jason McCourty was back in the starting lineup against the Bills after missing all four preseason games and the first three games of the regular season.  He suffered a groin injury early in training camp.

INACTIVES: The Titans' seven inactive players were quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, running back Terrance West, cornerback Cody Riggs, offensive lineman Chance Warmack, tight end Chase Coffman, defensive lineman Mike Martin and nose tackle Sammie Hill.  Riggs (knee), Warmack (knee), and Hill (knee) were listed on the injury report leading up to the game.


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