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Game Notes: Titans vs. Bengals



WINNING STREAK:** After their victory over the Bengals, the Titans own a four-game winning streak for the first time since 2009, when they enjoyed a stretch of five consecutive wins. 

EIGHT WINS IN LAST NINE GAMES AT NISSAN STADIUM: With their victory over the Bengals, the Titans won their fourth consecutive home game of 2017 and their eighth win in their last nine contests at Nissan Stadium.  Their only home loss this season was the opener against the Oakland Raiders.  Since then, they defeated the Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens and Bengals at Nissan Stadium. The Titans won their final four home games of 2016 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos and Houston Texans.  Since that Jaguars game on Oct. 27, 2016, the Titans are an NFL-best 8-1 in home games (.889 winning percentage).  

THIRD-HIGHEST RUSHING TOTAL FOR MARIOTA: In the first quarter, quarterback Marcus Mariota picked up 28 yards on an option run.  On the play, defensive back Adoree' Jackson lined up in the backfield, and Mariota faked a pitch before streaking down the sideline. It was Mariota's second-longest rushing attempt of the season.  Mariota finished the game with six rushing attempts for 51 yards, recording the third-highest rushing yardage total of his career.

GAME-WINNING DRIVE FOR MARIOTA: With the Titans trailing 20-17 with 4:57 remaining in the fourth quarter, they embarked on a 12-play, 73-yard drive to take the lead.  During the series, Marcus Mariota completed five of nine passes for 53 yards, including the game-winning, seven-yard touchdown pass to running back DeMarco Murray.  Mariota also rushed for five yards and a first down on the drive.  He was credited with his seventh career game-winning drive and his sixth fourth-quarter comeback in 35 career starts.  His game-winning drive against the Bengals was his third in a four-game span, which also included wins against the Indianapolis Colts (Oct. 16) and Cleveland Browns (Oct. 22). 

MARIOTA TIES CAREER HIGH FOR ATTEMPTS: Marcus Mariota completed 25 of 44 passes for 264 yards with one touchdown and one interception.  He equaled his career high for pass attempts (Sept. 27, 2015 against Indianapolis)

MURRAY SCORES TWICE ON THE GROUND…: In the first quarter, running back DeMarco Murray registered a two-yard touchdown run.  In the second quarter, he scored again on a one-yard run.  In notching his third and fourth rushing touchdowns of the season, which gave him 46 career rushing touchdowns, he passed LeGarrette Blount for the most rushing touchdowns since 2014 (32).  Murray recorded his fifth career game with at least two rushing touchdowns and his second with the Titans.  Murray's two rushing scores marked the second time in 2017 that the Titans had one player rush for two touchdowns in a contest (Marcus Mariota at Houston, Oct. 1).

…AND ONCE AS A RECEIVER: With less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, DeMarco Murray caught a pass from Marcus Mariota and turned it into a seven-yard touchdown reception.  It was his sixth career touchdown reception and his first of 2017. 

MURRAY JOINS FOUR OTHERS IN FRANCHISE HISTORY: DeMarco Murray's three total touchdowns matched his career high, equaling his three-touchdown (all rushing) performance as a member of the Dallas Cowboys against the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 28, 2013.  His effort against the Bengals marked the first time in his career he recorded at least two rushing touchdowns and an additional receiving touchdown.  He became only the fifth player in Titans/Oilers history to accomplish the feat, joining Billy Cannon (Dec. 10, 1961 and Sept. 23, 1962), George Amundson (Sept. 15, 1974), Chris Johnson (Sept. 20, 2009 and Dec. 13, 2009) and Dave Smith (Sept. 9, 1961).  Cannon had three rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns his first time doing so, while all others on the list, like Murray, had two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown. 

GAME-WINNING TOUCHDOWN FOR MURRAY: For the second time in his career, DeMarco Murray scored a game-winning touchdown inside the final two minutes of the fourth quarter or in overtime.  The only previous time he did so was in a 24-23 win over the Washington Redskins as a member of the Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 22, 2013, when the team's extra point broke the tie following his 10-yard touchdown catch with 1:08 remaining in the fourth quarter.

WALKER PASSES DUNCAN On his fourth catch of the day, tight end Delanie Walker recorded his 323rd reception as a member of the Titans.  In doing so, he passed former Oilers wide receiver Curtis Duncan (322) for eighth place on the franchise's all-time receptions list.  Walker, who led the team with six catches and 63 receiving yards against the Bengals, now has 325 receptions for 3,807 yards for the franchise.

SECOND-MOST YARDS AGAINST BENGALS IN 2017: The Bengals entered the game with the NFL's sixth-ranked defense, allowing opponents only 309.1 yards per contest.  The Titans netted 416 yards against them (180 rushing, 236 passing), which was the second-highest total allowed by the Bengals in 2017.  Only the Steelers had more, compiling 420 yards on Oct. 22, 2017.

TITANS SCORE ON FIRST DRIVE AGAIN: The Titans scored on their opening drive for the fourth consecutive game, driving 84 yards on 10 plays, including DeMarco Murray's two-yard touchdown run.  They had a field goal on their first drive three games earlier against Indianapolis and in their last two contests at Cleveland and against Baltimore.  The Titans have scored on their opening possession five times in 2017.  They also had a touchdown to open the season against the Raiders on Sept. 10. 

TITANS POST 267 YARDS IN FIRST HALF: The Titans totaled 267 net yards in the first half (129 rushing, 138 passing), their highest total in the first half of a game since they had 351 yards in the opening two quarters against the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 13, 2016.

TIME OF POSSESSION OVER 40 FOR FIFTH TIME IN TITANS ERA: The Titans' time of possession was more than double that of the Bengals.  They possessed the ball for 40:09, as opposed to the Bengals' 19:51.  It was the Titans' highest time of possession since Dec. 16, 2002, when they had a 41:30 time of possession against the New England Patriots.  The game against the Bengals marked only the fifth time the team recorded a time of possession of at least 40 minutes in the "Titans era" (1999-present). 

MOST FIRST DOWNS IN TWO YEARS: The Titans recorded 27 first downs against the Bengals, their highest total since accumulating 28 first downs against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 27, 2015. 

SUCCESS IN RED ZONE: The Titans, who were the NFL's most efficient team in the red zone in 2016 with 72 percent of their opportunities resulting in touchdowns, recorded their second consecutive game in which they scored three touchdowns on three possessions in the red zone.  They did so the previous game against the Ravens.  The Titans improved their season red zone percentage in 2017 to 56.5 percent (13 of 23).

DISTRIBUTING CARRIES: The Titans totaled 180 rushing yards, and four players had at least 30 rushing yards.  Derrick Henry led the way with 52 yards on 11 carries, followed by Marcus Mariota's 51 yards (six carries), DeMarco Murray's 42 yards (14 carries) and Adoree' Jackson's 30 yards (three carries).  

THIRD-DOWN OFFENSE: The Titans offense was successful on 47 percent of its attempts on third down, converting seven times on 15 attempts.  It was the team's highest percentage since converting 50 percent (seven conversions on 14 attempts) against the Raiders on Sept. 10.

MORGAN REACHES 100 GAMES: Outside linebacker Derrick Morgan recorded his 100th career NFL game since he was selected by the Titans in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

MORGAN FIRST TITAN SINCE 2011 WITH TWO OPPONENT FUMBLE RECOVERIES: In the second quarter, outside linebacker Derrick Morgan recovered a fumble after the ball was stripped from quarterback Andy Dalton by outside linebacker Brian Orakpo.  It led to a touchdown on the ensuing Titans possession.  On Cincinnati's next drive, Morgan recovered another fumble by Dalton.  The two plays gave Morgan his first two fumble recoveries of 2017 and his third and fourth career fumble recoveries.  Morgan became the first Titans player to record two opponent fumble recoveries since linebacker Colin McCarthy at the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 4, 2011.

SEARCY REACHES 100 GAMES: Safety Da'Norris Searcy recorded his 100th career NFL game.  The former Buffalo Bill has played in 38 games since joining the Titans in 2015.

ORAKPO FORCES TURNOVER ON 60TH CAREER SACK: In the second quarter, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo sacked Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and knocked the ball loose.  The fumble was recovered by outside linebacker Derrick Morgan.  Orakpo joined 16 other active players in reaching 60 career sacks.  The play, which also gave him three forced fumbles in 2017 and 11 forced fumbles in his career, gave him 2.5 sacks in 2017.

BIG RUN BY JACKSON: For the second consecutive week, cornerback Adoree' Jackson recorded a long rushing attempt.  He gained 20 yards on a run in the second quarter against the Bengals a week after recording a 20-yard run against Baltimore.   Jackson added two more carries, including a 13-yard rush in the third quarter.

JACKSON'S COMBINED YARDAGE TOTAL: With 30 rushing yards on three attempts, 17 yards on three punt returns and 71 yards on three kickoff returns, rookie cornerback Adoree' Jackson totaled a season-high 118 all-purpose yards.  That was the most all-purpose yards by a non-offensive Titans player since defensive back/returner Chris Carr had 144 yards (all on kickoff and punt returns) at the Detroit Lions on Nov. 27, 2008.

THIRD-DOWN DEFENSE: The Bengals offense converted only one third down on 10 attempts.  The 10-percent rate on third down allowed by the Titans defense was the unit's lowest since Sept. 7, 2014, when the Kansas City Chiefs managed only 8.3 percent on third down (one conversion on 12 attempts).

SUCCOP'S RECORD STREAK COMES TO END: With a missed 48-yard field goal in the second quarter, Ryan Succop'sNFL-record streak of successful field goals from inside 50 yards came to an end at 56.  The streak, which began in 2014, broke the previous NFL record of 46, set by Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant from 2013–2015.  Later in the second quarter, Succop made a 44-yard field goal. 

KERN'S SECOND-LONGEST PUNT: In the fourth quarter, Brett Kern booted a 74-yard punt that went into the end zone.  It was his second-longest career punt behind only a 79-yarder against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 28, 2014.

KERN'S AVERAGE FIFTH IN TEAM HISTORY: Brett Kern averaged 56.5 yards on six attempts (42.2 net average) with two touchbacks and one punt placed inside the 20.  His average was the second-highest of his career (56.8 vs. Seattle on Sept. 24, 2017) and ranked fifth in franchise history (minimum four punts).  

INACTIVES: The Titans' inactive players were quarterback Brandon Weeden, wide receiver Darius Jennings, cornerback Kalan Reed, safety Curtis Riley, linebacker Nate Palmer, guard Quinton Spain, and defensive end David King.  Palmer (ankle) and Spain (toe) were on the injury report leading up to the game.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10 at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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