Game Notes: Titans vs. Browns


FIRST-HALF SCORING THIRD BEST IN TITANS ERA: The Titans scored 28 points in the first half.  The total was the most by the team in the first half since Thanksgiving 2008, when they totaled 35 points in the first two quarters at Detroit (Nov. 27).  The only other game in the "Titans era" (1999-present) in which the Titans scored 28 or more points in the first half was Jan. 2, 2000 at Pittsburgh (31 points).


SEASON HIGHS:** The Titans recorded season-best marks against the Browns with 410 total net yards and 57 percent on third down (8-14).

COMBINED PASSING: Titans quarterbacks Jake Locker and Charlie Whitehurst combined to complete 21 passes on 32 attempts for 273 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.  The team passer rating of 123.6 was the highest by the Titans since Sept. 29, 2013, when they recorded a 129.8 passer rating against the New York Jets. 

BIG DAY FOR LOCKER BEFORE EARLY EXIT: Quarterback Jake Locker exited the game in the second quarter with a right hand injury.  Prior to that point, he completed eight passes on 11 attempts for 79 yards, a touchdown pass and a passer rating of 122.9.  He also rushed for 34 yards on four attempts, including an 11-yard touchdown run.  It marked the third game in his career (second start) in which he had a passing and rushing touchdown.

TOUCHDOWN PASSES BY WHITEHURST: Titans quarterback Charlie Whitehurst entered the game in relief of the injured Jake Locker (hand) in the second quarter and promptly threw a pair of touchdown passes.  He found Kendall Wright for an 11-yard score and then hit Justin Hunter in stride for a 75-yarder.  It was the first time in Whitehurst's nine-year career he completed two touchdown passes in a game. His game totals included 13 completions on 21 attempts for 194 yards, no interceptions and a passer rating of 123.9.

WHITEHURST TO COFFMAN: In the second half, Charlie Whitehurst completed a pair of nine-yard passes to tight end Chase Coffman.  It was the first occasion the duo connected on passes but not the first time a member of the Whitehurst family completed a pass to a member of the Coffman family.  Their fathers, quarterback David Whitehurst and tight end Paul Coffman, were teammates with the Green Bay Packers from 1978 through 1983 and linked up on numerous passing plays during that time.


LONG BOMB GETS TWO PLAYERS CAREER LONGS:The 75-yard touchdown pass fromCharlie WhitehursttoJustin Hunter** in the second quarter was the team's longest play of the season through five weeks.  Also, the completion set a new career passing long for Whitehurst (previously 61 yards) and a new career receiving long for Hunter (previously 57 yards).

BIG DAY FOR WRIGHT: Wide receiver Kendall Wright recorded multiple touchdown receptions in a game for the first time in his three-year career, scoring twice on 11-yard catches.  The first was from Jake Locker and the second from Charlie Whitehurst.  Wright now has nine career touchdown receptions.  He led the team with six receptions for 47 yards and also registered a run of 38 yards on his second career rushing attempt.                                                            

WASHINGTON PASSES BENNETT TWICE ON ONE PLAY: On a 17-yard reception in the first quarter, wide receiver Nate Washington passed Drew Bennett (273 career receptions) for ninth place on team's all-time reception list.  On the same catch, Washington moved past Bennett (4,033 receiving yards) for eighth place on the club's all-time receiving yards list.  Washington finished the contest with 57 yards on four receptions. In his six years with the Titans, he has 273 receptions for 4,024 yards and 26 touchdowns.

THIRD-HIGHEST TOTAL FOR HUNTER: Wide receiver Justin Hunter posted the third-highest receiving yardage total of his career, collecting 99 yards and a touchdown on three receptions.  His 75-yard touchdown marked the longest play of his career and was his fifth career touchdown reception.

ROOS PASSES BRAZILE: Playing in his 148th career game, Titans left tackle Michael Roos passed former Oilers linebacker Robert Brazile (147) for 11th place on the franchise's all-time games played list.


FOURTH DOWNS:The Titans defense had consecutive drives in the third and fourth quarters with stops on fourth down.  Defensive backCoty Sensabaughdefended a fourth-and-three pass in the third quarter, andSammie Hill** batted down a pass in the fourth quarter on fourth-and-three from Tennessee's four-yard line.

GRIFFIN TIES MOORE: Safety Michael Griffin notched his second interception of the season and the 24th interception of his career, picking off a Brian Hoyer pass in the fourth quarter.  With the takeaway, he tied former Oilers cornerback Zeke Moore for ninth place on the franchise's career interceptions list.

FOURTH CAREER SACK FOR GRIFFIN: On a third-down play during Cleveland's first offensive series, safety Michael Griffin blitzed and took down Brian Hoyer for a seven-yard loss to record his fourth career sack (first of 2014).

INACTIVES: The Titans' seven inactive players were quarterback Zach Mettenberger, wide receiver Kris Durham, cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson, linebacker James Anderson, tackle Byron Stingily, tight end Taylor Thompson and defensive lineman DaQuan Jones.

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