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Game Notes: Titans vs. Browns



CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH SIX SACKS:** The Titans recorded six sacks against the Browns, accomplishing the feat for the second consecutive week.  Wesley Woodyard, Avery Williamson, Sean Spence, Jurrell Casey, Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo each notched a solo sack versus Cleveland, one week after the team totaled six sacks at Miami.  The last time the Titans recorded back-to-back games with six or more sacks was 2010, when they did so against the Broncos (Oct. 3) and Cowboys (Oct. 10).

TITANS DEFENSE LIMITING RUSHING YARDS: The Titans limited the Browns to 40 rushing yards on 15 carries (2.7 avg.).  It was the lowest rushing yardage total by a Titans opponent since the Steelers rushed for 31 yards on Sept. 8, 2013.  Including the 51 rushing yards by the Dolphins on Oct. 9, the Titans defense allowed 91 total rushing yards in a two-week span.

TITANS TOTAL 407 YARDS: The Titans totaled 407 net yards against the Browns, including 270 net yards passing and 137 yards rushing.  It was the team's highest total of 2016 and the highest since a 467-yard performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 6, 2015.


OPENING-DRIVE TOUCHDOWNS:** The Titans scored a touchdown on their opening drive of the game, capping a seven-play, 75-yard series with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota to Rishard Matthews.  The series was the team's first game-opening touchdown drive since Sept. 13, 2015 at Tampa Bay. Against the Browns, the Titans also began the second half with a touchdown drive (seven plays, 70 yards).  It had been since the Tampa Bay game in 2015 that the Titans began each half with a touchdown drive.

BIG PLAYS: The Titans had three plays in the game that went for 40 or more yards: a 41-yard run by Marcus Mariota, a 48-yard touchdown reception by Kendall Wright and a 43-yard reception by Rishard Matthews.  In the first five games of the season, the team totaled two such plays.

WINNING FIELD POSITION: The Titans won the battle of field position for most of the day.  Their average drive began at their own 33-yard line, while the Browns' average was their own 21-yard line.  None of the Titans drives began inside their own 20, while the Browns had four series begin inside their own 12.

RED ZONE PERFECTION: For the second time in two weeks, the Titans made three trips into the red zone and were successful scoring touchdowns on all three occasions.   It brought their season red-zone totals to 12 touchdowns in 16 trips (75 percent).

GOAL-TO-GO SCORING SUCCESS: The Titans scored touchdowns in both of their goal-to-go situations against the Browns, bringing their season totals to 10 touchdowns in 11 tries (90.9 percent).

QUARTER SCORING STREAK: The Titans scored a touchdown in each of the first, second, third and fourth quarters against the Browns, accomplishing the feat for the first time since Oct. 21, 2012 at Buffalo.  The Titans extended their streak to eight consecutive quarters scoring, including all four quarters at Miami on Oct. 9.

ANOTHER TIME OF POSSESSION WIN: The Titans won time of possession for the sixth time in six games in 2016.  They held the ball against the Browns for 31:01 to bring their average to 31:57 over six games in 2016.


MARIOTA THROWS THREE MORE TOUCHDOWN PASSES:** Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota completed three touchdown passes against the Browns, accomplishing the feat for the sixth time in 18 career starts.  He delivered an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Rishard Matthews in the first quarter, a 48-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Kendall Wright in the second quarter and a 15-yarder to tight end Anthony Fasano in the fourth quarter.

MARIOTA'S PASSER RATING: Marcus Mariota recorded a 132.6 passer rating, logging his sixth career game and his second consecutive game with a passer rating of 100 or better.  It was his third-highest passer rating and his highest since Nov. 8, 2015 at New Orleans (135.7).  The Titans improved to 6-0 with Mariota recording a passer rating of 100 or better.


MARIOTA'S YARDAGE TOTAL:** Marcus Mariota completed 17 of 24 passes for 284 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.  His 284 yards through the air ranked third in his career.  With 64 additional yards on the ground, his 348 combined passing and rushing yards set a season high through six games and ranked fourth in his career.

MARIOTA'S YARDS PER ATTEMPT: With 284 yards on only 24 attempts, Marcus Mariota averaged 11.8 yards per attempt.  It was the second-highest yards-per-attempt average of his career and his highest since Sept. 13, 2015 at Tampa Bay (13.9). Additionally, Mariota's number was the fourth best in the NFL in 2016 through the afternoon games of Oct. 16.

MARIOTA RUSHES FOR 60 YARDS IN CONSECUTIVE WEEKS: A week after rushing for 60 yards on seven attempts, Marcus Mariota rushed for 64 yards on seven carries against the Browns.  His rushing yardage total was the second best of his career behind a 112-yard performance against Jacksonville on Dec. 6, 2015.  On the first play from scrimmage, he gained 41 yards on a designed run.  It was the second-longest run of his career.

MARIOTA REACHES 4,000: In the first half, quarterback Marcus Mariota reached the 4,000-yard career passing mark.  He became the 13th player in franchise history to total at least 4,000 passing yards.


WRIGHT'S FIFTH CAREER 100-YARD GAME:** Wide receiver Kendall Wright led the Titans with eight receptions for 133 yards against the Browns, reaching the 100-yard mark for the fifth time in his five-year career.  His yardage total ranked second in his career (150 vs. Arizona on Dec. 15, 2013), and the game marked the fifth time in his career he posted eight or more receptions.  In the first half alone, Wright had five receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown, recording 100 or more yards in the first half for the first time in his career.

WRIGHT CATCHES A BOMB: In the second quarter, Kendall Wright caught a 48-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota.  The reception tied for the second-longest catch of Wright's career and was his longest since a 52-yard touchdown at Tampa bay on Sept. 13, 2015.

WRIGHT MOVES UP ON FRANCHISE LIST: With eight catches against the Browns, Kendall Wright reached 262 career receptions.  In doing so, he passed former running back Eddie George (259) for 12th place on the franchise's all-time receptions list.


MURRAY SCORES HIS SIXTH TD OF THE SEASON:** Running back DeMarco Murray scored his sixth touchdown of the season on a three-yard carry in the third quarter.  It was his fourth rushing touchdown of the season in addition to his two receiving touchdowns.

MATTHEWS SCORES AGAIN: Wide receiver Rishard Matthews finished the game with three receptions for 70 yards.  In the first quarter, he scored on an 11-yard pass from Marcus Mariota.  It marked Matthews' second touchdown of the season and his second touchdown in as many weeks.  Matthews scored in the previous game at Miami, giving him consecutive games with a touchdown for the second time in his career (2014). In the third quarter against the Browns, he dove to snag a 43-yard pass from Mariota, recording his sixth career reception of at least 40 yards and his second in a three-game span. Two weeks previously at Houston, Matthews had a 60-yard catch.

FASANO REACHES END ZONE: In the fourth quarter, tight end Anthony Fasano recorded what would prove to be the game-winning touchdown.  He scored on a 15-yard pass from Marcus Mariota to notch his 34th career touchdown catch and his first of 2016.


FIVE CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A SACK:** In the third quarter, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo recorded a nine-yard sack, taking down Browns quarterback Cody Kessler.  The play gave Orakpo five consecutive games with at least one sack, marking the eighth time in franchise history a player accomplished the feat and the first time since Jevon Kearse had six consecutive games with a sack in 2003.

CONSECUTIVE SEVEN-SACK SEASONS BY ORAKPO: With his seventh sack of the season (54th career sack), Brian Orakpo became the first Titans player since Jevon Kearse (1999–2001) to record at least seven sacks in consecutive seasons.

CASEY JOINS FRANCHISE TOP 10 IN SACKS: Early in the second quarter, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey ended a Browns drive by sacking Cody Kessler for a 10-yard loss on third down. The sack, Casey's third of the season, gave him 31 career sacks and put him in a tie with Curley Culp for 10th place on the franchise's all-time sack list.


MORGAN RECORDS SACK AGAIN:** In the fourth quarter, outside linebacker Derrick Morgan sacked Cody Kessler for a 10-yard loss, notching his third sack of the season.  The play gave him 30.5 career sacks.

SPENCE NOTCHES FIRST SACK AS A TITAN: In the fourth quarter, linebacker Sean Spence recorded his first sack in a Titans uniform and the third sack of his career, dropping Cody Kessler for a two-yard loss.

WILLIAMSON RECORDS FIRST SACK OF 2016: In the fourth quarter, inside linebacker Avery Williamson recorded his first sack of the season, taking Cody Kessler down for a five-yard loss.  The play gave Williamson 7.5 career sacks.


WOODYARD POSTS FIRST SACK OF THE SEASON:** Inside linebacker Wesley Woodyard was credited with his first sack of the season (16.5 in his career), forcing Browns quarterback Cody Kessler out of bounds for no gain in the first quarter.

McCOURTY PLAYS IN 100TH GAME: Cornerback Jason McCourty appeared in his 100th career game.  The former sixth-round pick, who entered the NFL in 2009, became the 14th player for the franchise to appear in 100 or more regular season games since the franchise became the Titans in 1999.  McCourty became the first cornerback to join the group.

INACTIVES: The seven inactive Titans were cornerback Cody Riggs, safety Curtis Riley, linebacker Aaron Wallace, guard Sebastian Tretola, wide receiver Harry Douglas, tight end Jace Amaro and nose tackle Al Woods.  Riggs (hamstring) and Woods were listed on the injury report leading up to the game.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Cleveland Browns in Week 6 action at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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