Game Notes: Titans vs. Browns



BYARD NOTCHES THREE INTERCEPTIONS:SafetyKevin Byardtied a single-game franchise record with three interceptions against the Browns. It had only happened eight previous times in team annals. In the final minute of the second quarter, he picked off a pass byDeShone Kizerat the Tennessee seven-yard line to end a threat.  On the Browns' first drive of the second half, he victimized Kizer again.  Then, in the fourth quarter, he intercepted aCody Kesslerpass.  He totaled 60 yards on his interception returns with a long return of 28 yards.  Byard became the first NFL player in 2017 to record three interceptions in a game and the first NFL player to do so since Philadelphia Eagles safetyKurt Colemanat Washington on Oct. 16, 2011.  Byard became the first Titans player to record three interceptions in a game since linebackerKeith Bulluckaccomplished the feat at New Orleans on Monday night, Sept. 24, 2007, and he also became was the first Titans defender to notch at least two interceptions in a game since cornerbackJason McCourty** recorded a pair of interceptions in the 2014 season opener at Kansas City (Sept. 7).


BYARD HAS FIVE TAKEAWAYS IN FOUR WEEKS:With his three interceptions at Cleveland,Kevin Byard** posted his third, fourth and fifth takeaways in a four-week span.  He had an interception at Houston on Oct. 1 and a fumble recovery at Miami on Oct. 8.

MORGAN RECORDS 1.5 SACKS: Outside linebacker Derrick Morgan posted 1.5 sacks in the contest.  He took down quarterback Cody Kessler for a five-yard loss in the fourth quarter, and in overtime, he and Brian Orakpo split a 12-yard sack on third down to force a punt.  The Titans kicked the game-winning field goal on the ensuing drive.  With his performance at Cleveland, Morgan reached 41 career sacks.  He became the ninth player in franchise history to reach 40.0 career sacks.  In the "Titans era" (1999–present), only Morgan and Jevon Kearse (52.0) have accomplished the feat.

DEFENSE KEEPS BROWNS OUT OF END ZONE: The Titans did not allow the Browns to score a touchdown, limiting their hosts to three field goals.  It was the first time a Titans opponent did not score a touchdown since a 37-3 win at Miami on Nov. 11, 2012.  Including the overtime period at Cleveland, the Titans allowed three total touchdowns in a 12-quarter span, dating back to Oct. 8 at Miami.

DEFENSE ON THIRD DOWN: The Titans defense limited the Browns to 23 percent on third down.  The Browns converted three times on 13 attempts.  The Titans, who held the Colts to 22 percent on third down in the previous game (two conversions on nine attempts), held their opponents under 25 percent on third down in consecutive games for the first time in seven years.  The last time was the first two weeks of the 2010 campaign, when they held the Raiders to 21 percent (Sept. 12) and the Steelers to 13 percent (Sept. 19).


PASSING DEFENSE:Browns quarterbacksDeShone Kizer(36.2 passer rating) andCody Kessler** (50.5) combined for a passer rating of 42.1.  It was the lowest team passer rating by a Titans opponent since a 30.2 rating by the New York Jets on Dec. 17, 2012.

RUSHING DEFENSE: The Titans limited their opponents to a season-low total of 66 rushing yards on 26 carries, an average of 2.5 yards per carry.

TITANS SCORE ON FIRST DRIVE AGAIN: The Titans scored on their opening drive for the second consecutive week, driving 45 yards on 11 plays and using more than six minutes before Ryan Succop made a 43-yard field goal.  They had a field goal on their first drive six days earlier against Indianapolis.  The Titans have scored on their opening possession three times in 2017.  They also had a touchdown to open the season against the Raiders on Sept. 10.

WALKER NINTH IN FRANCHISE HISTORY: Tight end Delanie Walker led the Titans with seven receptions and 63 receiving yards.  He now has 314 career catches in his time with the Titans.  With his first reception of the game, he moved into sole possession of ninth place on the team's all-time receptions list, passing former Titans wide receiver Nate Washington (307).

MURRAY SIXTH ACTIVE PLAYER TO 6,000/2,000: On his second reception of the game, running back DeMarco Murray hit the 2,000-yard career receiving mark.  Murray, who has rushed for nearly 7,000 career yards, became only the sixth active NFL player with at least 6,000 rushing yards and 2,000 receiving yards.  He joined Frank Gore, Matt Forte, LeSean McCoy, Marshawn Lynch and Jamaal Charlesas the only active players to do so.


MARIOTA CREDITED WITH ANOTHER GAME-WINNING DRIVE:With the game-winning drive in overtime at Cleveland, which included a key eight-yard pass toRishard Matthewson third-and-two,Marcus Mariota** was credited with his sixth career career game-winning drive in 33 career starts.  He accomplished the feat the previous week against the Indianapolis Colts.

AN NFL FIRST SINCE 2006: Ryan Succop accomplished a rare feat against the Browns.  He became the first player to score all of his team's points in an overtime win since Denver Broncos kicker Jason Elam on Sept. 17, 2006, when Elam scored all nine of Denver's points in a 9-6 overtime win against the Kansas City Chiefs.

GAME-WINNER BY SUCCOP: With his 47-yard field goal in overtime, Ryan Succop delivered his seventh career game-winning field goal and his second as a member of the Titans

SUCCOP EXTENDS STREAK: Ryan Succop extended his NFL-record streak for consecutive made field goals from inside 50 yards.  He booted a 43-yard field goal in the first quarter, a 23-yard field goal in the second quarter, a 46-yarder in the fourth quarter  and a 47-yarder in overtime to push his streak to 55 consecutive field goals from inside 50 yards, a streak that dates back to 2014. On Oct. 16, Succop broke the previous NFL record of 46, set by Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant from 2013–2015.


SUCCOP HITS 16 CONSECUTIVE OVERALL:Before missing a 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter,Ryan Succop** extended his streak to 16 consecutive made field goals from all distances.  The streak ranked eighth in franchise history.  Succop owns three of the franchise's top 10 such streaks.

SUCCOP NINTH IN TEAM HISTORY IN SCORING: With his 12 points at Cleveland, Ryan Succop reached 334 points as a member of the Titans.  He passed former Oilers kicker Skip Butler (332) for ninth place on the franchise's all-time scoring list.

KLUG APPEARS IN 100TH GAME: Defensive lineman Karl Klug participated in his 100th career game.  The seventh-year veteran has missed only three games since he was drafted in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

KERN MOVES PAST EDDIE GEORGE: Punter Brett Kern played in his 129th consecutive game with the Titans, and in doing so, he moved past Eddie George (128) for eighth place on the team's all-time record list for most consecutive games played with the club.  He has appeared in every contest since the Titans claimed him off waivers from the Denver Broncos on Oct. 27, 2009.

OVERTIME WIN: The Titans went to overtime for the first time since Nov. 8, 2015 at New Orleans.  That was the first game Mike Mularkey served as the interim head coach of the team, which the Titans won 34-28.  The club is 9-8 in overtime contests in the regular season during the "Titans era" (1999-present).

150TH WIN: The win at Cleveland was the team's 150th win in the regular season during the club's "Titans era" (1999–present).

INACTIVES: The Titans' inactive players were wide receiver Darius Jennings, cornerback Kalan Reed, safety Johnathan Cyprien, offensive lineman Corey Levin, wide receiver Corey Davis, outside linebacker Kevin Dodd and defensive end David King.  Cyprien (hamstring) and Davis (hamstring) were on the injury report leading up to the game.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Cleveland Browns in Week 7 at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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