Game Notes: Titans vs. Buccaneers



· The victory gave the Titans six consecutive victories over NFC opponents, including every interconference game in Mike Vrabel's coaching tenure (6-0 from 2018-19).

· The Titans recorded their 18th win in their last 24 home games.

· The Titans improved their all-time record against the Buccaneers to 10-2, including an 8-0 home record.

· The Titans were plus-three in turnover margin. They lost one fumble, but they recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pair of passes to give them their highest turnover margin in a game since the season opener at Cleveland (Sept. 8). The Titans are plus-seven in turnover margin in 2019.

· The Titans scored 14 points off turnovers, giving them 45 total points off turnovers in 2019.


· The Titans' 14 points in the first quarter tied for their highest first-quarter output of the season. They also had 14 points in the first quarter at Atlanta on Sept 29.

· The Titans' game-winning drive in the fourth quarter was their longest scoring march of the season. The offense went 90 yards on 12 plays, using 6 minutes and 54 seconds. Their longest previous scoring drive of the season was an 87-yard touchdown drive at Cleveland on Sept. 8.

· For the second consecutive week, the Titans had three possessions in the red zone and scored touchdowns on all three opportunities. They also were perfect in three goal-to-go situations against the Buccaneers. For the season, the Titans have scored 14 touchdowns in 21 total drives into the red zone (66.7 percent) and 11 touchdowns in 12 goal-to-go situations (91.7 percent).


· For the first time in six seasons, the Titans defense had a day in which they recorded three sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. The last time the unit accomplished the feat was Sept. 29, 2013 against the New York Jets (five sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries).

· With cornerbacks Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan recording interceptions, the Titans recorded their first game with multiple interceptions since the season opener at Cleveland on Sept. 8.

· The defense made a crucial fourth-down stop late in the fourth quarter. With two minutes remaining and the Buccaneers driving at the Tennessee 36-yard line, running back Peyton Barber took a handoff but was met by defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and safety Kenny Vaccaro for a one-yard loss.


· Recorded the go-ahead eight-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, his third touchdown of his rookie season. He totaled two receptions for 11 yards in the game.

· His three touchdown receptions are the most by a Titans rookie since 2013, when Justin Hunter totaled four touchdown catches.


· Recorded his second interception of the season and the 13th interception of his career. In the first quarter, he picked off a Jameis Winston pass and returned the ball 23 yards to the Tampa Bay six-yard line. The takeaway resulted in a Titans touchdown on the ensuing possession.


· Notched his second sack of the season. In the second quarter, he dropped Jameis Winston for a five-yard loss on third down.

· Tied Robert Brazilefor seventh place on the franchise's all-time sack chart with his 48th career sack.

· Combined with safety Kenny Vaccaro for a key fourth-down stop late in the game. The duo stuffed running back Peyton Barber for a one-yard loss in Titans territory with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.


· Finished second on the team with 43 receiving yards on three receptions (tied for second).

· Recorded a 23-yard reception to convert a third-and-11 in the third quarter.


· Led the team with 75 rushing yards on 16 attempts. He has recorded at least 75 rushing yards in six of the team's eight games this season.

· Recorded a 34-yard rushing attempt in the first quarter, giving him his longest carry of the season through eight games. The play came with the Titans backed up on their own one-yard line.

· His 75 rushing yards were the most by an individual in 2019 against the Buccaneers, who went into Week 8 with the NFL's top-rated rushing defense.


· Recorded a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on the same play in the fourth quarter. With the Titans trying to preserve a three-point lead in the final seven minutes of the contest, he stripped the ball from Jameis Winston and then recovered the ball. It marked the first time in his career he notched a strip-sack and fumble recovery on the same play.

· With his fifth sack of 2019, he surpassed the 4.5 sacks he had during his rookie season in 2018.


· Recorded his first career fumble recovery. In the first quarter, he dove on the ball after it was lost by quarterback Jameis Winston. The takeaway led to a Titans touchdown on the ensuing series.


· Connected on both of his field goal attempts (51 and 42 yards) and all three of his extra point attempts.

· Booted a 51-yard field goal in the second quarter. It gave him eight successful field goals on 10 career attempts from 50-plus yards.


· Made his Titans debut and recorded a 45-yard kickoff return to set a new career long (previous long of 40 yards). The return led to a Titans field goal.


· Cemented the victory with an interception in the final 30 seconds of the fourth quarter. He picked off a Jameis Winston pass that was intended for wide receiver Breshad Perriman, registering his third interception of 2019 and his 16th career interception.

· Tallied a sack in the second quarter, which gave him 3.5 sacks in 2019 and 10 sacks in his NFL career.

· His 7.5 sacks since the beginning of the 2018 season are the most in the NFL among defensive backs.

· Registered his second career game and his second game of 2019 (Sept. 8 at Cleveland) with at least one sack and at least one interception. He became the first NFL player in 2019 to do so in multiple games.


· Recorded his second consecutive game with a touchdown reception. In the first quarter, he connected with Ryan Tannehill on a six-yard touchdown pass, which gave Sharpe his second touchdown of 2019 and the sixth touchdown of his career. It gave him touchdowns in back-to-back games for the second time in his career.


· Recorded his first career start a week after making his NFL debut.


· Totaled 78 yards and a touchdown on six receptions, setting a career high in receiving yards for the second consecutive week. In the previous week against the Los Angeles Chargers, he had 64 receiving yards.

· Tied his career high with six receptions, matching the six receptions he had at Indianapolis on Nov. 18, 2018.

· Tallied his first touchdown reception of the season. In the first quarter, he caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to notch his sixth career touchdown catch.

· Registered a 26-yard reception in the second quarter and a 20-yard catch in the fourth quarter.


· In his second start with the Titans, completed 21 of 33 passes for 193 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.

· His 109.8 passer rating gave him consecutive passer ratings above 100.0 in his first two starts of the season. He has authored 24 career games with a passer rating of at least 100.0 with a record of 20-4 in such outings.

· Completed touchdown passes in the first quarter of five yards to tight end Jonnu Smith and six yards to wide receiver Tajaé Sharpe. In the fourth quarter, he connected with wide receiver A.J. Brown for a game-winning eight-yard touchdown pass. It gave him five touchdown passes in 2019 and 128 career touchdown passes.

· Credited with a game-winning drive for the second consecutive week, recording the 15th game-winning drive of his career. He led the team on a 90-yard march in the fourth quarter that culminated with his game-winning touchdown pass to A.J. Brown.

· Recorded his seventh career game with at least three touchdowns and no interceptions. His teams are 7-0 when he accomplishes the feat.


· Combined with defensive tackle Jurrell Casey for a key fourth-down stop late in the game. The duo stuffed running back Peyton Barber for a one-yard loss in Titans territory with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 8 of the 2019 season at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donald Page)

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