Game Notes: Titans vs. Cardinals



DEFENSE TOTALS EIGHT SACKS:** For the second time in a three-week span, the Titans defense totaled eight sacks to tie for the third-highest sack total in franchise history.  The Titans also had eight sacks at Indianapolis on Nov. 26.  The team record is nine sacks, accomplished on two separate occasions: Oct. 14, 1962 against the New York Titans and Oct. 31, 1971 against the Cincinnati Bengals.  There have been five games in franchise history in which the defense has accumulated eight sacks, including the game at Arizona, but before 2017, it had not happened since Nov. 10, 1985 at Buffalo.  Prior to the performance at Arizona, the highest sack total produced by the team in the "Titans era" (1999-present) in a game was seven (eight times), most recently on Dec. 30, 2012 against Jacksonville.

SEVEN DIFFERENT PLAYERS TALLY AT LEAST ONE SACK: The Titans had seven different players account for their eight sacks: defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (two), safety Johnathan Cyprien, linebacker Wesley Woodyard, outside linebacker Erik Walden, defensive lineman David King, inside linebacker Avery Williamson and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo.

THIRD CONSECUTIVE GAME WITH AT LEAST FOUR SACKS: The Titans did not register four sacks in any of their first 10 games.  Since then, they have at least four sacks in three consecutive games.  They totaled eight sacks on Nov. 26 at Indianapolis, four sacks on Dec. 3 against Houston and eight sacks against the Cardinals, giving the team 20 sacks in a three-week span.

TITANS TIED FOR FIFTH IN SACKS: With their eight sacks at Arizona added to their season total, the Titans defense has 37 sacks in 2017.  Through the afternoon games of Dec. 10, the Titans' total tied with the Los Angeles Chargers for fifth in the NFL behind only the Jacksonville Jaguars (47), Los Angeles Rams (40), Carolina Panthers (40), and Pittsburgh Steelers (40).

DEFENSE SHUTS OUT CARDINALS IN FIRST HALF: The score was 7-0 in favor of the Titans after two quarters.  The Titans defense recorded its first shutout in the first half of a game since they led 14-0 at halftime against the Houston Texans in the 2016 finale (Jan. 1, 2017).

CARDINALS KEPT OUT OF END ZONE: For the second time in 2017, the Titans kept an opponent out of the end zone, limiting the Cardinals to four field goals.  They also did not allow a touchdown at Cleveland on Oct. 22.  Prior to that contest, the last time an opponent did not score a touchdown was in a 37-3 win at Miami on Nov. 11, 2012.  In the last 12 quarters, which includes all of the Titans' games at Indianapolis (Nov. 26), against Houston (Dec. 3) and at Arizona, the Titans have allowed two total touchdowns–one each against the Colts and Texans.

DEFENSE LIMITS CARDINALS TO 21 PERCENT ON THIRD DOWN: The Cardinals managed to convert only three of their 14 attempts on third down.  The 21.4 percent rate was the second-lowest of the season allowed by the Titans defense behind Cincinnati's 10.0 percent showing on third down on Nov. 12.

TITANS ALLOW ONLY 125 NET PASSING YARDS: The Titans defense limited the Cardinals to 125 passing yards, the second-lowest total by a Titans opponent in 2017.  Only the Miami Dolphins had fewer with 78 net passing yards on Oct. 8.

NO RED ZONE TOUCHDOWNS: The Cardinals did not score a touchdown on three trips inside the red zone.  In the last three games, Titans opponents have scored only two touchdowns in 10 trips inside Tennessee's 20-yard line.

TITANS LIMIT FITZGERALD: Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had 82 receptions for 878 yards and five touchdowns entering the game.  The Titans defense kept him to four catches for 44 yards.

CASEY LEADS TITANS WITH TWO SACKS: In the second quarter, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey sacked Blaine Gabbert for a seven-yard loss, and he added an eight-yard sack in the fourth quarter.  Casey improved his season totals to five sacks and increased his career total to 38 sacks.  Casey has five consecutive seasons with at least five sacks.

CYPRIEN RECORDS SACK: In the first quarter, safety Johnathan Cyprien sacked Blaine Gabbert for an eight-yard loss.  Cyprien was credited with his first sack of the season and the third sack of his five-year career.

ANOTHER SACK FOR WALDEN: With outside linebacker Derrick Morgan inactive with a knee injury, Erik Walden recorded his first start of the season.  In the first quarter, he dropped Blaine Gabbert for an eight-yard loss to record his fourth sack of the season and his third sack in a four-game span.  The 10th-year veteran has 36 career sacks.

KING ON THE BOARD WITH A SACK: In the second quarter, defensive lineman David King was credited with his first sack of the season, forcing Blaine Gabbert out of bounds for a one-yard loss.  It was the second career solo sack for King, who improved his career total to 2.5 sacks.

WOODYARD RECORDS FOURTH SACK OF 2017: In the third quarter, inside linebacker Wesley Woodyard sacked Blaine Gabbert for an eight-yard loss to notch his fourth sack of 2017.  Woodyard, whose career total improved to 21.5 career sacks, has reached four sacks in a season three times in his 10-year NFL career.

ORAKPO GETS SIXTH SACK OF 2017: In the third quarter, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo took down Blaine Gabbert for a nine-yard loss to record his sixth sack of 2017.  The ninth-year veteran increased his career total to 63.5 sacks.

WILLIAMSON ADDS A LATE SACK: Late in the fourth quarter, inside linebacker Avery Williamson was credited with a four-yard sack to give him two sacks in 2017.  The fourth-year linebacker has 10.5 career sacks.

TITANS HAVE 17 RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS IN 2017: The Titans registered their 17th rushing touchdown of the season.  They rank second in the NFL in the category behind only the New Orleans Saints, who have 19 rushing touchdowns.

WALKER PASSES BENNETT IN YARDS: On an 11-yard catch in the first quarter, tight end Delanie Walker passed former Titans wide receiver Drew Bennett (4,033 career receiving yards) for ninth place on the team's all-time receiving yards list.  Walker's totals with the Titans include 345 receptions for 4,067 yards and 25 touchdowns.

WALKER'S FIFTH CONSECUTIVE SEASON WITH 60 RECEPTIONS: With a team-high five receptions for 42 yards, Delanie Walker improved his season totals to a team-leading 63 receptions and 718 receiving yards.  Walker has five consecutive seasons with at least 60 receptions, becoming only the fourth player and second tight end in franchise history to accomplish the feat.  Walker joined tight end Frank Wycheck (five consecutive seasons) and wide receivers Haywood Jeffires (six) and Derrick Mason (five) as the team's only players to do so.

HENRY SCORES: For the second consecutive week, second-year running back Derrick Henry scored a touchdown.  In the second quarter, he galloped in for a six-yard score.  It was his fifth touchdown of the season, which equaled his rookie total.

BIG CATCH BY DECKER: In the third quarter, wide receiver Eric Decker recorded his longest catch of the season, hauling in a pass from Marcus Mariota for 29 yards.  Decker led the Titans with 56 yards on three receptions.

INACTIVES: The Titans' inactive players were quarterback Brandon Weeden, cornerback Kalan Reed, safety Curtis Riley, guard/center Corey Levin, wide receiver Harry Douglas, tight end Luke Stocker and outside linebacker Derrick Morgan.  Morgan (knee) was listed on the injury report leading up to the game.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Arizona Cardinals in Week 14 at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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