Game Notes: Titans vs. Colts


SUCCESS ON THIRD DOWN: The Titans converted nine of their 15 chances on third down against the Colts.  Their 60.0 percent conversion rate on third down was their second highest percentage since the start of the 2013 season, trailing only a 61.5 percent output (eight of 13) against Jacksonville on Dec. 6, 2015.

TOUCHDOWN ON OPENING DRIVE: For the second consecutive week, the Titans scored a touchdown on their opening drive of the game.  Following the opening kickoff, they went 78 yards on 10 plays and scored on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota to Taylor Lewan.  The Titans scored on their first drive in the previous game against Cleveland (Oct. 16) after not previously accomplishing the feat since Week 1 of the 2015 campaign.


TITANS TOTAL 26 FIRST DOWNS:** The Titans recorded 26 total first downs against the Colts, accumulating a season high and their most since they had 26 first downs against Jacksonville on Dec. 6, 2015.

RED ZONE PERFECTION: For the third time in three 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 15 touchdowns in 19 trips (78.9 percent).  In total, they have six rushing touchdowns and nine passing touchdowns in the red zone this season.   Marcus Mariota completed two touchdown passes inside the 20, bringing his career totals to 24 touchdown passes with no interceptions in the red zone.

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 12 touchdowns in 13 tries (92.3 percent).

QUARTERLY TOUCHDOWN STREAK: The Titans had a streak of six consecutive quarters with a touchdown and 10 consecutive quarters scoring snapped when they failed to score in the third quarter.

WALKER TIED FOR SECOND IN TOUCHDOWNS AMONG FRANCHISE TIGHT ENDS: In the fourth quarter, tight end Delanie Walker scored on a seven-yard pass from Marcus Mariota.  The touchdown was Walker's third of 2016 and the 27th of his career. It was also his 19th touchdown reception as a member of the Titans, which put him in a tie with Willard Dewveall and Bob McLeod for second place in franchise history among all tight ends.


MURRAY GOES OVER 100: Running backDeMarco Murrayled the team with 25 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown. He added three receptions for 20 yards.  On an 11-yard run in the third quarter, he went over the 100-yard rushing mark for the third time in 2016, tallying his 24th career 100-yard rushing game, including playoffs.  Murray became the first Titans player sinceChris Johnson** in 2012 to record three or more 100-yard rushing games in a single season.

MURRAY RUSHES FOR A SCORE: Late in the first half, running back DeMarco Murray scored on a one-yard carry.  It was his fifth rushing touchdown of the season, his seventh overall touchdown of 2016 (including two receiving) and his 39th career rushing touchdown.

MARIOTA PASSES FOR TWO TOUCHDOWNS: Marcus Mariota completed 22 of 37 passes for 232 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.  He posted a passer rating of 95.8, marking the eighth time in 19 career starts he posted a passer rating of at least 95.0. He completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Lewan in the first quarter and a seven-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker in the fourth quarter, giving him five games in 2016 and 11 games in his career with two or more touchdown passes.

WALKER REACHES 150 GAMES: Tight end Delanie Walker appeared in his 150th career regular season game, 51 of which have occurred as a member of the Titans.  He played in 99 games in the regular season with the San Francisco 49ers prior to joining the Titans in 2013.


TOUCHDOWN RECEPTION BY LEFT TACKLE TAYLOR LEWAN: The Titans scored in the first quarter on a 10-yard pass fromMarcus Mariotato left tackleTaylor Lewan. Lewan was lined up on the play as an eligible receiver and scored the touchdown on his first career reception. He became the first offensive lineman to score a touchdown for the franchise sinceErik Norgardcaught a touchdown pass fromSteve McNair** against the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 27, 1997.

SUCCOP SETS FRANCHISE RECORD: In the fourth quarter, Ryan Succop made his only field goal attempts of the game from 48 and 44 yards.  The two scores extended his streak to 25 consecutive made field goals on attempts inside 50 yards, which broke Al Del Greco's franchise record of 24 straight that was set from 1995–1996.


MORGAN RECORDS SACK FOR THIRD STRAIGHT GAME: Outside linebackerDerrick Morganrecorded his third consecutive game with at least one sack, accomplishing the feat for the first time in his career.  He droppedAndrew Luckfor a six-yard loss in the second quarter and split a six-yard sack withKarl Klug** in the third quarter.  The two plays gave Morgan 4.5 sacks in 2016 and 32 in his career.  All of his sacks this season have come in the last three games, representing the most he has ever had in any three-game span.

KELLY RECORDS SECOND CONSECUTIVE START: For the second consecutive week, the Titans offense started with offensive lineman Dennis Kelly as an extra tight end and used the personnel grouping several times throughout the game.

SCHWENKE ENTERS GAME FOR SPAIN: Fourth-year offensive lineman Brian Schwenke saw his first playing time of the season outside of special teams.  He entered the game at left guard early in the second quarter after starter Quinton Spain exited with a right knee injury.

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 defensive lineman Austin Johnson.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 7 action at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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