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Game Notes: Titans vs. Dolphins


NO SACKS, NO INTERCEPTIONS, 200 RUSHING YARDS: For the seventh time in franchise history, the Titans did not allow a sack, did not throw an interception and recorded 200 or more rushing yards in a game.  The last time they accomplished the feat was Nov. 23, 2009 against Houston.


TITANS RUSH FOR 235:** The Titans totaled 41 rushing attempts for 235 yards at Miami.  DeMarco Murray led the way with 121 rushing yards, followed by Marcus Mariota's 60 yards and Derrick Henry's 54 yards.  The team total tied for its seventh-highest rushing output since the start of the 1999 season and the highest since Nov. 1, 2009 (305 yards vs. Jacksonville).  In 2016, no NFL team rushed for 235 yards in a game in the first four weeks of the season.

FIRST-HALF RUSHING: The Titans rushed for 166 yards in the first half, led by DeMarco Murray with 78 yards.  Derrick Henry added 54 yards, and Marcus Mariota had 34.  The first-half rushing total was the team's second-highest in the "Titans era" (1999-present) and the highest since Nov. 27, 2008 at Detroit (191).

NO SACKS ALLOWED: The Titans did not allow a sack at Miami.  It marked the first time the team did not allow a sack since Nov. 8, 2015 at New Orleans.


THREE TITANS WITH TWO SACKS:** For the first time in the "Titans era" (1999-present), the Titans had a game in which three players recorded at least two sacks each.  Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey and outside linebackers Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan each notched two sacks against the Dolphins. It also marked the first time since Oct. 12, 2014 against Jacksonville in which the Titans totaled six sacks in a game.  

PENALTIES DOWN: The Titans' penalty numbers were at their lowest level since Week 1.  They were flagged five times for 40 yards at Miami after committing 12, eight and 11 penalties, respectively, in Weeks 2-4.  They were whistled two times in Week 1.

DOLPHINS LIMITED TO EIGHT FIRST DOWNS: The Titans defense limited the Dolphins to eight total first downs (three rushing, five passing).  It marked the seventh time since the start of the 1999 season that a Titans opponent was held to eight or fewer first downs.  The last time was Sept. 19, 2010, when the Steelers totaled seven first downs at Nissan Stadium.


RED ZONE PERFECTION:** The Titans made three trips into the red zone—resulting in three goal-to-go situations—and were successful scoring touchdowns on all three occasions.  

ANOTHER TIME OF POSSESSION WIN: The Titans won time of possession for the fifth time in five games in 2016, tallying a season-best 36:44.  They had the ball for 13 minutes more than the Dolphins (23:16).  Their time of possession at Miami was their highest since Sept. 7, 2014 at Kansas City, when they were on the field for 37:44.

MURRAY RUSHES FOR 121: Running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 121 yards on 27 carries against the Dolphins, notching his 23rd career 100-yard rushing game (including playoffs) and his second with the Titans. It was his second 100-yard rushing game in the past three weeks after hitting the mark against Oakland on Sept. 25 (114 rushing yards). Murray's 121 rushing yards against the Dolphins made up the highest total by a Titans player since Chris Johnson recorded 127 against Houston on Dec. 29, 2013. In the first half alone, Murray carried 13 times for 78 yards.

MARIOTA PASSER RATING: Marcus Mariota completed 20 of 29 passes for 163 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.  He finished with a passer rating of 117.5, the fourth-best of his career.  It was his fifth career game with a passer rating of 100 or above, and the Titans have won all five contests.


FOUR TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS FOR MARIOTA:** For the second time in his career, Marcus Mariota had one rushing touchdown and three passing touchdowns in the same game. He ran for a five-yard score and completed touchdown passes of five yards to Andre Johnson, 20 yards to Delanie Walker and four yards to Rishard Matthews.  It marked the fourth time in 17 career starts he accounted for four total touchdowns, and it was his fifth career game with three or more touchdown passes in a game (first of 2016).

MARIOTA RUSHES FOR 60 AND A SCORE: Second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota rushed for 60 yards on seven attempts at Miami, recording the second-highest rushing total of his career.  It was topped only by his 112 rushing yards against Jacksonville on Dec. 6, 2015.  In the first quarter, he scored his first rushing touchdown of the season and the third of his career, carrying the ball across the goal line from the five-yard line.  

MARIOTA TO JOHNSON FOR SIX: In the second quarter, Marcus Mariota delivered a five-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Andre Johnson.  On the play, Johnson reached 70 career touchdown receptions, including two touchdown catches as a member of the Titans in 2016.

BIG CATCH BY WALKER: Delanie Walker led the Titans with five receptions for 66 yards.  He caught a 29-yard pass in the first quarter, which was his 20th reception of at least 25 yards since the start of the 2014 season.  Only New England's Rob Gronkowski (26 prior to Oct. 9) has more among NFL tight ends in that timespan.


WALKER PASSES CASPER:** With a 20-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, tight end Delanie Walker recorded his second touchdown of the season and the 26th of his career.  It also marked his 18th touchdown in a Titans uniform, which moved him past Dave Casper (17) for fourth in franchise history among tight ends.

MATTHEWS RETURNS TO MIAMI, SCORES: Wide receiver Rishard Matthews had a successful return trip to Miami, where he spent the first four years of his career before signing with the Titans as an unrestricted free agent during the offseason.  Matthews notched four receptions for 32 yards in the win, including a four-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter.  The touchdown was the ninth of his career and his first as a member of the Titans.

LONG RUN FOR HENRY: Rookie Derrick Henry rushed for a 22-yard gain in the second quarter, the longest run of his rookie campaign.

BEST START OF ORAKPO'S CAREER: Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo recorded his fourth consecutive game with at least one sack, producing a pair of sacks in a three-play span in the fourth quarter.  He dropped Ryan Tannehill for a nine-yard loss on first down and posted a 10-yard sack on third down to end the series.  Orakpo recorded his fifth and sixth sacks of the season, bringing his career total to 53 sacks.  Orakpo's previous career high for sacks in the first five games of a season was four sacks in 2010.  Additionally, he became the third player for the franchise to record six or more sacks in the first five games of a season since individual sacks became an official statistic in 1982.  He joined Kyle Vanden Bosch (6.5 in 2005) and William Fuller (6.0 in 1991).  Orakpo's six sacks are tied for third place in the NFL through five weeks. **

MORGAN NOTCHES A PAIR OF SACKS:** In the first quarter, outside linebacker Derrick Morgan recorded his first sack of the season, dropping Ryan Tannehill for a seven-yard loss.  He added a two-yard sack in the third quarter, marking the fourth time in his career he recorded two or more sacks in a single game. His performance at Miami gave him 29.5 career sacks.

CASEY GETS A PAIR OF SACKS: Late in the second quarter, Jurrell Casey recorded his first sack of the season, dropping Ryan Tannehill for a nine-yard loss. In the fourth quarter, he helped end a Miami drive with a five-yard sack on third down.  His performance gave him 30 career sacks.

SECOND CONSECUTIVE GAME WITH INTERCEPTION BY McCOURTY: Early in the third quarter, cornerback Jason McCourty recorded his second interception in as many weeks, taking the ball away from intended receiver DeVante Parker on a Ryan Tannehill pass.  The play gave McCourty two interceptions in 2016 and 13 picks in his career.  


STAFFORD GETS SECOND CAREER INTERCEPTION:** Late in the fourth quarter, safety Daimion Stafford helped seal the victory with his second career interception (first of 2016).  He picked off a Ryan Tannehill pass that was intended for wide receiver Kenny Stills.

SUCCOP GOOD AGAIN: On a 40-yard field goal in the third quarter, Ryan Succop extended his streak to 23 successful field goals from inside 50 yards, dating back to 2014. Al Del Greco holds the franchise record with 24, set from 1995–1996.

INACTIVES: The seven inactive Titans were cornerback Cody Riggs, linebacker Nate Palmer, guard Sebastian Tretola, wide receiver Harry Douglas, tight end Jace Amaro, nose tackle Al Woods and safety Da'Norris Searcy.  Searcy (ankle), Riggs (hamstring), Palmer (knee), Woods (calf) and Amaro (shoulder) were listed on the injury report leading up to the game. 

The Tennessee Titans take on the Miami Dolphins in Week 5 action at Hard Rock Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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