Game Notes: Titans vs. Dolphins



CASSEL STARTS:WithMarcus Mariotainactive due to a hamstring injury, quarterbackMatt Casselrecorded his 81st career start and his second since joining the Titans in 2016.  The 13th-year veteran completed 21 of 32 passes for 141 yards.  He tossed his first touchdown pass of the season (104th career) for 11 yards to tight endPhillip Supernaw**.

DECKER PLAYS IN 100TH GAME: Wide receiver Eric Decker participated in his 100th career game in the regular season.  Against the Dolphins, he caught four passes for 34 yards.

DECKER HITS 400: On his third reception of the game, a seven-yard grab, wide receiver Eric Decker recorded his 400th career reception. He became the 30th active NFL player to reach the mark. The eighth-year receiver's career statistics include 401 receptions for 5,391 yards and 52 touchdowns.


FIRST CAREER TOUCHDOWN FOR SUPERNAW:Tight endPhillip Supernawscored his first career touchdown in the third quarter.  The fourth-year tight end scored on an 11-yard pass fromMatt Cassel**. Supernaw tied his career high with two receptions in the game and had 16 total receiving yards.

MURRAY'S STREAK ENDS: Running back DeMarco Murray was credited with a lost fumble in the first quarter.  He had not lost a fumble since the 2016 season opener against Minnesota (Sept. 11, 2016) and had recorded 325 consecutive rushing attempts without losing a fumble.

BYARD'S SECOND CONSECUTIVE GAME WITH TAKEAWAY: For the second consecutive week, second-year safety Kevin Byard came up with a takeaway.  In the second quarter, rookie cornerback Adoree' Jackson recorded his first career forced fumble on a rushing attempt by Jay Ajayi.  Byard picked up the ball and returned it six yards to help set up a field goal on the ensuing drive.  In the previous game at Houston, Byard recorded his first career interception.


FIRST CAREER INTERCEPTION BY SMITH:In the second quarter, second-year cornerbackTye Smithrecorded his first career interception, picking off a tippedJay Cutlerpass to tight endAnthony Fasano**.  It was the team's fourth interception of the season. Smith joined the Titans as a free agent during the 2017 offseason.

FIRST-HALF DEFENSE: In the first half, the Titans defense allowed only two first downs and 62 total yards.  The unit also forced two turnovers.   It was the first time a Titans opponent recorded two or fewer first downs in the first half a game since the Houston Texans on Oct. 21, 2007.  Since the beginning of the 1999 season, it marked only the fifth time the Titans defense held an opponent under 65 yards and under three total first downs in a first half.

CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A SACK BY CASEY: For the second consecutive week, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey recorded a sack.  He dropped Jay Cutler for a 14-yard loss in the fourth quarter.  Casey has two sacks in 2017 and ranks 11th in franchise history with 35 career sacks.

DEFENSE ALLOWS 12 FIRST DOWNS: The Titans defense allowed the Dolphins only 12 total first downs.  It was the lowest total by a Titans opponent since the Dolphins produced only eight first downs on Oct. 9, 2016.


DEFENSE ALLOWS 78 NET YARDS PASSING:** The Titans defense limited the Dolphins to 78 net yards passing.  The Dolphins were 12-of-27 passing for 92 gross yards and were sacked once for 14 yards.  The 78 net yards made up the lowest total by a Titans opponent since Sept. 19, 2010, when the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Titans despite only 21 net yards passing.

KERN SETS SINGLE-GAME FRANCHISE RECORD: Brett Kern punted 10 times for 549 yards with no blocks and no touchbacks, averaging 54.9 yards per attempt.  The Dolphins returned seven of the punts for 47 total yards. Kern's net punting average of 50.2 set a career high and set the franchise's single-game record, topping Greg Montgomery's previous mark of a 49.8-yard net average against the San Diego Chargers on Sept. 19, 1993 (statistic tracked since 1976).  In a three-week span, Kern recorded the highest single-game net average in team history, the 10th-highest single-game net average (48.2 against Seattle on Sept. 24) and the ninth-highest single-game net average (48.4 at Houston on Oct. 1). Kern's 50.2-yard net punting average at Miami was the best in the NFL in 2017 through the early afternoon games of Oct. 8.

KERN TIES CAREER HIGH IN PUNTS: Brett Kern tied his career high with 10 punts.  He reached the mark on one prior occasion—Dec. 17, 2012 against the New York Jets. It was only the 14th time in franchise history a player had 10 or more punts in a game.

KERN AND SIMS PIN DOLPHINS: In the first quarter, Brett Kern delivered a 48-yard punt.  The ball took one bounce and was downed by Leshaun Sims at Miami's three-yard line.   Kern placed a season-high four punts inside the 20 against the Dolphins.

70-YARD PUNT: In the third quarter, the Titans were backed up at their own one-yard line.  Brett Kern unleashed a 70-yard punt, booting his longest punt since a 70-yarder at Houston on Oct. 2, 2016.

SUCCOP TIES NFL RECORD: With a 45-yard field goal in the second quarter, Ryan Succop registered his 46th consecutive made field goal on attempts under 50 yards, tying the NFL record set by Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant from 2013-2015.  Succop began the streak on Dec. 14, 2014.  The previous franchise record was 24 consecutive field goals under 50 yards, set by Al Del Greco from 1995-1996.

RECORD-HIGH HEAT: The official game-time temperature at Miami (temperature at opening kickoff) was 89 degrees with 67 percent humidity (heat index of 101.2 degrees).  It tied for the hottest game for the team in the "Titans era" (1999-present).  The only other game that was 89 degrees at kickoff was Sept. 25, 2016 against the Oakland Raiders.

INACTIVES: The Titans' inactive players were quarterback Marcus Mariota, wide receiver Darius Jennings, cornerback Kalan Reed, safety Johnathan Cyprien, offensive lineman Corey Levin, wide receiver Corey Davis and outside linebacker Kevin Dodd. Mariota (hamstring), Cyprien (hamstring) and Davis (hamstring) were 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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