Game Notes: Titans vs. Raiders

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TURNOVER BATTLE WON: The Titans won the turnover battle against the Raiders 3-0, intercepting two passes and recovering one fumble.  The Titans are now plus-one in turnovers through three weeks of the preseason.  

INTO THE RED ZONE: The starting offense moved into the red zone on four consecutive drives to begin the game and came away with points on all four occasions—two touchdowns and two field goals.

TIME OF POSSESSION: The Titans won time of possession for the second consecutive week.  Against the Raiders, they controlled the football for 31:01.  In the first half, the Titans offense was on the field for 18:50, as opposed to the Raiders' 11:10.

EIGHT-MINUTE DRIVE: The starting offense for the Titans used the majority of the clock in the second quarter on one drive.  They went 85 yards on 14 plays, taking 8:21 off the clock.  During the 2015 regular season, the offense's lengthiest drive in terms of time was at Cleveland on Sept. 20, when a touchdown drive took 8:07.

MARIOTA PLAYS ALL OF FIRST HALF: Second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota saw his most extensive action of the preseason at Oakland, playing the entire first half.  He was 9-of-16 passing for 170 yards and a passer rating of 93.2, in addition to rushing for 20 yards on three attempts.  This preseason, Mariota is 23-of-31 passing for 319 yards, one touchdown, one interception and a passer rating of 104.1.

MURRAY MAKES MOST OF HIS TIME: Starting running back DeMarco Murray played three series.  He rushed eight times for 40 yards and a touchdown, his second of the preseason.  His 17-yard run in the second quarter put the Titans in position for a field goal.   Murray's preseason totals include 19 rushing attempts for 153 yards (8.1 avg.) and two touchdowns.

FIRST-DRIVE SUCCESS: For the first time in three preseason games, the Titans scored a touchdown on their opening drive, which finished with a DeMarco Murray touchdown run.  They went 81 yards on six plays, taking 2:15 off the clock.   

SHARPE CONTINUES TO SHINE: Rookie wide receiver Tajae Sharpe continued his impressive preseason.  Starting for the third time, he provided the first big play of the game on a 60-yard catch-and-run.  The play led to a Titans touchdown.  Sharpe leads the team with nine receptions and 163 receiving yards this preseason.

HENRY HITS END ZONE: After the two-minute warning in the first half, second-round rookie running back Derrick Henry crossed the end zone on a three-yard run.  It was Henry's second touchdown of the preseason.  The score capped a 14-play drive in which he touched the football 10 times for 44 total yards (nine carries for 36 yards, one reception for eight yards).  Henry accumulated 49 yards on 12 carries (4.1 avg.) against the Raiders, bringing his preseason totals to 27 carries, 154 yards (5.7 avg.) and two touchdowns.

FOURTH-DOWN CONVERSION: With less than three-and-a-half minutes remaining in the first half, the Titans faced a fourth-and-one at the Oakland 15-yard line.  They handed the ball to fullback Jalston Fowler, who got two yards and a first down.  Four plays later, Derrick Henry scored a touchdown.

ANDRE JOHNSON MAKES PRESENCE FELT: Veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson recorded preseason highs and led the team with three receptions and 65 receiving yards.  

FOURTH-DOWN STOPS: With 10 seconds remaining in the first half and the Titans leading 20-14, the Raiders faced a fourth-and-two at the Tennessee eight-yard line.  Rather than taking a field goal opportunity, the Raiders kept their offense on the field.  When Derek Carr's pass sailed incomplete, the Titans took possession and kept the lead going into the half.  Then, in the fourth quarter, the Titans stopped the Raiders on a fourth-and-six near midfield, tackling tight end Ryan O'Malley three yards shy of the first down.

DEFENSE STRONG IN SECOND HALF: In the second half, the Titans defense was on the field for six Oakland possessions.  Those drives ended, in order, with the following: fumble, punt, interception, downs, interception and end of game.  

SPENCE AND BASS COMBINE FOR TAKEAWAY AND TOUCHDOWN: In the third quarter, a pair of Titans linebackers combined to produce a takeaway and touchdown.  After DeAndre Washington caught a pass for the Raiders, he was hit immediately by Sean Spence.  The ball popped loose, and David Bass recovered for the Titans.  Bass raced 47 yards for the team's first defensive score of the preseason.

MR. IRRELEVANT NOTCHES INTERCEPTION: In the fourth quarter, the Titans defense got its second takeaway of the game.  Rookie cornerback Kalan Reed, who was dubbed 2016's "Mr. Irrelevant" after being selected with the last (253rd overall) draft selection, picked off quarterback Matt McGloin at the Tennessee 19-yard line.

RIGGS GETS A PICK: With the Raiders threatening in the fourth quarter, second-year cornerback Cody Riggs recorded the team's second interception of the game, picking off a Connor Cook pass that was intended for wide receiver K.J. Brent at Tennessee's 17-yard line.

CASEY SACK: In the first quarter, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey ended a Raiders drive with an eight-yard sack of Derek Carr.  The sack, Casey's first of the preseason, came on third-and-eight.  Casey also added a tackle for loss in the game.

DODD MAKES DEBUT: After sitting out the first two preseason games with a foot injury, which he suffered early in offseason workouts, rookie outside linebacker Kevin Dodd saw his first live action against the Raiders.  The 33rd-overall selection in the draft entered the game with less than two minutes remaining in the second quarter.  He posted one tackle in the contest.

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