Game Notes: Titans vs. Ravens


ROOKIE TRIO: Quarterback Zach Mettenberger, left tackle Taylor Lewan and running back Bishop Sankey all started against the Ravens.  They became the team's first rookie quarterback/left tackle/running back trio to start a game for the franchise since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. 

YOUTH IN THE LINEUP: In addition to the three members of the 2014 draft class who started on offense—quarterback Zach Mettenberger, left tackle Taylor Lewan and running back Bishop Sankey—three members of the 2013 draft class were in the starting lineup for the offense: wide receiver Justin Hunter, center Brian Schwenke and right guard Chance Warmack.  On defense, rookie inside linebacker Avery Williamson garnered a start, as did second-year cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson.  It meant eight of the club's 14 draft picks from the past two years started the game.


METTENBERGER'S SECOND START:Rookie quarterbackZach Mettenbergerrecorded his second career start in Baltimore.  The sixth-round pick was 16-of-27 passing for 179 yards with one touchdown, one interception and a passer rating of 76.0. He was in the lineup for the second consecutive game afterJake Locker(four starts) andCharlie Whitehurst** (three starts) started the first seven contests of the season. 

METTENBERGER-TO-WASHINGTON TD: In the first quarter, Zach Mettenberger completed a three-yard shovel pass to Leon Washington for a touchdown.  It gave the rookie quarterback three career touchdown passes.  For Washington, it was his third career touchdown reception and his first since he was a member of the New York Jets on Nov. 13, 2008.

SANKEY'S NUMBERS: Rookie running back Bishop Sankey recorded the second start of his career and led the team with 58 rushing yards on 17 carries.  The yardage total was his third best through nine games.  The second-round pick also caught three passes for 19 yards at Baltimore.

KERN CONTINUES HOT STREAK: Brett Kern recorded eight punts against the Ravens, his highest total since Sept. 15, 2013 at Houston.  He averaged 51.8 gross yards per punt, his best effort since Nov. 11, 2012 (52.0; minimum four punts), and his 48.8-yard net average was the third best of his career and the fourth best in team history (minimum four punts).  The feat came one game after putting up similar numbers—six punts for a 51.7-yard gross average and 48.7-yard net average—against the Houston Texans on Oct. 26.  NET PASSING YARDS ALLOWED:The Titans limited the Ravens to 161 net passing yards, the defense's second-lowest total allowed in 2014 (148 vs. Dallas on Sept. 14).  

MORGAN'S SECOND SACK OF 2014: On what turned out to be the final play of the first half, outside linebacker Derrick Morgan dropped Joe Flacco for an eight-yard loss to record his second sack of the season.  The sack gave him 18.5 in his career. 

FIRST-QUARTER LEAD: For the second time in 2014, the Titans took a lead into the second quarter.  They possessed the ball for 12:50 out of the 15 minutes in the opening stanza and led 7-0.  Previously, the only game the Titans led after the first quarter was Oct. 5 against Cleveland (7-0).

INACTIVES: The Titans' seven inactive players were quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, wide receiver Kris Durham, cornerback Brandon Harris, running back Antonio Andrews, tackle Will Svitek, tight end Brett Brackett and defensive lineman Sammie Hill.   

The Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens battle in a Week 10 contest at M&T Bank Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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