Game Notes: Titans vs. Ravens



CLOSE WIN:** With their 23-20 victory over the Ravens, the Titans earned their second consecutive three-point win.  They won 12-9 at Cleveland on Oct. 22.  They moved to 6-0 since the beginning of the 2016 season in games decided by three or fewer points, including 2-0 in 2017 and 4-0 in 2016.  The Titans and Steelers (2-0) are the only NFL teams to not lose such a game in that period.

MARIOTA RANKED EIGHTH SINCE 1991 OVER FIRST 1,000 CAREER ATTEMPTS: In the first quarter, Marcus Mariota attempted the 1,000th pass of his three-year career.  On his first 1,000 attempts, he had 619 completions for 7,571 yards with 49 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.  Since 1991, among all quarterbacks attempting their first 1,000 career passes, Mariota's 92.0 passer rating ranked eighth behind only Kurt Warner (105.3), Russell Wilson (99.8), Aaron Rodgers (96.8), Tony Romo (96.7), Nick Foles (94.1), Chad Pennington (93.7) and Colin Kaepernick (92.1).

MARIOTA RECORDS PASSER RATING OF 100: Marcus Mariota completed 19 of 28 passes for 218 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.  His passer rating was 100.0, giving him his 12th career performance in 34 starts with a passer rating of at least 100.0.  The Titans are 11-1 on those occasions.


MARIOTA REACHES 50 TOUCHDOWN PASSES:With a 16-yard touchdown pass toRishard Matthewsin the first quarter,Marcus Mariotareached 50 career touchdown passes. He did so in his 34th career game, which ranks second in franchise history behind onlyGeorge Blanda**, who threw his 50th touchdown pass with the club in his 26th game.

MARIOTA IN THE RED ZONE: With a 16-yard touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews in the first quarter and an 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Eric Decker in the fourth quarter, Marcus Mariota recorded his 34th and 35th career touchdown passes inside the red zone without throwing an interception inside the red zone.

MATTHEWS REACHES 200 CAREER CATCHES: On the first offensive play of the game, wide receiver Rishard Matthews caught a 29-yard pass from Marcus Mariota.  The reception was the 200th of Matthews' career.

MATTHEWS HAULS IN TD: Rishard Matthews totaled 70 yards and a touchdown on four receptions during the game. He recorded his second touchdown reception of the season and the 19th touchdown reception of his career on a 16-yard pass from Marcus Mariota in the first quarter.


HENRY FINDS END ZONE:In the second quarter,Derrick Henry** reached the end zone on a one-yard run.  He recorded his third touchdown run of the season and the eighth of his two-year career.

DECKER SCORES FIRST TD AS A TITAN: Eric Decker scored his first touchdown in a Titans uniform, hauling in an 11-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that proved to be the difference in a 23-20 victory.  It was Decker's 53rd career touchdown.

GAME 50 FOR LEWAN: Left tackle Taylor Lewan, a first-round pick in 2014, played in his 50th NFL game.


FIRST CAREER RUSH BY JACKSON:In the first quarter, rookie cornerbackAdoree' Jackson** played his first career offensive snap.  He lined up in the backfield and took a handoff for 20 yards.  The first-round pick rushed 15 times for 92 yards during his college career at USC.

BYARD DOES IT AGAIN … AND AGAIN: In the first quarter, safety Kevin Byard picked off a Joe Flacco pass and returned the ball 33 yards to set up a touchdown on the ensuing drive.  In the third quarter, he picked off another pass by Flacco to give him two interceptions in the game and five over a two-game span.  His effort gave him seven total takeaways in 2017, including six interceptions and one fumble recovery.  He became the first Titans player to record six interceptions in a season since safety Michael Griffin in 2008.


BYARD FIFTH PLAYER SINCE MERGER WITH FIVE INTERCEPTIONS OVER TWO GAMES:With three interceptions at Cleveland on Oct. 22 and two interceptions against the Ravens,Kevin Byardbecame the first player in franchise history to record five interceptions in a two-game span.  The last NFL player to accomplish the feat was Washington Redskins cornerbackDeAngelo Hallin 2010. On Oct. 24, 2010, Hall intercepted four passes at Chicago, and seven days later at Detroit, Hall picked off another pass. Byard became only the fifth player since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger with five interceptions over two games.  In addition to Byard and Hall, the others were Patriots cornerbackMike Haynesin 1976, Packers cornerbackWillie Buchanonin 1978 and Chiefs cornerbackAlbert Lewis** in 1985.

CASEY RECORDS SACK: On the last play of the first quarter, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey dropped Joe Flacco for a five-yard sack.  It gave Casey, who also recorded his 100th career start in the game, three sacks in 2017.  His 36 career sacks rank 11th in franchise history.


KLUG, MORGAN SHARE SACK:Late in the second quarter, defensive endKarl Klugand outside linebackerDerrick Morgancombined to sackJoe Flacco** for a four-yard loss on third down to force a punt.  The play marked Klug's first half-sack of the season (20.5 career), and it gave Morgan a team-high five sacks in 2017.  Morgan's 41.5 career sacks rank ninth in franchise history.  Morgan notched 1.5 sacks in the previous game at Cleveland.

STOP ON FOURTH DOWN: On the first play of the fourth quarter, the Ravens faced a fourth-and-one at the Tennessee 17-yard line.  They handed the ball to running back Javorius Allen, who was stood up by the defense for no gain.  The Ravens challenged the spot, but the play stood as called on the field.  Previously in 2017, the Ravens offense had not been stopped by a defense on third-and-one or fourth-and-one on seven total attempts.

FOUR TOUCHDOWNS ALLOWED IN FOUR GAMES: With Baltimore's two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the Titans defense gave up a total of four touchdowns to opposing offenses in a four-game span, excluding touchdowns scored by opposing defenses.  The defense gave up one touchdown at Miami (Oct. 8), one against Indianapolis (Oct. 16), none at Cleveland (Oct. 22) and two against Baltimore.


NO-TOUCHDOWN STREAK ENDS FOR DEFENSE:The Ravens scored their first touchdown on a three-yard touchdown pass fromJoe Flaccoto running backJavorius Allen** in the fourth quarter.  It ended a streak by the Titans defense of 10 consecutive quarters, including overtime, in which the opposing offense did not allow a touchdown, dating back to the last two quarters on Oct. 16 against the Indianapolis Colts (not including a touchdown by the Colts defense) and continuing through overtime at Cleveland (Oct. 22) and the first three quarters against the Ravens.

NO BIG PASSES: For the second time in 2017, the Titans defense did not allow a completion of 20 or more yards.  They previously accomplished the feat at Miami on Oct. 8.  Entering the weekend, the Titans already led the NFL in fewest 20-yard completions by opposing offenses, with only 16 total allowed during the season.

SUCCOP EXTENDS STREAK: With a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter, Ryan Succop extended his NFL-record streak to 56 successful field goals from inside 50 yards, dating back to 2014. Earlier in the season, he broke the previous NFL record of 46, set by Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant from 2013–2015.


SUCCESS IN RED ZONE:** The Titans, who were the NFL's most efficient team in the red zone in 2016 with 72 percent of their opportunities resulting in touchdowns, entered the game at 41 percent in 2017.  They improved to 50 percent on the season (10 touchdowns in 20 drives inside the 20) with a three-for-three performance against the Ravens.

TITANS SCORE ON FIRST DRIVE AGAIN: The Titans scored on their opening drive for the third consecutive game, driving 45 yards on seven plays, including Ryan Succop's 48-yard field goal.  They had a field goal on their first drive two games earlier against Indianapolis and in their last contest at Cleveland.  The Titans have scored on their opening possession four times in 2017.  They also had a touchdown to open the season against the Raiders on Sept. 10.

THREE PENALTIES: The Titans were whistled for a season-low three penalties for 39 yards.  It was their lowest penalty total since committing two infractions at Kansas City on Dec. 18.

INACTIVES: The Titans' inactive players were quarterback Brandon Weeden, wide receiver Darius Jennings, cornerback Kalan Reed, safety Curtis Riley, linebacker Nate Palmer, guard Quinton Spain, and defensive end David King.  Palmer (ankle) and Spain (toe) were on the injury report leading up to the game.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Baltimore Ravens in Week 9 at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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