Game Notes: Titans vs. Redskins


CLOSE GAMES: Including their 19-17 defeat at Washington, the Titans' last three games have been decided by a total of five points, and their last two losses have been by a combined three points.  They suffered a 29-28 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 5, followed by a 16-14 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 12. 


SACKS AND TAKEAWAYS:** The Titans had three sacks and forced two turnovers against the Redskins.  It was the third time this season they accomplished the feat, having previously done so at Kansas City on Sept. 7 (four sacks, three takeaways) and against Jacksonville on Oct. 12 (six sacks, two takeaways).                                      

NINE CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH TAKEAWAY: With a fumble recovery and an interception at Washington, the Titans recorded their ninth consecutive game with at least one takeaway, dating back to the 2013 season.  It is the third-longest active streak in the NFL, trailing only the Philadelphia Eagles (18) and Green Bay Packers (15). 

STOPS IN THE RED ZONE: For the first time in 2014, the Titans defense did not allow an opponent to score a touchdown in the red zone.  The Redskins, who scored their only touchdown on a 70-yard pass, were inside the Tennessee 20-yard line four times but settled for field goals on each occasion.    

THIRD-DOWN DEFENSE: The Titans defense allowed the Redskins three conversions on 11 third-down attempts.  The 27.3 percent rate was the second best by the Titans defense this season and the lowest since the Chiefs converted 8.3 percent in the Sept. 7 opener.


WHITEHURST RECORDS SECOND CONSECUTIVE START:WithJake Lockerinactive for a second consecutive week due to a thumb injury,Charlie Whitehurstmade his third start of 2014 and the seventh start of his nine-year career. He completed 17 of 26 passes for 160 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.  His passer rating of 91.8 was the highest of his career in a start.  His two touchdown passes tied his career high and included a 14-yard strike toKendall Wrightand a 38-yarder toDerek Hagan**.

WRIGHT GETS TO 2,000: On a 16-yard reception in the fourth quarter, wide receiver Kendall Wright eclipsed 2,000 receiving yards for his career.  He led the Titans with six catches for 68 yards against the Redskins.                                                   

WRIGHT TIES HIGH FOR TOUCHDOWNS IN A SEASON: Kendall Wright gave the Titans a second-quarter lead with a 14-yard touchdown reception.  The play gave Wright his fourth touchdown grab of the season, tying the career high he set as a rookie in 2012.

HAGAN SCORES FOR FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARS: Wide receiver Derek Hagan caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Charlie Whitehurst in the fourth quarter.  The score was Hagan's seventh career touchdown catch and his first since he was a member of the Buffalo Bills against the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 18, 2011.  The 38-yard reception also tied his career long, set initially at Atlanta on Oct. 14, 2012 as a member of the Oakland Raiders.


The Tennessee Titans take the field for a Week 7 game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

SANKEY LEADS TEAM AGAIN:For the second consecutive week, rookieBishop Sankeywas the team's starting tailback due to an injury toShonn Greene**.  In each start, Sankey has led the team in rushing, and his 267 rushing yards in 2014 are a team high.  At Washington, he carried 16 times for 56 yards.

CONSECUTIVE SACKS: The Titans defense recorded sacks on consecutive plays in the fourth quarter.  The first was by nose tackle Sammie Hill, who forced Colt McCoy out of bounds for a one-yard loss to notch his second sack of the season (fifth career).  On the following play, Michael Griffin dropped McCoy for a seven-yard sack, giving the safety five career sacks and two sacks in a season for the first time in his eight-year career. 

INTERCEPTION BY WOODYARD: Inside linebacker Wesley Woodyard recorded his second interception of the season against the Redskins, snaring a Kirk Cousins pass in the second quarter.  The takeaway led to a Titans touchdown on the ensuing possession.  It gave Woodyard seven interceptions in his seven-year career.

WILLIAMSON'S SECOND CONSECUTIVE GAME WITH TAKEAWAY: For the second consecutive week, rookie linebacker Avery Williamson recovered a fumble for the Titans.  Against the Redskins, he recovered a Kirk Cousins fumble in Redskins territory, leading to a Titans field goal.  FORCED FUMBLE BY MORGAN: In the first quarter, Derrick Morgan was credited with his first sack of the season (17.5 career) when he stripped the ball away from Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins(recovered by linebacker Avery Williamson), leading to a game-tying field goal.  It was Morgan's third career forced fumble.

INACTIVES: The Titans' seven inactive players were quarterback Jake Locker, running back Shonn Greene, cornerback Coty Sensabaugh, linebacker Akeem Ayers, tackle Will Svitek, tight end Taylor Thompson and defensive end Ropati Pitoitua.  From the inactive list, all except Svitek and Ayers were on the injury report heading into the contest.

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