Game Notes: Titans vs. Saints

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TEAM NOTES

·         The Titans scored 28 points, reaching the mark for the fifth time in six games since Nov. 10. In that time period, they are averaging 33.2 points per game, ranking second in the NFL behind the Baltimore Ravens (through the early afternoon games of Dec. 22).

·         The Titans scored four touchdowns, giving the team its sixth game of 2019 with at least four touchdowns. That is the franchise's highest total of four-touchdown games since it had seven such performances in 1988.

·         The Titans offense finished with 397 total yards against the Saints. In a nine-game span since Oct. 20, they are averaging 399.4 yards per contest, ranking third in the NFL behind the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (through the early afternoon games of Dec. 22).

·         The Titans offense had four plays of at least 30 yards: a 49-yard touchdown run by A.J. Brown, a 41-yard touchdown reception by Jonnu Smith, a 36-yard touchdown catch by Tajaé Sharpe and a 34-yard reception by Brown. It was the first time the team totaled four or more scrimmage plays of 30-plus yards since it had five against the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 13, 2016.

·         The Titans defense totaled three sacks, giving the unit its ninth game of the season with three or more sacks. That is the highest number of games by the Titans with at least three sacks since they had nine such games in 2008.

RB DALYN DAWKINS

·         Set career highs with nine rushing attempts and 24 rushing yards. 

·         Recorded carries on four consecutive plays for 26 total yards, including a 14-yard run, during a fourth-quarter touchdown drive.

WR COREY DAVIS

·         Totaled three receptions for 40 yards, including a 22-yard reception in the third quarter.

WR A.J. BROWN

·         Scored on a 49-yard rushing attempt in the first quarter. It was the longest of his three career rushing attempts and his first career rushing touchdown.

·         Posted a 34-yard reception in the fourth quarter to bring his total to 83 scrimmage yards for the game.

·         With one game remaining in the regular season, he leads the team with 48 receptions for 927 yards and seven touchdowns. Among franchise rookies, he ranks third in team history in receiving yards, fifth in receptions and fourth in receiving touchdowns.

·         Tied Eddie George (eight touchdowns in 1996) for the fourth-highest touchdown total by a rookie in franchise history with his eighth touchdown of the season. The only rookies in team annals with more total touchdowns were Earl Campbell (13 in 1978), Chris Johnson (10 in 2008) and Chris Sanders (nine in 1995).

DT JURRELL CASEY

·         Recorded a nine-yard sack of Drew Brees in the second quarter.

·         With his fourth sack of 2019, he became the seventh player in franchise history to reach 50.0 career sacks. Jevon Kearse is the only other player to do so in the "Titans era" (1999–present).

K GREG JOSEPH

·         Made his Titans debut and connected all four of his extra point attempts. He did not attempt a field goal.

RB DION LEWIS

·         Recorded his first start of the season and led the team with a season-high 68 rushing yards on 15 attempts, the latter of which also set a season high. His day included a 17-yard rushing attempt in the third quarter.

·         Added a 19-yard reception to finish the contest with 87 scrimmage yards, his highest total since Nov. 5, 2018 at Dallas (122).

OLB DERICK ROBERSON

·         Recorded his first career sack in the first quarter, dropping Drew Brees for a seven-yard loss. 

·         Added an eight-yard sack in the fourth quarter on third down.

·         Became the first Titans rookie with two or more sacks in a game since linebacker Avery Williamson accomplished the feat as a rookie against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 17, 2014.

WR TAJAÉ SHARPE

·         Led the team with five receptions for 69 yards and two touchdowns. It was his fourth career game with five or more receptions, and his yardage total ranked fourth in his career.

·         Recorded two touchdown receptions for the first time in his four-year career.

·         Scored on a 36-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter and added a seven-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter. His seventh and eighth career touchdown catches gave him a new career benchmark with four touchdown receptions in 2019.

TE JONNU SMITH

·         Totaled 63 yards and one touchdown on three receptions. His yardage totaled tied for the third-highest number of his career.

·         Tied his career high with his third touchdown reception of the season. In the first quarter, he took a pass from Ryan Tannehill 41 yards for his third-longest career reception and his second-longest career touchdown catch.

QB RYAN TANNEHILL

·         Completed 17 of 27 passes for 272 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. His 133.6 passer rating ranked third in his career in a contest in which he qualified with a minimum of 20 attempts.

·         Improved his 2019 passer rating to 116.5 to reclaim the NFL lead from Drew Brees (115.6). Tannehill's season totals include 188 completions on 266 attempts for 2,544 yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions.

·         Produced his 17th career game with three or more touchdown passes. He completed a 41-yard touchdown pass to Jonnu Smith in the first quarter and added a pair of touchdown passes to Tajaé Sharpe, first on a 36-yard play in the third quarter and then a seven-yard play in the fourth stanza.

·         Registered his eighth career game (second of 2019) throwing at least three touchdown passes without being intercepted.

·         Registered his sixth consecutive game with at least two touchdown passes, which is the best streak of his career. His previous best streak was a run of five straight games with at least two touchdown tosses in 2015.

·         Reached 20 touchdown passes on the season for the fourth time in his career and his first time since 2015.

The Tennessee Titans take on the New Orleans Saints in Week 16 of the 2019 season at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donald Page)

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