Game Notes: Titans vs. Seahawks



POINT TOTAL:** The Titans' 86 points in 2017 make up the eighth-highest total in franchise history through the first three weeks of a season and the second-most in the "Titans era" (1999-present).  They scored 89 points in the first three weeks of 2015.  Through the afternoon games of Sept. 24, the Titans' 86 points ranked sixth in the NFL in 2017.

SECOND HALF SCORING: The Titans scored 24 points in the second half against the Seahawks a week after scoring 31 points in the second half at Jacksonville. The team had not scored 24 points in the second half of two consecutive games since 2009, when they scored 24 points at San Francisco (Nov. 8) and against Buffalo (Nov. 15).


THIRD QUARTER SCORING:** The Titans scored 21 points in the third quarter, their highest total in any quarter since a 21-point output against the Packers on Nov. 13, 2016.  Since 1991, the franchise only scored 21 or more points in the third quarter on two prior occasions: Dec. 25, 2000 against the Dallas Cowboys (24 points) and Nov. 27, 2005 against the San Francisco 49ers (21 points).

CONSECUTIVE DRIVE SCORING: In Week 2 at Jacksonville, the Titans scored on six consecutive drives.  In Week 3 against Seattle, they had five consecutive scoring drives from the second quarter to the fourth quarter.  In succession, they ended possessions with a field goal (second quarter), three touchdowns (third quarter) and a field goal (fourth quarter).

TWO-MINUTE OFFENSE IN FIRST HALF: The Titans ran the two-minute offense effectively at the end of the first half against Seattle, as they did in their first two games of the season.  In all three games they scored on a field goal inside the final minute of the first half.   The Titans offense took over at their own 24-yard line with 1:09 on the clock versus Seattle and drove 47 yards on eight plays before Ryan Succop delivered a 47-yard field goal.  On the drive, quarterback Marcus Mariota completed six of his seven passes, with the only incompletion coming on a spike to stop the clock.

TITANS TOTAL 420 YARDS: The Titans' 420 total net yards were the most by the team since netting 446 yards against the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 13, 2016.  The Seahawks defense had not allowed that many yards since Nov. 7, 2016 against the Buffalo Bills (425 net yards).


TITANS RUSH FOR 195:** The Titans' 195 rushing yards made up the NFL's third-highest total through three weeks of 2017 (through the afternoon games of Sept. 24).  It was the team's highest ground total since rushing for 214 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 27, 2016.  The Seahawks defense had not given up 195 rushing yards in a game since Nov. 3, 2013 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (205 yards).

NO TURNOVERS: For the second time in three games in 2017, the Titans did not commit a turnover.  They own a plus-two turnover ratio on the season.

MATTHEWS' SECOND-LONGEST CAREER CATCH: In the third quarter, wide receiver Rishard Matthews turned a screen pass from Marcus Mariota into a 55-yard touchdown reception.  The catch was the second-longest of Matthews' six-year career, behind only a 60-yard reception at Houston on Oct. 2, 2016.  Matthews led the Titans with six receptions and 87 receiving yards.

MARIOTA AGAINST THE NFC: Marcus Mariota completed 20 of 32 passes for 225 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 104.3.  He completed a 55-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Rishard Matthews and a 24-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jonnu Smith.  It was his 11th career game with a passer rating of at least 100.  It also was the sixth time in his eight career games against an NFC opponent in which he recorded a 100-plus passer rating.  Mariota's career interconference passer rating is 119.0 with 233 attempts, 161 completions, 2,020 yards, 20 touchdowns and three interceptions.


MARIOTA'S TWO-TOUCHDOWN GAMES:In 30 career games,Marcus Mariota** has passed for at least two touchdowns 17 times.  The Titans are 10-7 when he does so.

MARIOTA'S TD PASS TO MATTHEWS: Marcus Mariota's 55-yard touchdown pass to Rishard Matthews in the third quarter was Mariota's third-longest career pass.  His two longer passes were a 61-yard touchdown at New Orleans on Nov. 8, 2015 and a 60-yard pass to Matthews at Houston on Oct. 2, 2016.

MARIOTA RESPONDS: In the first quarter, the Seahawks defense limited Marcus Mariota to three completions on 10 pass attempts.  For the final three quarters, he was 17-of-22 for 192 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, amounting to a passer rating of 133.1.

MURRAY SCORES FROM LONG DISTANCE: Running back DeMarco Murray rushed for a 75-yard touchdown in the third quarter.  The run tied for his second-longest career run behind only a 91-yarder as a member of the Dallas Cowboys against the St. Louis Rams on Oct. 23, 2011.  He also had a 75-yard touchdown run with the Titans against the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 13, 2016. Murray's 75-yard run against the Seahawks was the longest rushing attempt against the Seahawks since Sept. 20, 2009.

MURRAY TOPS 100: DeMarco Murray finished the game with 14 carries for 115 yards.  It was his 27th career 100-yard rushing game (including one playoff game) and his sixth with the Titans.


LONG RUN BY HENRY:Second-year running backDerrick Henry** recorded a 25-yard rushing attempt in the third quarter, giving him his longest career run. His previous long was a 22-yarder at Miami on Oct. 9, 2016.  Henry totaled 13 carries for 54 yards in the contest.

SMITH SCORES SECOND TOUCHDOWN IN TWO WEEKS: Rookie tight end Jonnu Smith has two touchdowns in his first three career receptions.  In the third quarter against the Seahawks, he recorded his second touchdown in as many weeks.  Marcus Mariota found him for a 24-yard touchdown connection one week after the third-round pick reached the end zone for the first time in his career on a 32-yard reception at Jacksonville.

WALDEN'S FIRST SACK WITH THE TITANS: In the second quarter, outside linebacker Erik Walden recorded his first sack in a Titans uniform, dropping Russell Wilson for a nine-yard loss.  It was the 10th-year veteran's 33rd career sack.

KERN SETS NEW CAREER HIGH IN AVERAGE: Brett Kern punted six times against the Seahawks for an average of 56.8 yards per punt, which set a new career high for the 10th-year veteran.  His previous high was a 56.0-yard average against the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 23, 2008, when he was a member of the Denver Broncos.  Kern's net average against the Seahawks was 48.2 yards, which ranks eighth in franchise history.


SUCCOP'S STREAK ONE SHY OF NFL RECORD:**Ryan Succop made all four of his field goal attempts.  His attempts were good from 24, 37, 47 and 35 yards.  In doing so, he extended his streak to 45 consecutive field goals made from inside 50 yards, which is the second-longest streak of its kind in NFL history.  The only player with a longer streak is Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant, who made 46 consecutive field goals from inside 50 yards from 2013–2015.

SUCCOP OFF TO HOT START: Ryan Succop made 10 of his 11 field goal attempts in the first three games of 2017, with his only miss coming from 52 yards.  It is the highest number of field goals he has made in the first three games of a season during his nine years in the NFL.  It also ranks as the most by any player in franchise history in the first three weeks of a season, topping Al Del Greco's previous benchmark of eight field goals in the first three weeks of 1996.


KICKOFF TEMPERATURE:** The official game-time temperature against the Seahawks (temperature at opening kickoff) was 88 degrees, making it the second-hottest home game since the Titans moved into Nissan Stadium in 1999.  The hottest kickoff temperature in Nissan Stadium history was 89 degrees against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 25, 2016.  Prior to that, the record was 87 degrees against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 19, 2010.  The kickoff temperature against the Seahawks also tied for the Titans' second-hottest kickoff temperature overall (home and away) since the start of the 1999 campaign.  There have been four other 88-degree road games: Sept. 17, 2006 at San Diego; Sept. 24, 2006 at Miami; Sept. 14, 2008 at Cincinnati; and Oct. 9 2016 at Miami.

INACTIVES: The Titans' inactive players were cornerback Kalan Reed, safety Johnathan Cyprien, outside linebacker Josh Carraway, linebacker Nate Palmer, offensive lineman Corey Levin, wide receiver Corey Davis and defensive end Karl Klug. Cyprien (hamstring) and Davis (hamstring) were ruled out on the injury report leading up to the game.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3 action at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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