Game Notes: Titans vs. Texans

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WALKER REACHES 5,000 YARDS:On a 21-yard reception in the second quarter, tight endDelanie Walker reached the 5,000-yard career receiving mark.  He became the eighth active NFL tight end to accomplish the feat, joiningJason Witten,Antonio Gates,Greg Olsen,Vernon Davis,Jimmy Graham,Rob GronkowskiandBenjamin Watson**.

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WALKER SECOND FRANCHISE TIGHT END TO 300 RECEPTIONS:With his three receptions for a team-high 51 yards,Delanie Walkerreached 300 receptions since joining the Titans as an unrestricted free agent in 2013.  He became the 10th player in franchise history to reach the mark and the first sinceNate Washingtonin 2014.  Only one other tight end—Frank Wycheck** (482)—reached 300 catches with the organization.

MARIOTA RUSHES FOR TWO SCORES: Quarterback Marcus Mariota recorded his first career game with two or more rushing touchdowns.  He reached the end zone twice in the second quarter, first on a 34-yard run.  It was the third-longest rushing attempt of his career behind an 87-yard touchdown run against Jacksonville on Dec. 6, 2015 and a 41-yard run against Cleveland on Oct. 16, 2016.  On the next drive, Mariota scored on a two-yard rushing attempt to become the first Titans quarterback to rush for two touchdowns in a game since Steve McNair at New England on Oct. 5, 2003.  He totaled 39 rushing yards on four attempts against the Texans.  The performance gave him seven career rushing touchdowns and a career high of three in 2017.

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CASEY NOTCHES FIRST SACK:In the second quarter, defensive tackleJurrell Caseyrecorded his first sack of 2017, droppingDeshaun Watson** for a three-yard loss.  The play gave Casey 34 career sacks, which ranks 11th in franchise history.

BYARD'S FIRST CAREER INTERCEPTION: Late in the second quarter, Kevin Byard picked off a Deshaun Watson pass at Tennessee's two-yard line to end a Houston threat.  It was the second-year safety's first career interception and the team's third interception of 2017.

MORGAN PASSES VANDEN BOSCH: In the fourth quarter, outside linebacker Derrick Morgan sacked Texans quarterback Tom Savage for an eight-yard loss.  The play gave Morgan 39.5 career sacks and moved him ahead of former defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (38.5 career sacks) for ninth place on the team's all-time sack list.

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LONG RETURN BY JACKSON:In the fourth quarter, rookieAdoree' Jacksonreturned a kickoff 48 yards.  It was his longest career return through four games and the team's longest kickoff return sinceLeon Washington** recorded a 52-yarder against the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 28, 2014.

ANOTHER STANDOUT PERFORMANCE BY KERN: For the second consecutive week, Brett Kern's net punting average ranked in the top 10 in franchise history for a single game performance (minimum four punts).  Against the Texans, he punted five times for a gross average of 49.2 yards and a net average of 48.4 yards with one punt placed inside the 20.  The net average ranked eighth in franchise history, knocking his previous week's 48.2-yard net average to ninth on the list.  Kern owns seven of the franchise's top 10 single-game net punting averages.

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

The Tennessee Titans take on the Houston Texans in Week 4 action at NRG Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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