Game Notes: Titans vs. Texans

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WINNING AT HOME:** The win over the Texans gave the Titans nine wins in their last 10 home games, dating back to Oct. 27, 2016 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  The last time the Titans had nine wins in any 10-game span at home was when they won 12 out of 13 home games from 2002 to 2003. 

WINNING IN THE DIVISION: The Titans are 4-1 against AFC South foes in 2017, guaranteeing their first winning record within the division since they went 4-2 in 2008.  The next division game for the Titans is the New Year's Eve regular season finale at Nissan Stadium against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

TITANS IMPROVE TO 8-4: The Titans have won eight of their first 12 games for the first time since going 11-1 to begin 2008.

TITANS FIRST NFL TEAM SINCE 2012 WITH THREE RUNS OF 70-PLUS YARDS: With Derrick Henry's 75-yard touchdown run, the Titans became the first NFL team in 2017 to have at least three runs of 70 or more yards.  Henry rushed for a 72-yard touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 16, and DeMarco Murray scored on a 75-yard run against the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 24. No other NFL team (through the early afternoon games of Dec. 3) has three 60-yard runs in 2017.  The Titans became the first team to record three runs of 70-plus yards since 2012, when the Titans (three by Chris Johnson), Minnesota Vikings (three by Adrian Peterson) and Kansas City Chiefs (three by Jamaal Charles) accomplished the feat.

TITANS RUN FOR 198 YARDS ON SEVENTH-RANKED RUSH DEFENSE: The Texans entered the contest with the NFL's seventh-ranked rushing defense.  The Titans totaled a season-high 198 rushing yards against them, the most allowed by the Texans since the Miami Dolphins rushed for 248 yards on Oct. 25, 2015.  The 198 rushing yards were the most by the Titans in a game since a 214-yard output against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 27, 2016.

MURRAY HITS 7,000: In the second quarter, running back DeMarco Murray reached the 7,000-yard rushing plateau for his career. He became the eighth active NFL player to reach the mark, joining Frank Gore, Adrian Peterson, Matt Forte, Marshawn Lynch, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles and Jonathan Stewart. In seven NFL seasons, Murray has 1,560 career carries for 7,033 yards and 48 touchdowns.

BIG RUN BY MURRAY: In the third quarter, DeMarco Murray took a handoff and ran for 22 yards.  It was Murray's longest run since his 75-yard touchdown run against the Seahawks on Sept. 24. 

HENRY HITS 100: For the second time in 2017 and the second time in his career, running back Derrick Henry topped the 100-yard rushing mark in a game.  He led the team with 109 yards on 11 attempts, including a 75-yard touchdown run.

HENRY SCORES ON 75-YARD RUN: Derrick Henry capped the victory with a 75-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.  It was the longest run of his career, topping his 72-yard touchdown run against the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 16.  Henry became the first Titans player with two or more carries of at least 70 yards in a season since Chris Johnson had three such carries in 2012.

MARIOTA RUSHES FOR A SCORE: Quarterback Marcus Mariota recorded his career-best fifth rushing touchdown of the season and the ninth rushing touchdown of his career.  He scored on a nine-yard run in the second quarter. Through the early afternoon games of Dec. 3, Mariota's five rushing touchdowns in 2017 were tied with Josh McCown, DeShone Kizer, Dak Prescott and Cam Newton for first place in the NFL among quarterbacks.

MARIOTA COMPLETES 10TH TOUCHDOWN PASS OF 2017: Marcus Mariota completed 15 of 23 passes for 150 yards with one touchdown pass and a passer rating of 98.1.  On a 24-yard throw to Delanie Walker in the third quarter, he recorded his 10th touchdown pass of 2017 and the 55th touchdown pass in his three-year career. 

MARIOTA RUSHES AND PASSES FOR A TOUCHDOWN: Marcus Mariota recorded his fifth career game and his second game in 2017 with at least one rushing touchdown and at least one passing touchdown. 

WALKER PASSES WASHINGTON IN CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A CATCH: On his first reception of the day, which went for 11 yards, tight end Delanie Walker extended his streak to 79 consecutive individual games with at least one reception, dating back to his final seven games with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012. It was also his 72nd game as a member of the Titans with at least one catch and put him ahead of former wide receiver Nate Washington (71 consecutive games) for the fifth-longest such streak in franchise history.  Walker trails only tight end Frank Wycheck (99 from 1996–2002) and wide receivers Ernest Givins (82 from 1988–1993), Charlie Hennigan (82 from 1960–1966) and Drew Hill (76 from 1986–1991) on the team's all-time list. 

WALKER SCORES FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEK: Delanie Walker caught a touchdown pass for the second consecutive game.  Late in the third quarter, he scored on a 24-yard pass from Marcus Mariota.  Walker notched his third overall touchdown of 2017 (one rushing and two receiving) and his 33rd career touchdown reception.

WALKER TIES BENNETT IN TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS: Delanie Walker recorded his 25th touchdown reception in a Titans uniform.  In doing so, he tied former Titans wide receiver Drew Bennett (25) for the 10th place on the franchise's all-time list for career touchdown receptions.  

WALKER REACHES 4,000 CAREER YARDS WITH TITANS: With his team-high totals of five receptions for 63 yards, Delanie Walker became the 10th player in franchise history and the second tight end in franchise history to reach 4,000 career receiving yards with the club.  Walker's totals during his time with the Titans include 340 receptions for 4,025 yards and 25 touchdowns.

TITANS ALLOW ONLY 53 RUSHING YARDS: The Titans defense limited the Texans to 53 rushing yards on 22 attempts for an average of 2.4 yards per carry.  The 53 rushing yards by the Texans tied for the lowest total against the Titans in 2017, equaling the output of the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 12. 

RUSHING DEFENSE IN THE LAST EIGHT GAMES: The Titans have not allowed an opponent to exceed 100 team rushing yards in any of their last eight games, accomplishing a rare feat.  The last time the Titans defense kept opponents at 100 or fewer rushing yards for eight consecutive games was 2007, when they opened the season with eight such performances.  The Titans are the only NFL team in 2017 with a streak of eight consecutive games without an opponent rushing for more than 100 yards.  Furthermore, the Titans became only the eighth NFL team in the last 10 seasons (2008–2017) to produce such a streak of eight consecutive games in a single season and the first team to do so since the Detroit Lions in 2014 (11 games).

DEFENSE ALLOWS FIVE RUSHING YARDS IN FIRST HALF: In the first half, the Titans defense allowed five total rushing yards on 10 attempts by the Texans.  It was the lowest amount of rushing yards by a Titans opponent in any first half since Dec. 11, 2011, when the New Orleans Saints managed only four rushing yards in the first half against the Titans.

DEFENSE TOTALS 12 SACKS IN TWO GAMES: The Titans totaled four sacks in their win over the Texans, giving them 12 sacks in a two-game span.  They registered eight sacks in the previous game at the Indianapolis Colts.  Their 12 sacks in two games tied for the most by the defense over any two-game stretch during the "Titans era" (1999-present).  They accomplished the feat five other times, most recently from Oct. 9-16, 2016. 

JONES RECORDS 3.5 SACKS IN TWO WEEKS: In the second quarter, defensive end DaQuan Jones dropped quarterback Tom Savage for a seven-yard loss.  Later in the second stanza, Jones combined with Brian Orakpo on an eight-yard sack.  The two plays gave Jones a career-high 3.5 sacks in 2017—all of which came in the last two games.  The fourth-year defender improved his career total to six sacks. 

ORAKPO SPLITS A PAIR OF SACKS: In the second quarter, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo combined with DaQuan Jones on an eight-yard sack of Tom Savage.  On the final play of the game, Orakpo and outside linebacker Derrick Morgan split a 19-yard sack.  The two plays gave Orakpo, who had 1.5 sacks in the previous game at Indianapolis, a total of five sacks in 2017 and 62.5 sacks in his nine-year career. 

FIRST SACK OF SEASON BY JOHNSON: In the fourth quarter, defensive lineman Austin Johnson took down Tom Savage for no gain to record his first sack of 2017.  Johnson has 1.5 sacks in two NFL seasons. 

MORGAN IMPROVES SEASON TOTAL TO 7.5 SACKS: With a half sack on the final play of the game—a 19-yard takedown shared with Brian Orakpo—outside linebacker Derrick Morgan improved his team-leading season total to 7.5 sacks.  Morgan has at least a half sack in three consecutive games and at least a half sack in five of the last six contests. 

SIMS RECORDS GAME-SAVING INTERCEPTION: With the Titans trying to preserve a four-point lead with less than two minutes remaining in the game, cornerback LeShaun Sims intercepted a pass from Tom Savage that was intended for DeAndre Hopkins in the end zone.  The play was Sims' first interception of 2017 and his second career interception—both of which occurred in Tennessee's end zone (Dec. 18, 2016 at Kansas City). 

SUCCOP HITS 200TH CAREER FIELD GOAL: With a 43-yard field goal in the second quarter, Ryan Succop reached 200 career field goals. He became the 12th active kicker to hit the mark.

SUCCOP EXCEEDS 100 POINTS IN 2017: With his 43-yard field goal in the second quarter, Ryan Succop reached the 100-point mark for the sixth time in his career and for the second consecutive season. He has 104 total points through 12 games.

SUCCOP TIES FRITSCH: Ryan Succop's 43-yard field goal gave him 81 field goals with the franchise.  He tied former Oilers kicker Toni Fritsch (81 field goals from 1977–1981) for fifth place on the franchise's all-time career field goal list.

BEAUTIFUL DAY: The kickoff temperature was 60 degrees with sunny skies, marking only the fifth December or January game ever played at Nissan Stadium with a temperature of at least 60 degrees.  The previous occasions were Dec. 9, 1999 against the Oakland Raiders (61); Dec. 16, 2001 against the Green Bay Packers (62); Jan. 2, 2005 against the Detroit Lions (62); and Dec. 27, 2015 against the Texans (73).

INACTIVES: The Titans' inactive players were quarterback Brandon Weeden, wide receiver Rishard Matthews, cornerback Kalan Reed, safety Curtis Riley, fullback Jalston Fowler, guard/center Corey Levin and defensive end David King.  Matthews (hamstring) was listed on the injury report leading up to the game.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Houston Texans in Week 13 at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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