Game Notes: Titans vs. Vikings


DEFENDING ADRIAN PETERSON: The Titans defense limited Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to an average of 1.6 yards per rushing attempt. Peterson, who entered the game ranked fourth in NFL history with a career rushing average of 4.9 yards per carry, rushed 19 times against the Titans for 31 yards. He did not have a single run of at least 10 yards. In his career, Peterson had only one previous game with at least 19 carries and an average of 1.6 or fewer yards (1.5-yard average on 21 carries at New Orleans on Oct. 6, 2008).


TWO PENALTIES: ** The Titans were penalized only two times for 10 total yards against Minnesota. The last time they were flagged two or fewer times was Nov. 17, 2014, when they did not commit a penalty against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

FIRST-HALF SHUTOUT: In the first half, the Titans kept the Vikings off the scoreboard. It was the first time the Titans pitched a first-half shutout since Oct. 11, 2015 against Buffalo. Prior to that, the last time was at Carolina on Nov. 13, 2011.

TITANS ON THIRD DOWN: The Titans converted 57.1 percent of their third-down attempts against the Vikings, totaling eight conversions on 14 tries. Since the beginning of the 2013 campaign, the 57.1 percent conversion rate versus the Vikings tied for third in a single game (61.5 vs. Jacksonville on Dec. 6, 2015; 58.3 vs. St. Louis on Nov. 3, 2013; 57.1 vs. Cleveland on Oct. 5, 2014).

ROOKIE RECEIVER STARTS: Fifth-round rookie wide receiver Tajae Sharpe became the team's first rookie wide receiver to start a season opener in the "Titans era" (1999–present). His first catch resulted in 12 yards and a first down during the first series of the game.

SHARPE'S SEVEN RECEPTIONS SECOND BY ROOKIE IN OPENER: Wide receiver Tajae Sharpe totaled seven receptions for 76 yards in the first game of his rookie season. In franchise history, only one rookie—Sid Blanks in 1964—had more receptions in a season opener. On Sept. 12, 1964, Blanks totaled 13 receptions for 131 yards in the season opener at San Diego. Sharpe's 76 receiving yards rank fifth among all franchise rookies in Week 1 debuts, trailing only Blanks, Bill Groman (115 in 1960), Kenny Britt (85 in 2009) and Charlie Hennigan (85 in 1960).

MARIOTA REACHES 3,000 YARDS: With 271 passing yards against the Vikings, the fourth-highest total of his career, second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota became the 17th player in franchise history to reach 3,000 career passing yards. Mariota completed 25 of his 41 attempts with two touchdown passes and one interception. His passer rating was 86.5.


MARIOTA REACHES 20 TD PASSES: ** Quarterback Marcus Mariota completed a six-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to DeMarco Murray to reach 20 touchdown passes for his career. He added a second touchdown pass to Murray in the fourth quarter.

MARIANI RETURNS FIVE KICKOFFS: In his return to Tennessee, where he spent the first four years of his career (2010-13), Marc Mariani totaled five kickoff returns for 118 yards (23.6 avg.) and added a 14-yard punt return. Mariani had not returned five kickoffs in a single game since he was a member of the Chicago Bears against the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 15, 2014. He rejoined the Titans a week prior to the contest against the Vikings.

JOHNSON'S FIRST CATCH AS A TITAN: In the third quarter, wide receiver Andre Johnson recorded a first down on his first reception as a member of the Titans. The play went for 16 yards. Johnson, whose 1,056 career receptions rank eighth all-time in the NFL, added two more receptions and totaled 30 yards on the day.


MURRAY'S FIRST TITANS TOUCHDOWNS: ** In his first game with the Titans, veteran running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 42 yards on 13 carries. He added five receptions for 35 yards, including two touchdown receptions to set a new career high. In the final minute of the first half, he dove across the goal line on a six-yard touchdown reception to mark his first touchdown as a member of the Titans. He added a four-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter to double his previous six-year career total of two touchdown receptions.

HENRY MAKES AN IMPACT IN PASSING GAME: In his first NFL game, second-round rookie Derrick Henry notched two receptions for 41 yards, including a 29-yard catch in the first quarter to help set up a field goal.

THREE IN STARTING BACKFIELD: The Titans started in a three-back formation, with fullback Jalston Fowler and running backs DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. Murray took the handoff on the first play and gained six yards.

SIX HEALTHY INACTIVES: Six of the seven inactive players against the Vikings were healthy scratches: quarterback Alex Tanney, cornerback LeShaun Sims, outside linebacker Aaron Wallace, tight end Jace Amaro and offensive linemen Sebastian Tretola and Josh Kline. The one player who was ruled out due to injury was wide receiver Kendall Wright (hamstring).

TITANS AT NISSAN STADIUM: The Titans began their 18th regular season at Nissan Stadium.  All-time, the team is now 74-63 in the regular season at Nissan Stadium, including a 5-4 record in Kickoff Weekend games at Nissan Stadium.

The Tennessee Titans kick off the 2016 season in Week 1 against the Minnesota Vikings at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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