Titans-Bears Game Notes

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TEAM NOTES

• With their 24-17 win against the Bears, the Titans are 6-2 at the season's midpoint. It marks the sixth time in the Titans era (since 1999) and the first time in 12 years that they have won at least six of their first eight games after previously doing so in 1999 (6-2), 2000 (7-1), 2003 (6-2), 2007 (6-2) and 2008 (8-0).

• The Titans have a 2-0 record against the NFC North in 2020 and five consecutive wins against NFC North teams dating back to 2016.

• The Titans have 24 wins in their 33 most recent home games. Their all-time record at Nissan Stadium, including playoffs, is 101-76.

• After the Titans made several roster moves during the week, five total players made their debuts with the team: cornerback Desmond King II, defensive lineman Teair Tart (first career game), outside linebacker Wyatt Ray (first career game), punter Ryan Allen and long snapper Matt Overton.

• The 77 degree temperature at kickoff made the Titans-Bears game the warmest game played at Nissan Stadium in November or later since the venue opened in 1999. The previous high temperature in November/December/January games was 76 degrees against the Houston Texans on Nov. 10, 2002.

• The paid attendance was 13,871, a season high for the Titans at Nissan Stadium after the amount of tickets made available for the game was increased to 21 percent of capacity, where it is expected to stay for the remainder of the season.

• For the sixth time in eight games in 2020, the Titans won the turnover battle. The Titans did not commit any turnovers, while the defense recovered two fumbles. For the season (through afternoon games of Nov. 8), the Titans lead the NFL with a plus-10 turnover margin.

• The Titans defense produced its best first-half numbers through eight games in yards allowed (105), passing yards allowed (79), rushing yards allowed (26), third-down percentage (0.0), points allowed (0), three-and-out drives forced (three), and first downs allowed (three).

• The Titans defense produced a first-half shutout for the first time since Dec. 16, 2018, when the unit did not allow the Giants to score in the first half at New York.

• The Titans defense limited the Bears to two conversions on 15 attempts on third down—a season best for the Titans of 13.3 percent. It was the lowest percentage by a Titans opponent since the 2019 season opener, when the Browns converted 10.0 percent (one conversion on 10 attempts).

• The Titans defense allowed the Bears to rush for only 56 yards, the lowest total by a Titans opponent since Dec. 16, 2018, when the Titans limited the Giants to 47 rushing yards at New York.

• The Titans defense limited the Bears to 2.8 yards per rushing attempt (56 yards on 20 carries), the lowest rushing average for a Titans opponent since the Los Angeles Chargers averaged 1.9 yards (21 attempts for 39 yards) at Tennessee on Oct. 20, 2019.

• The Titans totaled a season-high three sacks. It was their highest total since a four-sack performance at Houston on Dec. 29, 2019.

P RYAN ALLEN

• Made his Titans debut one day after being signed to the roster.

• Punted eight times for a 50.5-yard gross average and a 40.0-yard net average. His 50.5-yard gross average tied for the 10th-best number of his career, while his eight punts were his most in a game since he had eight punts for the New England Patriots against the New York Jets on Dec. 31, 2017.

• Booted a 60-yard punt out of bounds to flip field position in the first quarter and punted 65 yards from his own end zone in the second quarter. His 65-yarder tied for the fifth-longest punt of his career.

WR CAMERON BATSON

• Registered his first career kickoff return for 23 yards in the fourth quarter. He added a six-yard reception.

CB BREON BORDERS

• Recorded his second career start and his first start in a Titans uniform.

• Ranked second on the defense and set a new career high with nine total tackles.

WR A.J. BROWN

• Registered his seventh career 100-yard receiving game and his second 100-yard performance of 2020. He led the team with four receptions and 101 receiving yards with one touchdown.

• Became the franchise's third player to eclipse 1,500 career receiving yards before his 24th birthday. Born on June 30, 1997, he was 23 years and 131 days old against the Bears. He joined Kenny Britt (22 years, 357 days) and Ernest Givins (23 years, 80 days) as the only Titans/Oilers to reach 1,500 receiving yards before turning 24.

• Registered his fifth consecutive game with at least one touchdown reception. He is the team's first player to do so since Kenny Britt's five-game streak in 2010, and his streak tied for the third-longest streak of its kind in franchise history.

• After recording a 38-yard reception in the first quarter, he posted a 40-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. It was his sixth touchdown of 2020 and his 14th career touchdown catch.

ILB JAYON BROWN

• Dropped Nick Foles for a six-yard sack in the second quarter. It was his first sack of 2020 and gave him 9.5 sacks in his four-year career.

• Forced a turnover in the fourth quarter when he registered his second forced fumble of the season. He knocked the ball out of the hands of wide receiver Anthony Miller, and defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons recovered it for the Titans. The play gave Brown four career forced fumbles.

• Credited with a team-high 10 tackles in the contest.

ILB RASHAAN EVANS

• Split a one-yard sack of Nick Foles with defensive lineman DaQuan Jones in the fourth quarter. The play gave Evans 0.5 sacks in 2020 and three career sacks.

K STEPHEN GOSTKOWSKI

• Made his only field goal attempt from 40 yards and hit all three of his extra point attempts.

RB DERRICK HENRY

• Led the team with 21 rushing attempts for 68 yards, including a 26-yard run on a touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.

• Leads the AFC and ranks second in the NFL (Dalvin Cook, 858) with 843 rushing yards in 2020.

DL DaQUAN JONES

• Split a one-yard sack of Nick Foles with linebacker Rashaan Evans in the fourth quarter. The play gave Jones one sack in 2020 and eight career sacks.

P BRETT KERN

• Did not play in a game for the first time in his career after he was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 7. His consecutive games played streak ended at 199 games, including his career with the Titans and Denver Broncos. Prior to the game, he owned the fourth-longest active consecutive games played streak in the NFL behind only Philip Rivers (232), Sam Koch (231) and Mason Crosby (216).

• His streak with the Titans ended at 177 consecutive games played. It finished as the second-longest streak in franchise history behind Bruce Matthews' 232 consecutive games from 1987 to 2001.

DB JOSHUA KALU

• Credited with a team-high three special teams tackles.

CB DESMOND KING II

• Recorded his first start with the Titans after being acquired during the week leading up to the game in a trade with the Los Angeles Chargers.

• Returned a David Montgomery fumble 63 yards in the third quarter to score his first career fumble return touchdown. It gave him five career touchdowns, which also includes two touchdowns on interceptions and two scores on punt returns. He recorded the Titans' first fumble return for a touchdown since Jayon Brown at Oakland on Dec. 8, 2019.

• Recorded the Titans' longest fumble return since Oct. 13, 2013, when Jason McCourty scored on a 77-yard fumble return at Seattle.

OLB HAROLD LANDRY III

• Dropped Nick Foles for a nine-yard sack in the third quarter to give him 2.5 sacks in 2020 and 16 sacks in his three-year career. Two plays later, he forced an intentional grounding penalty on Foles.

OLB WYATT RAY

• Made his NFL debut as a reserve on defense after being elevated from the practice squad for the game (standard elevation).

WR KALIF RAYMOND

• Returned three punts for a total of 49 yards. His 16.3-yard punt return average was the best of his career in a game with at least three returns. He returned three consecutive punts in the first quarter for 21, 16 and 12 yards, respectively.

DT JEFFERY SIMMONS

• Credited with his first career forced fumble in the third quarter, leading to a Titans touchdown. After he knocked the ball out of the hands of running back David Montgomery, cornerback Desmond King II scooped it up and raced 63 yards for a touchdown.

• Recorded his second fumble recovery of 2020. In the fourth quarter, after Jayon Brown stripped the ball from Anthony Miller, he recovered the ball for the takeaway.

• Registered his first career game with a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. He became the team's first defensive lineman to record a fumble recovery and a forced fumble in the same game since Jurrell Casey at Atlanta on Sept. 29, 2019.

TE JONNU SMITH

• Helped extend the Titans' lead in the fourth quarter with a 30-yard reception and a two-yard touchdown catch on the next play. It gave him six touchdown receptions in 2020 to extend his career high, as well as 14 career touchdown receptions.

• Became the first Titans tight end with at least six touchdown receptions in a season since Delanie Walker (seven) in 2016.

QB RYAN TANNEHILL

• Registered his fifth game of 2020 with a passer rating at or above 100.0. He completed 10 of 21 passes for 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns for a passer rating of 104.9, giving him 13 performances in 18 games as a Titans starter with a passer rating of at least 100.0.

• Reached the 25,000-yard career passing mark during the first quarter.

• Found A.J. Brown for a 38-yard gain in the first quarter and found Brown again for a 40-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

• With a two-yard touchdown pass to Jonnu Smith, he notched his fifth consecutive game with at least two touchdown passes and his seventh two-touchdown performance in 2020. In 18 career starts with the Titans, he has passed for at least two touchdown passes 15 times.

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