Titans-Broncos Postgame Notes

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TEAM NOTES

·      The Titans improved to 6-3 to remain in first place in the AFC South. It marks the third consecutive season the Titans have been 6-3 or better after nine games.

·      The win gave the Titans two consecutive victories over the Broncos for the first time since 1979–1980 (including playoffs).

·      It was the Titans' third consecutive victory at Nissan Stadium.

·      Cornerback Elijah Molden and wide receiver C.J. Board became the 69th and 70th members of the team to appear in a game in 2022. Entering the week, the Titans' 68 players used tied for the second-highest total in the NFL.

·      Four Titans defenders recorded their first start of the season: linebacker Monty Rice, defensive back Elijah Molden and defensive linemen Kevin Strong and Mario Edwards Jr.

·      With several starters out of the lineup due to injury, only four Titans defenders who started in Week 1 against the New York Giants were on the field to open the game against the Broncos: defensive tackle Teair Tart, linebacker David Long Jr., cornerback Roger McCreary and safety Kevin Byard.

·      The Titans sacked Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson six times. It was the defense's highest sack total in the regular season since Mike Vrabel became head coach in 2018. The last time the unit reached the mark in the regular season was an eight-sack performance at Arizona on Dec. 10, 2017.

·      The Titans defense improved its streak to six consecutive games with three or more sacks. It is the franchise's longest such streak within a season since a six-game run in 1979. It is also the longest active streak of its kind in the NFL.

·      For the third time in four games, the Titans limited their opponent to 10 total points. They have only allowed more than 22 points one time in 2022.

·      The Titans shut out their opponent in the second half for the first time in 2022 and for the first time since not allowing a point in the final two quarters against the Miami Dolphins on Jan. 2, 2022. The Titans allowed the Broncos only 106 total yards in the second half.

·      The Broncos converted only four of their 17 third-down attempts, a rate of 23.5 percent. The Titans entered the week ranked first in the NFL in third-down percentage, and for the season they now have yielded a total of 34 conversions on 122 attempts on third down (27.9 percent).

·      The Titans defense extended its streak to seven consecutive games with an interception. It is the team's longest streak since it had eight straight games with at least one interception in 2010. In 2022, only the New England Patriots (eight games) have a longer active streak than the Titans.

·      For the first time in 2022, the Titans opponent did not run an offensive play in the red zone.

·      For the seventh consecutive game, the Titans defense did not allow the opposing offense to register 100 rushing yards as a team. The Broncos totaled 65 rushing yards on 25 attempts for an average of 2.6 yards per carry.

CB TRE AVERY

·      Led the team with two special teams tackles.

WR C.J. BOARD

·      Saw action for the first time in a Titans uniform and returned four punts for 51 yards (12.8 avg.).

·      Returned a punt 17 yards in the first quarter.

·      Caught a Ryan Stonehouse punt on the coverage unit to down the ball at Denver's six-yard line in the first quarter.

K RANDY BULLOCK

·      Made a 35-yard field goal in the fourth quarter and connected on both of his extra point attempts.

WR TREYLON BURKS

·      Returned to action after missing four games on injured reserve.

·      Totaled 24 yards on three receptions, including a 15-yard grab.

ILB DYLAN COLE

·      Tallied four tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss.

·      Notched his second career sack, taking down Russell Wilson for a nine-yard loss in the fourth quarter. The sack was on third down to end a Broncos drive. It was his first sack since Oct. 1, 2017 as a member of the Houston Texans.

DE MARIO EDWARDS JR.

·      Registered his first start of the season and his first start as a member of the Titans.

·      Totaled four tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss.

·      Recorded his second consecutive game with a sack, dropping Russell Wilson for a nine-yard loss in the first quarter. It gave him 18.5 career sacks.

RB DERRICK HENRY

·      Led the team with 53 rushing yards on 19 carries and added two receptions for 14 yards.

·      Reached 1,000 career receiving yards, joining Eddie George and Chris Johnson as the franchise's only players with 7,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards with the organization.

TE AUSTIN HOOPER

·      Tied for the team lead with five receptions for 41 yards.

·      Converted a third-and-11 with a 17-yard catch in the fourth quarter.

DT NAQUAN JONES

·      Totaled three tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss.

·      Registered his first sack of the season, dropping Russell Wilson for a one-yard loss in the third quarter. It gave him 3.5 career sacks.

ILB DAVID LONG JR.

·      Tied for the team lead with eight tackles.

CB TERRANCE MITCHELL

·      Helped seal the victory with an interception at the goal line in the final 20 seconds of the fourth quarter. It was his first interception in a Titans uniform and the ninth interception of his career.

·      Led the defense with three passes defense and tied for the team lead with eight tackles.

CB ELIJAH MOLDEN

·      Started in his first appearance of 2022.

·      Recorded three tackles, including a tackle for loss, before leaving the game in the second half with an injury.

TE CHIG OKONKWO

·      Posted a 41-yard reception to convert a third-and-four in the fourth quarter.

·      Joined A.J. Brown (three times) as the only Titans players since the beginning of 2011 to have a reception of at least 40 yards in back-to-back games. Okonkwo became the Titans' first tight end to accomplish the feat since at least the beginning of the 2000 campaign.

ILB MONTY RICE

·      Notched his first start of the season.

·      Tied for third place on the defense with seven tackles, including a tackle for loss.

P RYAN STONEHOUSE

·      Punted eight times for a 54.0-yard gross average and a 47.3-yard net average with three punts placed inside the 20.

·      Pinned the Broncos inside their own 10-yard line three times in the first quarter: first on the four-yard line with a 64-yard punt, then on the six-yard line with a 38-yard punt, and finally on the eight-yard line with a 42-yard punt.

·      Booted a 74-yard punt in the second quarter, his longest punt through nine NFL games. It was the Titans' longest punt since Brett Kern's 74-yarder against Cincinnati on Nov. 12, 2017.

DE KEVIN STRONG

·      Registered his second career start and his first as a member of the Titans and registered one tackle.

QB RYAN TANNEHILL

·      Returned to the lineup after missing two contests due to injury. He became the sixth quarterback to register 50 regular-season starts with the organization, joining George Blanda, Dan Pastorini, Warren Moon, Steve McNair and Marcus Mariota.

·      With the victory, he set the record for the most wins by a Titans/Oilers starting quarterback in the first four seasons of a player's career with the organization. He improved his starting record with the Titans to 37-18, including a 35-15 record in the regular season and a 2-3 mark in the postseason. George Blanda won 34 games in the regular season and added a pair of postseason wins for 36 total wins from 1960 to 1963, and no starting quarterback until Tannehill equaled Blanda's totals through four seasons with the club.

·      Completed 19 of 36 passes for 255 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, computing to a 94.1 passer rating. It was the fifth time with a passer rating of 94.0 or greater in his seven starts in 2022.

·      Added two carries for 12 yards, including an 11-yard scramble to help set up a touchdown in the second quarter.

·      Registered his 66th career game with two or more touchdown passes.

·      Completed both touchdown passes to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine. The duo connected on a nine-yard score in the second quarter. and a 63-yarder on a flea-flicker in the third quarter. It was his longest completion since a 75-yard touchdown pass against Detroit on Dec. 20, 2020. He improved his season total to eight touchdown passes and his career total to 207 touchdown passes.

·      Recorded his fourth consecutive start with no interceptions, which tied for the longest streak of his career in a single season (three times, last in 2016).

DE DeMARCUS WALKER

·      Totaled three tackles, including 1.5 sacks.

·      In the fourth quarter, he took down Russell Wilson for a nine-yard sack and split a two-yard sack with Rashad Weaver. It gave him 3.5 sacks in 2022 and 16 sacks in his career.

·      Registered his third consecutive game with at least one sack, marking the first three-game sack streak of his career.

OLB RASHAD WEAVER

·      Totaled two tackles, 1.5 sacks, one pass defensed and one forced fumble

·      Totaled 1.5 sacks on the final defensive series of the game to help seal the victory. He split a two-yard sack of Russell Wilson with DeMarcus Walker, and later in the same drive, he registered his second career strip-sack (ball recovered by Denver). He improved his season and career totals to 5.5 sacks.

WR NICK WESTBROOK-IKHINE

·      Led the team and set career highs with 119 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions (tied for team lead).

·      Registered his second career 100-yard receiving game.

·      Gained 25 yards on a catch in the first quarter.

·      Caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill in the second quarter, capping a drive in which he had three catches for 31 yards.

·      Recorded a career-long 63-yard touchdown pass on a flea-flicker in the third quarter, topping his previous long of 61 yards at Washington on Oct. 9, 2022. It was the team's longest reception since Corey Davis' 75-yard touchdown against Detroit on Dec. 20, 2020.

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