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Titans-Chargers Game Notes


FIRST-DRIVE SCORING: The Titans scored a field goal on their opening possession of the game, driving 55 yards on 11 plays. Ryan Succop's 28-yard field goal gave the Titans their fourth game in 2018 with an opening-drive score. They also accomplished the feat at Miami on Sept. 9 (field goal), against Houston on Sept. 16 (touchdown) and against Philadelphia on Sept. 30 (field goal). 

TITANS CONVERT 60 PERCENT ON THIRD DOWN: The Titans converted nine of their 15 attempts on third down for a season-high rate of 60.0 percent. It was the team's highest percentage on third down since converting 60.0 percent (9-of-15) against the Houston Texans on Jan. 1, 2017. 

TIME OF POSSESSION WIN: The Titans won the time-of-possession battle 35:23 to 24:37, marking their second game of 2018 with a time of possession greater than 35 minutes. They also accomplished the feat in an overtime contest against Philadelphia (35:30) on Sept. 30. The performance against the Chargers was their highest time of possession in a non-overtime contest since a 40:09 time of possession against the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 12, 2017. In the first half against the Chargers, the Titans more than doubled the Chargers' time of possession, 21:01 to 8:59. 

TITANS TOTAL 23 FIRST DOWNS: The Titans tallied 23 total first downs—16 on passes and seven on rushing attempts (none on penalties). It was their highest number since accumulating 23 first downs at San Francisco on Dec. 17, 2017. 

TOTAL NET YARDS: The Titans totaled 390 yards (226 net passing, 164 rushing), earning their second-highest total of the season through seven games (397 vs. Philadelphia on Sept. 30).

TITANS RUSH FOR 164: The Titans' 164 rushing yards gave them their highest total since a 198-yard rushing performance against the Houston Texans on Dec. 3, 2017.

SHARPE SETS CAREER HIGH: Third-year wide receiver Tajaé Sharpe led the Titans against the Chargers with seven receptions and 101 receiving yards. He matched his career high for receptions and set a new yardage total. His previous highs were seven catches for 76 yards against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 11, 2016. 

SHARPE CLUTCH ON THIRD DOWN: All seven of Tajaé Sharpe's receptions resulted in first downs. Five of them converted third downs, including receptions of 16, 18, 19, 16 and six yards. 

RUNNING BACKS PRODUCTIVE IN PASSING GAME: Titans running backs Dion Lewis (64 receiving yards) and Derrick Henry (32 receiving yards) combined for 96 yards in the passing game. It was the team's highest total by a group of running backs since Oct. 26, 2014 against the Houston Texans, when Dexter McCluster (39), Bishop Sankey (25) and Leon Washington (40) accumulated 104 receiving yards. Against the Chargers, Henry had a 21-yard reception in the first quarter that led to a field goal, and Lewis' 21-yard reception in the third quarter preceded a touchdown.

LEWIS LEADS THE WAY: Running back Dion Lewis led the team with 91 rushing yards on a team-high 13 attempts. His 91 rushing yards were the sixth-most of his career and the most since a 93-yard rushing performance against the New York Jets on Dec. 31, 2017, when he was a member of the New England Patriots.

LEWIS A THREAT OUT OF THE BACKFIELD: Dion Lewis ranked second on the squad with six receptions and 64 receiving yards against the Chargers. His six receptions tied for the third-highest total in his career, and his 64 receiving yards ranked fourth in his career. 

CAREER HIGH IN SCRIMMAGE YARDS: With 91 rushing yards and 64 receiving yards against the Chargers, Dion Lewis totaled a game-high 155 scrimmage yards. It was the highest total of his career, surpassing the 153 scrimmage yards he had against the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 24, 2017 as a member of the New England Patriots.

DERRICK HENRY REACHES END ZONE: In the third quarter, running back Derrick Henry scored on a one-yard carry. Henry recorded his first touchdown of 2018 and the 11th rushing touchdown of his career.

STOCKER SCORES LATE: Tight end Luke Stocker scored his fourth career touchdown and his first as a member of the Titans. He caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Mariota with 31 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. 

MARIOTA COMPLETES 75 PERCENT: Quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 24 of 32 passes for 237 yards with one touchdown, one interception and a passer rating of 92.8. He tossed a one-yard touchdown pass to Luke Stocker in the fourth quarter. His 75.0 percent completion rate ranked fourth in his career and was his highest mark since Oct. 27, 2016, when he completed 81.8 percent against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He added 38 rushing yards on seven attempts against the Chargers. 

TITANS ALLOW ONLY 47 RUSHING YARDS: The Titans allowed the Chargers to gain only 47 yards on 16 rushing attempts. It was the lowest output by a Titans opponent since the Jacksonville Jaguars had 46 rushing yards on Jan. 1, 2017. 

CASEY, CORREA COMBINE FOR SACK: In the third quarter, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and outside linebacker Kamalei Correa combined to bring quarterback Philip Rivers down for an eight-yard loss. The split sack gave Casey 3.5 sacks in 2018 and 42.5 in his eight-year career. Correa has 2.5 career sacks, all of which have come in 2018.

SACK BY BROWN: In the third quarter, inside linebacker Jayon Brown sacked Philip Rivers for a one-yard loss. It gave the former fifth-round pick three sacks in 2018 and 4.5 in his two-year career.

KERN PASSES BIRONAS IN CONSECUTIVE GAMES: Punter Brett Kern appeared in his 145th game for the Titans, all of which have been played consecutively. Kern was claimed by the Titans off waivers from the Denver Broncos on Oct. 27, 2009 and has played in every contest since then. Also against the Chargers, Kern moved in front of Rob Bironas (144 consecutive games) for the fourth-longest consecutive games streak in franchise history. The only players for the Titans and Oilers with longer streaks are offensive lineman Bruce Matthews (232 consecutive games from 1987–2001), outside linebacker Robert Brazile (147 from 1975–1984) and punter Craig Hentrich (146 from 1998–2007). 

KERN MOVING UP GAMES PLAYED LIST: Brett Kern's 145 games played with the franchise are tied for 14th place all-time. He tied former Oilers defensive back Zeke Moore on the team's all-time list. 

JENNINGS COMES UP BIG ON RETURNS: Darius Jennings matched his career high with five kickoff returns, and he set a new career high with 156 kickoff return yards against the Chargers, averaging 31.2 yards per return. His 156 kickoff return yards made up the highest total by a Titans player since Leon Washington's 209 yards at the Denver Broncos on Dec. 8, 2013.

FIRST START FOR LEVIN: Filling in for injured left guard Quinton Spain (shoulder), second-year offensive lineman Corey Levin recorded his first NFL start.  

OFFENSIVE LINE ROTATION: With Corey Levin starting in place of Quinton Spain, the Titans started their fifth offensive line combination in seven games in 2018. 

FOUR PENALTIES: The Titans were called for four penalties for 32 yards. It marked their fourth time in five games with four penalties, and they have had five or fewer penalties in all but one game in 2018. 

INACTIVES: The Titans' inactive list included cornerback Kenneth Durden, safety Kenny Vaccaro, linebacker Will Compton, guard Quinton Spain, tackle Tyler Marz, outside linebacker Derrick Morgan and defensive end Matt Dickerson. Vaccaro (elbow), Compton (hamstring), Spain (shoulder) and Morgan (shoulder) were listed on the injury report prior to the contest.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 7 of the 2018 season on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 at Wembley Stadium in London. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

The Tennessee Titans prepare to take on the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 7 of the 2018 season on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 at Wembley Stadium in London. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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