Titans-Colts Game Notes


IN THE RED ZONE: The Titans scored a touchdown on their only trip inside the red zone. In their last three games, which also includes victories over the Cowboys and Patriots, they scored a combined nine touchdowns on 12 possessions inside their opponent's 20-yard line. 

TITANS ON THIRD DOWN: The Titans were 42.9 percent on third downs at Indianapolis, converting on six of their 14 attempts to record their fourth consecutive game over 40 percent on third down. Their four-game totals during that time are 31 conversions on 55 attempts for a rate of 56.4 percent.

MARIOTA RECORDS 50TH START: Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota recorded his 50th career start. He completed 10 of 13 passes for 85 yards with one interception before leaving the contest in the second quarter with an elbow injury.

GABBERT PLAYS FOR FOURTH TIME IN 2018: When Marcus Mariota left the game in the second quarter due to an injury, backup Blaine Gabbert entered the game. It marked the fourth time he played in a contest in 2018 (two starts). He completed 11 of 16 passes for 118 yards with one touchdown and one interception and an 84.9 passer rating. In the fourth quarter, he completed a one-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Tajaé Sharpe, recording his second touchdown pass of the season (46 career).

SMITH SETS CAREER HIGH: Tight end Jonnu Smith led the offense and set a new career high with six receptions, eclipsing his previous high of five receptions at Miami on Oct. 8, 2017. His 44 receiving yards against the Colts tied for the team lead and amounted to the second-highest total of his career. He had 45 receiving yards in the previous game against the Patriots (Nov. 11).

LEWIS HITS 2,000 RUSHING YARDS: Running back Dion Lewis had a team-high 10 carries at Indianapolis for 24 yards and added an eight-yard reception. In the game, he hit the 2,000-yard career rushing mark. His career totals now include 2,004 yards and 11 touchdowns on 451 rushing attempts.

SHARPE SCORES: Third-year wide receiver Tajaé Sharpe caught five passes for 37 yards and one touchdown. In the fourth quarter, he made a leaping grab of a one-yard touchdown pass from Blaine Gabbert. His second touchdown of the season (fourth career) tied his career high from his 2016 rookie season. 

BATSON STARTS: Undrafted rookie wideout Cameron Batson recorded his first NFL start, getting the nod in the offense's three-receiver set. He contributed one reception for five yards and one rushing attempt for one yard in the game. 

KERN SECOND IN CONSECUTIVE GAMES PLAYED: With his 148th consecutive game with the team, punter Brett Kern passed Robert Brazile (147) for second place on the franchise's all-time consecutive games played list. He trails only Bruce Matthews (232) in Titans/Oilers history.

KERN TIES ROOS: With his 148th overall game with the franchise, Brett Kern (147 games with the Titans) passed Robert Brazile (147) and tied Michael Roos (148) for 11th place on the franchise's all-time games played list.

INACTIVES: The Titans' inactive list included wide receiver Taywan Taylor, cornerback Kenneth Durden, running back David Fluellen, linebacker Will Compton, guard Aaron Stinnie, tackle Tyler Marz and defensive end Matt Dickerson. Taylor (foot) and Fluellen (knee) were listed on the injury report prior to the contest.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 11 of the 2018 season on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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