Titans-Colts Postgame Notes

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TEAM NOTES

·      The Titans earned their fourth consecutive win over the Colts, which is the franchise's longest all-time winning streak in the series.

·      The win improved Tennessee's record to 17-8 against AFC South opponents since Mike Vrabel was hired as head coach in 2018.

·      The victory improved Mike Vrabel's career record to 45-29 as a head coach, including regular season and playoffs. Vrabel passed Jack Pardee (44-35) for the third-highest win total in franchise history behind only Jeff Fisher (147) and Bum Phillips (59).

·      The Titans won their ninth consecutive divisional road game. They have not lost a road game to a division foe since dropping a 20-7 decision at Jacksonville on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. It is the longest such winning streak in franchise history and the second-longest active streak of its kind in the NFL (13 by the Kansas City Chiefs). The Titans became the fifth team since 1997 to put together a streak of nine-plus road wins in division games. The Denver Broncos won 15 straight divisional road contests from 2011 to 2015, followed by the Chiefs' current 13-game streak, a 10-game streak by the Carolina Panthers from 2004 to 2007, and a nine-game streak by the New Orleans Saints from 2018 to 2020.

·      The two players representing the last three NFL rushing titles were on the field. Tennessee's Derrick Henry, the 2019 and 2020 rushing leader, had 22 carries for 114 yards and one touchdown against the Colts. Meanwhile, Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, who won the NFL rushing crown in 2021, was limited by the Titans defense to 42 yards on 20 attempts. The last time the two previous NFL rushing champions shared the same field on opposite teams was at Tennessee on Sept. 11, 2016. On that day, the league's 2015 rushing leader, Adrian Peterson, visited as a member of the Minnesota Vikings against the Titans and DeMarco Murray, who led the league with the Dallas Cowboys in 2014.

·      The Titans won the turnover battle with three takeaways and no giveaways. Their plus-three margin was their best in a game since a plus-four margin against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 12, 2021.

·      The Titans scored 14 points off Colts turnovers.

TEAM NOTES – OFFENSE

·      For the fourth consecutive week to begin the season, the Titans offense scored a touchdown on their first offensive possession. After the Titans defense forced a turnover, the offense drove 32 yards on five plays, culminating with a seven-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to Robert Woods. During the 2021 regular season, the Titans scored a touchdown on their first offensive series a total of two times.

·      The Titans scored on their first four possessions of the game, totaling three touchdowns and a field goal. It was their first time scoring on their first four possessions of a game since they had three touchdowns and a field goal to begin the day against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 24, 2021.

·      The Titans scored touchdowns on all three of their drives in the red zone, improving their streak to eight consecutive touchdowns scored in the red zone. In 10 possessions inside the 20 during the 2022 campaign, the Titans have nine touchdowns and one field goal.

TEAM NOTES – DEFENSE

·      The Titans defense limited the Colts to a 1.7-yard rushing average. They totaled 38 yards on 23 rushing attempts, including 42 yards on 20 carries (2.1-yard avg.) by 2021 NFL rushing champion Jonathan Taylor. It was Taylor's lowest rushing yardage total since he had 12 yards against the Titans as a rookie on Nov. 12, 2020.

·      The 38 rushing yards by the Colts was the lowest total allowed by the Titans defense since the Steelers had 35 rushing yards against the Titans on Dec. 19, 2021.

·      The Colts' 38 rushing yards made up their lowest amount as a team since a 27-yard rushing performance against Tampa Bay on Nov. 29, 2015.

S ANDREW ADAMS

·      Registered his first start in a Titans uniform and his 36th career start. He totaled five tackles.

DL DENICO AUTRY

·      Registered a team-high two sacks with a forced fumble. It was his ninth career game with at least two sacks and his second such performance since joining the Titans in 2021. Autry increased his 2022 total to three sacks and his career total to 42.5 sacks.

·      Forced a turnover in Colts territory in the first quarter. He was credited with a 17-yard sack of Matt Ryan and forced a fumble on the play. The ball was recovered by outside linebacker Bud Dupree and led to a Titans touchdown. It was Autry's third career strip-sack.

·      Added an eight-yard sack in the fourth quarter that helped the Titans preserve a seven-point lead. The third-down play began on the Tennessee 25-yard line, and the Colts missed a field goal on the ensuing play.

K RANDY BULLOCK

·      Made his only field goal attempt, a 44-yarder in the second quarter, and made all three of his extra point attempts.

WR TREYLON BURKS

·      Caught two passes for 14 yards and added a four-yard rushing attempt for a first down before exiting the contest with an injury.

S KEVIN BYARD

·      Posted six tackles and helped limit the Colts to 38 rushing yards.

ILB DYLAN COLE

·      Recorded his second career start and his first start as a member of the Titans.

·      Led the defense with a career-high eight tackles, including a tackle for loss. He helped limit the Colts to 38 rushing yards on 23 attempts.

OLB BUD DUPREE

·      Posted a tackle and a fumble recovery before exiting the game with an injury.

·      Registered a fumble recovery in the first quarter, recovering the ball after it was lost by Matt Ryan. It was his second fumble recovery of 2022, which matched his career high for a season (2019), and the play gave him five career fumble recoveries.

DE MARIO EDWARDS JR.

·      Registered two tackles in his debut with the Titans.

CB KRISTIAN FULTON

·      Recorded his first career fumble recovery, pouncing on the ball after it was fumbled by Jonathan Taylor in the fourth quarter. The takeaway, which occurred in Titans territory, helped the Titans preserve their seven-point lead.

·      Added three tackles and one pass defensed.

RB HASSAN HASKINS

·      Averaged 26.3 yards on four kickoff returns, including a 37-yard kickoff return in the second quarter.

RB DERRICK HENRY

·      Led the team with 114 rushing yards and a touchdown on 22 attempts for an average of 5.2 yards per carry. He added three receptions for 33 yards to give him 147 total scrimmage yards.

·      Registered his 29th career 100-yard rushing game (first of 2022), including regular season and playoffs.

·      Recorded his second consecutive game and his 19th career game with at least 140 scrimmage yards.

·      Gained 22 yards on a screen pass in the first quarter. It was the 100th reception of his career.

·      Reached the end zone on a 19-yard run in the first quarter. It was his third rushing touchdown of the season and his 68th career rushing touchdown. It also gave him 71 career total touchdowns, which is three shy of Eddie George's franchise record (74).

·      On a 12-yard run in the first quarter, he became the fourth player in franchise history to reach 7,000 career rushing yards, joining Eddie George (10,009), Earl Campbell (8,574) and Chris Johnson (7,965).

·      Became the franchise's second player (Earl Campbell) and the 16th NFL player to reach 70 total touchdowns and 7,000 rushing yards within his first seven NFL seasons. The last player to do so was Adrian Peterson in 2013.

·      Registered his third consecutive game with at least one rushing touchdown.

·      Rushed for 99 yards in the first half, which was the sixth-highest total of his career in the first half of a game.

RB DONTRELL HILLIARD

·      Tied for the team lead with four receptions for 18 yards.

C BEN JONES

·      Played and started in his 100th game since he joined the Titans as an unrestricted free agent from Houston in 2016. Among all NFL centers entering Week 4, only Philadelphia's Jason Kelce (100 starts entering Week 4) had as many or more starts than Jones since 2016. Since missing his only game at Carolina on Nov. 3, 2019, Jones has started 44 consecutive games.

ILB DAVID LONG JR.

·      Tied for second place on the defense with seven tackles, including a tackle for loss. He added a pass defensed.

CB ROGER McCREARY

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

TE CHIG OKONKWO

·      Registered his first career start and caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown.

·      Picked up 23 yards in the first quarter on his second career reception.

·      Scored his first career touchdown in the second quarter on an eight-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill.

·      Helped seal the victory with a seven-yard catch on third-and-four with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. It allowed the Titans to kneel on the ball to close out the win.

LB JOE SCHOBERT

·      Made his Titans debut less than a week after joining the team and tied for fourth place on the defense with six tackles. He added a forced fumble.

·      Created a turnover in the fourth quarter to help the Titans preserve their seven-point lead. He forced a fumble on a rushing attempt by Jonathan Taylor, and the ball was recovered by cornerback Kristian Fulton. It was his 11th career forced fumble (first of 2022).

DT JEFFERY SIMMONS

·      Credited with four tackles and helped limit the Colts to 38 rushing yards on 23 attempts.

P RYAN STONEHOUSE

·      Punted four times for a 52.8-yard average and a 47.8-yard net average, including a long punt of 57 yards.

·      Through four career games, averaged 56.2 yards per punt with a net average of 46.9 yards per punt.

QB RYAN TANNEHILL

·      Completed 17 of 21 passes for 137 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

·      His passer rating of 125.6 was his best of the season through four games. It marked the 14th time in his career he posted a passer rating of at least 125.0 (minimum of 20 attempts).

·      Completed a seven-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods in the first quarter and an eight-yard touchdown pass to Chig Okonkwo in the second quarter. It was Tannehill's second game of 2022 with two touchdown passes and his third game of 2022 to account for at least two total touchdowns passing and/or rushing. He increased his total to five touchdown passes in 2022 and improved his career total to 204 touchdown passes.

DT TEAIR TART

·      Registered his first career interception in the first quarter, first batting Matt Ryan's pass into the air and then collecting it for the interception.

·      Became the first Titans defensive lineman with an interception since Sen'Derrick Marks at the New York Giants on Sept. 26, 2010.

OLB RASHAD WEAVER

·      Totaled two tackles and was credited with a three-yard sack and forced fumble in the third quarter. He knocked the ball out of Matt Ryan's hands, but it was recovered by the Colts. It was Weaver's team-leading fourth sack of 2022 (fourth career) and his first career forced fumble.

WR ROBERT WOODS

·      Tied for the team lead with four receptions for 30 yards, including a touchdown catch.

·      Scored his first touchdown in a Titans uniform on a seven-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill in the first quarter. It was his 36th career touchdown reception.

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