Titans-Colts Postgame Notes

211031-final-titans-at-colts

TEAM NOTES

· The win gave the Titans a four-game winning streak. In each season since Mike Vrabel became head coach in 2018, the team has had a winning streak of at least four games.

· The Titans are 6-2 in their first eight games for the second consecutive season. In the "Titans era" (1999–present), the Titans have won six or more of their first eight games a total of seven times (1999, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2020 and 2021).

· The Titans played their league-leading third overtime game of the season and are 2-1 in those contests. Since Mike Vrabel became head coach in 2018, they are 5-1 in overtime games, and their .833 winning percentage in those games is the best in the NFL among clubs with at least three overtime appearances. No other team has won more than three overtime games in that span.

· The Titans improved to 5-0 in 2021 against clubs that advanced to the playoffs in 2020. In addition to two wins over the Colts, they have victories against the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. The Titans are in the middle of a five-game stretch against incumbent postseason qualifiers, as they travel to face the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 7 and then host the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 14.

· The win provided the Titans their third sweep of the Colts since the formation of the AFC South in 2002 (2002 and 2017).

· The win gave the Titans their sixth consecutive division win, dating back to their final three division contests of 2020.

· The Titans are 14-6 on the road since the beginning of the 2019 season.

· The Titans won the turnover battle with three takeaways (two interceptions and one fumble recovery) and two giveaways (two interceptions). It marked the fifth consecutive week they either won the turnover margin (four games) or were even in turnovers (one game). The Titans have now evened their takeaway-giveaway ratio for the season (11 takeaways and 11 turnovers) after beginning the season minus-six in their first three contests.

· The Titans won the time-of-possession battle for the sixth time in eight games in 2021. They had the ball for 34 minutes and 59 seconds (30:58 by the Colts).

· The Titans offense was a combined 10-of-19 on third down and fourth down (52.6 percent) . The unit converted both of its fourth-down attempts and converted eight third-down chances on 17 attempts (47.1 percent).

WR A.J. BROWN

·      Totaled 10 receptions for 155 yards and a touchdown. He tied his career high in receptions (Jan. 3, 2021 at Houston) and set a new career high in receiving yards. Previously, his best yardage total was 153 yards on two separate occasions (Dec. 8, 2019 at Oakland; Oct. 25, 2020 against Pittsburgh).

·      Registered his fourth career game with at least 150 receiving yards and at least one touchdown reception.

·      Recorded a 57-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. It was his seventh touchdown catch of 50-plus yards since entering the NFL in 2019, which leads the NFL. The only player with as many or more overall 50-yard touchdowns (rushing and receiving) in that span is Titans running back Derrick Henry (eight). Brown improved his season total to three touchdown receptions and increased his career total to 22 touchdown receptions.

·      Went over the 150 career reception mark (157) and the 2,500 career receiving yardage mark (2,635).

·      Recorded his 11th career 100-yard receiving game, becoming the only player for the franchise other than Bill Groman (16 games from 1960-61) and Charlie Hennigan (14 games from 1960-62) with at least 11 100-yard receiving games his first three seasons.

·      His 155 receiving yards were the most by a Titans player since Corey Davis had 182 receiving yards against Cleveland on Dec. 6, 2020.

·      Helped set up with game-winning field goal in overtime with a 13-yard reception.

K RANDY BULLOCK

·      Made a 46-yard field goal in the fourth quarter and delivered the game-winning score with a 44-yard field goal in overtime.

·      Registered his sixth career game-winning field goal and his second game-winner in 2021.

·      Also made all four extra point attempts and put all seven of his kickoffs in the end zone (four touchbacks).

S KEVIN BYARD

·      Totaled four tackles, one interception and three passes defensed.

·      Set up the game-winning scoring drive in overtime by intercepting a Carson Wentz pass in Indianapolis territory and returning the ball 14 yards. It was his fourth interception of the season and his 22nd career interception. The Titans won the game with a field goal four plays later.

·      Joined former safety Michael Griffin (Dec. 20, 2009 vs. Miami) as the only Titans/Oilers players with an interception in overtime since 1991.

·      With his 22nd career interception, he tied Marcus Robertson for 13th place on the franchise's career interception list.

·      Registered his fourth consecutive game with either an interception or a forced fumble.

·      Notched his fourth season in a five-year span with at least four interceptions.

·      He has been involved in six takeaways in 2021—four interceptions, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble—and those six takeaways have led to 27 points for the Titans.

OLB BUD DUPREE

·      Posted two tackles and also helped cause an interception late in the fourth quarter. His pressure in the end zone helped force Carson Wentz to throw an errant pass that was then intercepted by Elijah Molden and returned for a touchdown.

LB NICK DZUBNAR

·      Led the team with three total special teams tackles.

RB DERRICK HENRY

·      Carried the ball 28 times for 68 yards, bringing his 2021 totals to 937 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns on 219 attempts. He also has 18 receptions for 154 yards to give him a total of 1,091 scrimmage yards.

·      Of all players in NFL history with a 2,000-yard rushing season, his 937 rushing yards in 2021 are the most of any player in their first eight games in the season after hitting the 2,000-yard mark. The previous mark was held by Barry Sanders with 872 rushing yards in Detroit's first eight games of 1998.

OLB HAROLD LANDRY III

·      Totaled five tackles, one sack and one forced fumble.

·      In the second quarter, he registered a seven-yard sack of Carson Wentz on third down to end a Colts drive.

·      His 8.5 sacks in 2021 are the most by a Titans/Oiler player In the first eight games of a season since individual sacks became an official statistic in 1982, eclipsing the previous mark of eight sacks by Ray Childress (1992) and Jevon Kearse (2001).

·      Registered his sixth consecutive game with at least a half sack, which is the longest such streak of his career.

·      Logged his fifth consecutive game with at least one sack, which tied the longest such streak of his career (2019) and tied for the seventh-longest such streak in franchise history.

·      Credited with a forced fumble on Carson Wentz in the second quarter (recovered by the Colts). It was his first forced fumble of 2021 and the third of his career.

ILB DAVID LONG JR.

·      Led the defense with nine total tackles and added a pass defensed.

CB ELIJAH MOLDEN

·      Registered his first career interception and his first career touchdown, picking off a Carson Wentz pass in the fourth quarter and returning the ball two yards for a score. It was Tennessee's first interception return for a touchdown since Malcolm Butler's 38-yard interception return for a touchdown at Cleveland on Sept. 8, 2019.

·      Credited with two tackles and two passes defensed.

ILB MONTY RICE

·      Logged his first career start and finished second on the team with seven tackles. He added a pass defensed.

TE GEOFF SWAIM

·      Totaled four receptions for 23 yards and a touchdown.

·      Caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill in the second quarter. It was his first touchdown catch of 2021 and the third touchdown reception of his career. 

QB RYAN TANNEHILL

·      Completed 23 of 33 passes for 265 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for a passer rating of 98.7. He added 26 rushing yards on two attempts.

·      Completed a six-yard touchdown pass to Geoff Swaim and a 57-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Brown in the second quarter, and he tossed a five-yard touchdown pass to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine in the third quarter. He improved his total to 10 touchdown passes in 2021 and increased his career total to 188 touchdown passes.

·      Registered his second game of 2021 with three (or more) touchdown passes and the 24th such performance of his career.

·      Credited with his 25th career game-winning drive, including an NFL-high 12 game-winning drives since joining the Titans in 2019.

WR NICK WESTBROOK-IKHINE

·      Posted two receptions for 16 yards and a touchdown, and he added a special teams tackle.

·      Registered a five-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter. It was his second touchdown catch of 2021 (second career).

The Tennessee Titans take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 8 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Related Content

Advertising