Titans-Commanders Postgame Notes

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TEAM NOTES

·      The Titans' 21-17 win at Washington gave them a three-game winning streak heading into their Week 6 bye.

·      The Titans improved their all-time record against the Commanders to 8-6.

·      The Titans own a 14-5 record against NFC opponents since Mike Vrabel was hired as head coach in 2018.

·      The win improved Mike Vrabel's career record as a head coach to 46-29, including the regular season and playoffs. He has the third-highest win total in franchise history behind only Jeff Fisher (147) and Bum Phillips (59).

·      Four players made their 2022 debuts at Washington: wide receiver Dez Fitzpatrick, linebacker Monty Rice, defensive lineman Sam Okuayinonu and offensive lineman Le'Raven Clark. Okuayinonu made his NFL debut, while Clark appeared in a Titans uniform for the first time. A total of 64 players have appeared in a game for the Titans this season.

·      The Titans won the turnover battle for the second consecutive week and for the third time this season. They had one takeaway at Washington, which came on linebacker David Long Jr.'s interception, and they did not commit a turnover.

·      In the first half, the Titans had 11 first downs and allowed Washington only four first downs. The Titans ran twice as many plays than the Commanders in the first half—38 to 19.

TEAM NOTES – OFFENSE

·      The Titans offense scored touchdowns on all three of its red-zone possessions, extending its streak to 11 consecutive touchdowns on drives inside the opponent's 20-yard line. The Titans have scored touchdowns on 12 of their 13 red-zone opportunities this season (92.3 percent).

·      The Titans scored on both of their goal-to-go possessions, giving them touchdowns on all six of their goal-to-go drives in 2022.

·      The Titans won the time-of-possession battle at Washington, holding the ball for a season-best 32 minutes and 40 seconds.

·      The Titans' 19:45 time of possession in the first half was their best first-half total since possessing the ball for 21:19 at Pittsburgh on Dec. 19, 2021.

TEAM NOTES – DEFENSE

·      Against the Commanders, safety Joshua Kalu became the 20th different defensive player to record a start for the Titans this season. The team's 19 total starters in 2022 entering Week 5 led the NFL.

·      The defense only allowed the Commanders to convert a single third down on 11 attempts (9.1 percent). It was their second time in a three-game span they allowed only one third-down conversion after doing so on Sept. 25 against Las Vegas (one-of-12).

·      Limited the Commanders to 43 rushing yards on 17 attempts for an average of 2.5 yards per carry. Over a two-week span, the Titans limited opposing offenses to 81 combined rushing yards on 40 attempts (2.0 avg.). In Week 4, the Colts rushed for 38 yards on 23 attempts.

·      The Titans defense delivered a game-winning stop in the final minute of the fourth quarter after the Commanders had a first-and-goal at the two-yard line with 19 seconds on the clock. After forcing consecutive incompletions by Carson Wentz, the Titans sealed the victory when linebacker David Long Jr. stepped in front of Wentz's pass to running back J.D. McKissic for the interception.

DL DENICO AUTRY

·      Tallied four tackles, including a nine-yard sack of Carson Wentz in the fourth quarter. The play came on third down, forcing a Washington punt.

·      Registered his second consecutive game with at least one sack.

·      Improved his season total to four sacks and his career total to 43.5 sacks.

S KEVIN BYARD

·      Finished second on the team with eight tackles.

RB DERRICK HENRY

·      Led the team with 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 28 rushing attempts. He added 30 yards on two catches to give him 132 scrimmage yards.

·      Tallied his 30th career 100-yard rushing game, including regular season (27) and playoffs (three). He is the fourth player in franchise history to reach 30 total 100-yard rushing games in the regular season and playoffs, joining Earl Campbell (40), Eddie George (38) and Chris Johnson (35).

·      In the first half, he totaled 83 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. His 18 rushing attempts were the second-most of his career in the first half (21 at the New York Giants on Dec. 16, 2018).

·      Took a screen pass 24 yards in the first quarter to set up a touchdown on the next play. It was his longest reception since a 53-yard catch on Oct. 18, 2020 against Houston.

·      Scored on a one-yard run in the second quarter, giving him at least one rushing touchdown in four consecutive games.

·      Added a second one-yard touchdown in the third quarter to join Earl Campbell as the franchise's only players to reach 70 career rushing touchdowns. Henry is three rushing touchdowns behind Campbell, who totaled 73 during his Oilers tenure.

·      His second touchdown at Washington was the 73rd overall touchdown of his career, putting him in a tie with Earl Campbell (73) for second place on the franchise's all-time touchdowns list. Henry is one touchdown from tying Eddie George (74) for the franchise record.

·      Notched his 18th career regular-season performance with at least two rushing touchdowns.

RB DONTRELL HILLIARD

·      Tied for the team lead with four receptions for 23 yards, including a touchdown.

·      Scored the game's first points with a 13-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. It was his third touchdown reception of 2022 and the third of his career.

WR CODY HOLLISTER

·      Registered his second career start.

DB JOSHUA KALU

·      Recorded his first career start at safety and recorded one tackle.

ILB DAVID LONG JR.

·      Produced the game-winning interception in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter. With the Commanders facing a third-and-goal from the two-yard line with nine seconds on the clock, Long stepped in front of Carson Wentz's pass to running back J.D. McKissic for an interception at the one-yard line. It was his third career interception and his first of the season.

·      Led the defense with 11 total tackles.

DL SAM OKUAYINONU

·      Made his NFL debut and was credited with a half sack. He combined with Jeffery Simmons on an eight-yard sack in the fourth quarter.

TE KEVIN RADER

·      Led the team with a career-high three special teams tackles.

OL DILLON RADUNZ

·      Registered his second career start and his first at right guard.

DT JEFFERY SIMMONS

·      Totaled five tackles, 1.5 sacks and a pass defensed.

·      Credited with a sack when he dropped Carson Wentz for no gain in the second quarter.

·      Shared an eight-yard sack of Wentz with Sam Okuayinonu during the fourth quarter.

·      Increased his 2022 total to 3.5 sacks and his career total to 17 sacks.

P RYAN STONEHOUSE

·      Punted eight times for a 52.0-yard gross average and a 48.4-yard net average with four punts placed inside the 20.

·      Set season and career highs through five games in punts (eight), net average (48.4) and punts inside the 20 (four).

·      His 48.4-yard net average ranked 11th in franchise history for a single game and ranked third in team annals for a player who attempted at least eight punts in a game.

·      Booted a 66-yard punt to Washington's 15-yard line during the second quarter.

QB RYAN TANNEHILL

·      Completed 15 of 25 passes for 181 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. His 95.6 passer rating gave him a passer rating of at least 95.0 in four of the club's five games in 2022.

·      Tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Dontrell Hilliard in the first quarter. He increased his 2022 total to six touchdown passes and improved his career total to 205 touchdown passes.

·      Completed a 60-yard pass to Nick Westbrook-Ikhine in the third quarter. It was his longest completion since a 75-yard touchdown pass against Detroit on Dec. 20, 2020.

·      Registered his second consecutive game without throwing an interception and his third such performance in 2022.

·      Played in his 50th game as a member of the Titans. Among franchise quarterbacks in their first 50 games for the team (minimum of 50 games), Tannehill had the most passing yards (11,260) and the highest passer rating (101.3). His 82 touchdown passes with the Titans rank second among Titans/Oilers quarterbacks in their first 50 games with the club behind only the 102 by George Blanda.

DT TEAIR TART

·      Tallied three tackles and led the team with two passes defensed, including a pass breakup during the defense's game-winning goal-line stand late in the fourth quarter.

OLB RASHAD WEAVER

·      Helped force a turnover on downs in the third quarter, deflecting a Carson Wentz pass that bounced incomplete. He was also credited with a tackle in the contest.

WR NICK WESTBROOK-IKHINE

·      Led the team with 72 receiving yards on a pair of receptions.

·      Helped set up a touchdown with a 60-yard reception in the third quarter, tallying the longest catch of his career. His previous long reception was a 46-yarder against Houston on Nov. 21, 2021.

WR ROBERT WOODS

·      Tied for the team lead with four receptions for 37 yards.

·      Registered his fourth consecutive game with at least four receptions.

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