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Titans-Cowboys Postgame Notes



·      Quarterback Joshua Dobbs, defensive end Jayden Peevy and offensive linemen Zack Johnson and Xavier Newman became the 83rd, 84th, 85th and 86th players to appear in a game for the team in 2022. The Titans entered the week with an NFL-high 82 players used through 15 games.

·      A total of six rookies were in the starting lineup for the Titans: wide receiver Treylon Burks, tight end Chig Okonkwo, running back Hasan Haskins, linebacker Jack Gibbens and cornerbacks Roger McCreary and Tre Avery. It was the most for the Titans in a game since six rookies started at Cleveland on Nov. 6, 2005.

·      For the first time in the "Titans era" (1999 to present), the Titans had rookie starters at running back (Hassan Haskins), tight end (Chig Okonkwo) and wide receiver (Treylon Burks).

·      Eleven Titans rookies played in the game, which was the team's highest number since 12 rookies took the field at New England on Dec. 20, 2015. Entering the Thursday night game against the Cowboys, the Titans' total of 124 combined games played by rookies in 2022 was tied for the fourth-highest number in the NFL.

·      Three Titans players made their NFL debuts: defensive lineman Jayden Peevy and offensive linemen Zack Johnson and Xavier Newman.

·      Joshua Dobbs became the third quarterback to start for the Titans in 2022, joining Ryan Tannehill (12 starts) and Malik Willis (three). The last time the Titans used three different starting quarterbacks in a season was 2014 with Jake Locker, Charlie Whitehurst and Zach Mettenberger.

·      The Titans were plus-one in turnover margin, totaling a pair of turnovers and three takeaways. It was the seventh time in 2022 they won the turnover battle.

·      The Titans' three takeaways against the Cowboys, which included two interceptions and a fumble recovery, matched their season high. They previously forced three turnovers Oct. 2 at Indianapolis and Oct. 23 against Indianapolis.

·      The Titans defense allowed an average of 2.7 yards per rushing attempt against the Cowboys—87 yards on 32 attempts. It was the 13th time this season—and the 13th time in a 14-game span—that their opponents did not reach the 100-yard rushing mark. The Titans entered the week ranked second in the NFL in rushing defense (80.1 opponent rushing yards per game) and now have allowed an average of 80.5 opponent rushing yards per contest.

·      The Titans offense converted seven third downs on 16 attempts (43.8 percent). The Titans' seven third-down conversions matched their season high from games at Green Bay (Nov. 17) and against Cincinnati (Nov. 27).


·      Recorded a start in his 100th NFL game (regular season).

·      Posted two tackles before leaving the contest in the fourth quarter with a knee injury.


·      Tied for the team lead with two passes defensed and matched his career high with seven tackles.


·      Made a 37-yard field goal in the second quarter.

·      Made a 29-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.


·      Recorded a team-high 66 yards on four receptions and added 20 rushing yards on one attempt for a total of 86 scrimmage yards.

·      Accounted for three of the team's five longest plays in the game, including a 30-yard reception to set up a field goal to end the first half.

·      Converted a third-and-six with a 21-yard reception in the third quarter.

·      Credited with 20 rushing yards on a reverse in the fourth quarter.


·      Totaled six tackles and two interceptions, logging his fourth career multi-interception game and his first since Dec. 31, 2017 against Jacksonville.

·      Registered his third interception of the season on a pass from Dak Prescott to Peyton Hendershot in the second quarter. Later in the second quarter, he picked off another pass from Prescott to Dalton Schultz and returned the ball 28 yards. Both takeaways led to Titans field goals.

·      With his 26th and 27th career interceptions, he passed Mike Reinfeldt (26) and tied Tony Banfield, W.K. Hicks and Darryll Lewis (27) for fourth place on the franchise's all-time interceptions list. In team annals, only Jim Norton (45), Cris Dishman (31) and Fred Glick (30) have more interceptions than Byard, who also surpassed Michael Griffin (25) for the most interceptions for the franchise during its "Titans era" (1999 to present).

·      Since 2017, Byard's 27 interceptions rank second in the NFL, trailing only the 28 interceptions by Miami's Xavien Howard.  

·      With a team-high four interceptions in 2022, he notched his fifth career season with at least four interceptions.

·      Improved his season total to a team-high 102 tackles, giving him his second career season in which he reached the 100-tackle mark (111 in 2020).


·      Took a screen pass 33 yards in the second quarter for the longest reception of his rookie season.

·      Added a 25-yard kickoff return.


·      Registered his first career NFL start eight days after signing with the team. It was his first action in the regular season since Jan. 3, 2021 at Cleveland as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

·      Completed 20 of 39 passes for 232 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He added 12 rushing yards on three attempts.

·      Tossed his first career touchdown pass in the third quarter, finding Robert Woods for a seven-yard score.

·      Completed a career-long 39-yard pass to Racey McMath in the second quarter.

·      Credited with a 33-yard pass on a screen play to Julius Chestnut in the second quarter.

·      Helped set up a field goal to end the first half with a 30-yard completion to Treylon Burks.

·      Became the first quarterback from the University of Tennessee to play for the Titans/Oilers organization.


·      Registered his first career start.

·      Finished second on the team with 10 tackles.


·      Registered his first career start.

·      Led the team with 40 rushing yards on 12 attempts, both of which were highs for his rookie season through 16 games, as was his long rush of 12 yards. He added two receptions for 13 yards.  


·      Recorded a career-long 39-yard catch in the second quarter.


·      Started and totaled 24 yards on three receptions, including a 12-yard catch on the team's first offensive snap.

·      Increased his season total to 408 receiving yards, improving upon his franchise rookie tight end record. His total of 29 receptions on the season currently ranks fourth among all Titans/Oilers rookie tight ends, trailing only Bo Scaife (37 in 2005), Ben Troupe (33 in 2004) and Chris Dressel (32 in 1983).


·      Led the team and set a career high with 13 tackles, including a tackle for loss.


·      Punting five times for a 47.4-yard average (37.6 net average) with one punt placed inside the 20.

·      Leads the NFL through 16 games with a 53.02 gross punting average.


·      Totaled six tackles, a half sack and one fumble recovery.

·      Registered his first career fumble recovery in the second quarter, pouncing on the ball after it was lost by Dak Prescott.

·      Shared an eight-yard sack of Dak Prescott with DeMarcus Walker in the fourth quarter. It was the first half-sack of his career.  


·      Totaled five tackles, a half sack and one tackle for loss.

·      Shared an eight-yard sack of Dak Prescott with Teair Tart in the fourth quarter. It extended his season total to a career-high seven sacks. He also improved his career total to 19.5 sacks.


·      Led the team with five receptions for 39 yards, including a touchdown.

·      Notched his second touchdown reception of the season on a seven-yard pass from Joshua Dobbs in the third quarter. It was his 37th career touchdown catch.

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