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Titans Defense Racks Up Eight Sacks in Win Over Colts



INDIANAPOLIS –** The Titans attacked the quarterback like sharks on Sunday, and they had a feeding frenzy.

The team's eight-sack performance was a first for the "Titans," and the play of the defense played a big part in the 20-16, come-from-behind win over the Colts.

"It was a remarkable effort," said linebacker Brian Orakpo, who had 1.5 sacks. "I don't know if that was a franchise record or what, but eight sacks? What a great day overall. It was fun. And it was great overall pressure."

For the record, the franchise best for sacks is nine, and it's happened twice. But both times the feat was accomplished by Oilers, not Titans – once in 1962, and the other time in 1971. The last time the franchise had eight sacks in a game was in 1985, once again as Oilers.

The Titans came from everywhere on Sunday, and defensive lineman DaQuan Jones started it all. He got Colts quarterback Jacob Brissett on the ground on the first series.

It was a sign of things to come.

"He did a hell of a job today – he led our defense out there," defensive lineman Jurrell Casey said of Jones. "He came out ready to play. He actually told me before the game: I have this weird feeling where I am either going to have a great game or a bad one. And sure enough, he had that great game and I am proud of him."

Jones had two sacks on the day. In addition to Jones (2) and Orakpo (1.5), linebackers Derrick Morgan (1), Wesley Woodyard (1), Avery Williamson (1), Erik Walden (1) and Jayon Brown (.5) all had sacks.

"It's almost like the water gates opened up," said Morgan, who now has seven on the season. "That's one of those games we have been waiting for. This year, the numbers haven't been there as far as sacks go, but our guys are diligent, knowing those games come. We took advantage of it today. Our back-end guys gave us a lot of time to get home, and we appreciate that."

Titans defenders credited the secondary for solid coverage on the day, which led to Brissett holding the ball and leaving himself in a position to hold the ball.

Members of the secondary, including safety Kevin Byard, who had a critical fumble recovery deep in Indianapolis territory that led to a touchdown, credited the pass rushers.

"When you are a deep middle guy, it is a great feeling when you (get the sacks)," Byard said. "When you are scanning the field and you see the quarterback going down, it is a pretty sight.

"I didn't know we had eight sacks -- that was just a relentless pass rush."

The Tennessee Titans take on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 12 at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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