Titans-Giants Game Notes


IN THE WIN COLUMN: The Titans improved to 8-6 through 14 games and remain in the AFC playoff chase. They are guaranteed their third consecutive season with at least a .500 winning percentage. They were 9-7 in both 2016 and 2017.  

SHUTOUT VICTORY: With a 17-0 victory over the Giants, the Titans recorded the 16th shutout in franchise history and the fourth road shutout in franchise history. The team's last shutout victory was a 31-0 win against the Dallas Cowboys at Nissan Stadium on Dec. 25, 2000. The last time the team shut out an opponent on the road was Dec. 17, 2000, in a 24-0 win at the Cleveland Browns.

TITANS VS. THE NFC EAST: The Titans improved to 3-0 this season against NFC East teams. They play their fourth interconference game next week at home against the Washington Redskins.

TURNOVER BATTLE: The Titans recorded two takeaways against the Giants—an interception by safety Kevin Byard and a fumble recovery by defensive tackle Jurrell Casey. It marked their first game in 2018 with a plus-two or better turnover margin.   

BACK-TO-BACK GAMES WITH 200 TEAM RUSHING YARDS: The Titans rushed for 215 yards at New York after rushing for 264 yards the previous week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. It marked the team's first time to rush for 200 or more yards in back-to-back contests since 2008, when they totaled 292 rushing yards at the Detroit Lions (Nov. 27) and 235 rushing yards against the Cleveland Browns (Dec. 7).  

MOST CARRIES SINCE 2009: The Titans' 45 rushing attempts against the Giants made up their highest total in a game since they had 49 total carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 1, 2009.

HENRY OVER 100 AGAIN: Third-year running back Derrick Henry led the team with 170 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries. It came one week after his franchise-record 238 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The last NFL player to follow a 200-yard rushing performance with a 100-yard rushing effort in his team's next game was Miami's Jay Ajayi, who had three consecutive rushing performances of 204 yards, 214 yards and 111 yards, respectively, from Oct. 16-Nov. 6, 2016. Henry recorded his fifth career 100-yard rushing game (including postseason) and became the first Titans player with back-to-back 100-yard rushing efforts since DeMarco Murray from Oct. 23-27, 2016.

FRANCHISE RECORD FOR A TWO-GAME RUSHING TOTAL: Following a franchise-record 238 rushing yards in Week 14 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Derrick Henry's 170 rushing yards at New York gave him a franchise record of 408 rushing yards in a two-game span. The previous record of 405 rushing yards in two games was set by Earl Campbell in 1980, when Campbell posted 203 yards against Tampa Bay (Oct. 19) and 202 yards against Cincinnati (Oct. 26).

HENRY SCORES FOR 10TH AND 11TH TIME: In the first quarter, running back Derrick Henry scored on a one-yard rush, and he added another one-yard touchdown in the third quarter. He became the first Titans player since Chris Johnson in 2010 with 11 rushing touchdowns in a season. 

SIX TOUCHDOWNS IN TWO GAMES: With four rushing touchdowns against Jacksonville on Dec. 6 and two rushing touchdowns against the Giants, Derrick Henry registered six total rushing touchdowns in a two-game span. He became the first player in franchise history to accomplish the feat. The last NFL player with six rushing touchdowns over a two-game span was Falcons running back Devonta Freeman from Sept. 27-Oct. 4, 2015. Henry's six total touchdowns were the most by a Titans player since wide receiver Drew Bennett had six receiving touchdowns in a two-game span from Dec. 5-13, 2004. 

HENRY HITS 2,000 FOR HIS CAREER: On a 22-yard run in the second quarter, Derrick Henry surpassed 2,000 career rushing yards.  

A NEW CAREER HIGH FOR ATTEMPTS: Derrick Henry set a career high with 33 carries, surpassing his previous high of 28 rushing attempts against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Dec. 31, 2017. His 33 attempts against the Giants made up the highest individual total for the club since Chris Johnson had 36 rushing attempts on Jan. 3, 3010.

HENRY'S FIRST-HALF RUSHING TOTAL: In the first half, Derrick Henry carried the ball 21 times for 127 yards and one touchdown. It was his second consecutive game to hit the 100-yard rushing mark in the first half.   

MARIOTA SETS RUSHING HIGH: On an 11-yard scamper in the first quarter, quarterback Marcus Mariota set a new career high for rushing yards in a season, surpassing the 349 rushing yards he had in 2016. Mariota now has 350 rushing yards on 63 attempts with two rushing touchdowns in 2018. 

TWO MORE SACKS FOR DBs: The Titans defensive backs recorded two more sacks against the Giants, bringing the group's season total to an NFL-leading nine sacks. It is the highest total by a Titans defensive back unit in the "Titans era" (1999-present), topping the eight sacks by the 2014 Titans cornerbacks and safeties.

DEFENSE LIMITS BARKLEY TO SEASON-LOW AVERAGE: Entering Week 15, Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley ranked third in the NFL with 1,124 yards on 209 carries (5.4 avg.). The Titans limited him to 31 yards on 14 attempts for a season-low average of 2.2 yards per carry. His 31 rushing yards made up his second-lowest total of 2018, and his one rushing first down tied a season low.

RUSHING DEFENSE: The Titans defense limited the Giants to 47 rushing yards, tying for the second-lowest total by a Titans opponent in 2018. The Giants' two rushing first downs tied for a season low for a Titans opponent (Oct. 21 vs. the Los Angeles Chargers).  

DEFENSE FORCES SEASON-LOW RATING FOR MANNING: The Titans limited Giants quarterback Eli Manning to a season-low passer rating of 54.1. Manning completed 21 of 44 passes for 229 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. 

DEFENSE ON THIRD DOWN: The Giants were limited to three conversions on 16 attempts on third down. The 18.8 percent conversion rate was the second lowest by a Titans opponent this season, behind only the Jaguars' 16.7 percent (2-of-12) in the previous game. The combined two-week total for the Titans defense was five conversions on 28 attempts on third down, or 17.9 percent.

ANOTHER SACK FOR RYAN: In the second quarter, cornerback Logan Ryan sacked Eli Manning for a four-yard loss. Ryan, who now has 6.5 career sacks, increased his career-high total to four sacks in 2018. He recorded a sack in two consecutive games for the first time in his six-year career.   

INTERCEPTION FOR BYARD: In the third quarter, safety Kevin Byard ended a New York threat with his third interception of the season. He picked off an Eli Manning pass that was intended for wide receiver Russell Shepard at Tennessee's 15-yard line. Byard increased his three-year career total to 11 interceptions.  

TWO CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH SACK FOR BYARD: On the final play of the first half, safety Kevin Byard sacked Eli Manning for a 10-yard loss, notching his second consecutive game with a sack. Byard notched his third career sack. 

STRIP-SACK FOR CORREA: In the third quarter, outside linebacker Kamalei Correa was credited with a two-yard sack of Eli Manning and forced a fumble on the play. The ball was recovered by defensive tackle Jurrell Casey at the New York 15-yard line, leading to a touchdown on Tennessee's ensuing possession. Correa notched his second career forced fumble and his first of 2018. He has 3.5 career sacks, all in 2018.   

RECOVERY BY CASEY: In the third quarter, defensive tackle Jurrell Casey recovered a fumble by Eli Manning, registering the third fumble recovery of his eight-year career.   

STARTS BY TOP TWO PICKS: With veteran starting outside linebacker Brian Orakpo inactive with an injury, the team's second-round pick in 2018, Harold Landry III, recorded his first career start in Orakpo's place. First-round pick Rashaan Evans notched his eighth start at inside linebacker, marking the first game the two high draft picks were both in the starting lineup. 

KERN'S DAY: In rainy conditions and a kickoff temperature of 40 degrees, Brett Kern punted five times for a 44.0-yard gross average and a 43.6-yard net average. He pinned the Giants on their own six-yard line with a 42-yard punt in the second quarter and punted 57 yards to the Giants' 10-yard line in the fourth quarter. Kern placed all five of his punts inside New York's 20-yard line, tying for the third-highest total of his career and his most since placing five punts inside the 20 against the Houston Texans on Jan. 1, 2017.

KERN TIES OLSON: With his 152nd game in a Titans uniform, punter Brett Kern passed former kicker Al Del Greco (151) and tied former offensive lineman Benji Olson (152) for ninth place on the team's all-time games played list.

ORAKPO INACTIVE FOR FIRST TIME WITH TITANS: Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo missed his first start and his first game since joining the Titans as an unrestricted free agent in 2015. He was inactive at New York with an elbow injury. The last NFL game he missed was the 2014 season finale as a member of the Washington Redskins. Until the Giants game, he had the Titans' longest active starting streak at 61 consecutive games, which also ranked third among NFL linebackers behind only Ryan Kerrigan (125 consecutive starts) and Von Miller (78).

KEEPING PENALTIES DOWN: The Titans entered the game with a league-low total of 67 penalties in 2018. Against the Giants, they were flagged four times for 35 yards, giving them their eighth game this season with four or fewer penalties.

TIME OF POSSESSION WIN: The Titans possessed the ball for 35 minutes and 21 seconds to the Giants' 24 minutes and 39 seconds. It marked their third game in 2018 with a time of possession of at least 35 minutes (Sept. 30 vs. Philadelphia; Oct. 21 at L.A. Chargers).  

LONG TOUCHDOWN DRIVE: The Titans used more than half of the clock in first quarter on one drive. They went on a 15-play, 75-yard drive that took 7 minutes and 45 seconds. Derrick Henry capped the series with a one-yard touchdown run.    

GOAL-TO-GO OFFENSE: The Titans scored two touchdowns in two goal-to-go opportunities against the Giants, giving them their fourth game in 2018 with at least two goal-to-go touchdowns. 

INACTIVES: The Titans' inactive list included running back Jeremy McNichols, running back David Fluellen, guard Aaron Stinnie, offensive lineman Austin Pasztor, tight end Cole Wick, defensive end Matt Dickerson and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo. Fluellen (knee), Wick (shoulder) and Orakpo (elbow) were listed on the injury report prior to the contest.

The Tennessee Titans take on the New York Giants in Week 15 of the 2018 season on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 at MetLife Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

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