Titans-Redskins Game Notes


WINNING AT NISSAN STADIUM: The 25-16 win over the Redskins improved the Titans' all-time record at Nissan Stadium, including playoffs, to 93-70. The Titans have won 16 of their last 19 home games. 

PERFECT AGAINST THE NFC: The Titans improved to 4-0 against NFC East foes in 2018. It marked the fourth time since 2002 divisional realignment that the Titans swept their NFC opponents and the first time they did so since 2009.

THREE CONSECUTIVE WINNING SEASONS: The Titans' ninth win of the season assured them of their third consecutive season with at least nine wins. They went 9-7 in both 2016 and 2017.  It marks the first time in the team's "Titans era" (1999-present) it has had three consecutive winning seasons. 

FOUR STRAIGHT: The Titans own a four-game winning streak for the first time in 2018. It marks their second consecutive season with a four-game winning streak.

TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: After going 13 games without being plus-two or better in turnover margin, the Titans have accomplished the feat in their last two games. Against the Redskins, the defense tallied a pair of interceptions in the fourth quarter, and the Titans did not turn over the ball for the second consecutive game. The Redskins entered the contest tied for fourth place in the NFL with a plus-nine turnover margin. In the previous game at New York, the Titans had an interception and a fumble recovery against the Giants. The Titans are now even for the season in turnover differential. 

TITANS PENALIZED TWICE: The Titans were penalized twice for 10 total yards against the Redskins. It was the team's lowest penalty total since it was flagged twice on Dec. 31, 2017 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and it was the team's lowest penalty yardage total since it was penalized 10 yards against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 11, 2016. The Titans' 73 total penalties and 652 penalty yards are the best (lowest) in the NFL in 2018.

FIRST-DRIVE TOUCHDOWN: The Titans scored a touchdown on their opening drive, marching 69 yards on 11 plays, including Derrick Henry's one-yard touchdown run. It marked the Titans' eighth game in 2018 with a score on their first series and their fourth game in 2018 with a touchdown on their first series (four field goals).

COMBINED PASSING: Titans quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Blaine Gabbert and running back Derrick Henry (one incomplete pass) combined to complete 17 of 25 passes for 211 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and a team passer rating of 107.3. It was the club's fifth game of 2018 with a passer rating above 100.

HENRY SCORES AGAIN: In the first quarter, Derrick Henry capped the Titans offense's first series with a one-yard touchdown run. It was his 12th rushing touchdown of the season, and he became the first Titans rusher to hit the mark since Chris Johnson had 14 rushing touchdowns in 2009. It was Henry's eighth rushing touchdown in a four-game span. He rushed for one touchdown in Week 13 against the Jets, four against the Jaguars in Week 14 and two at the Giants in Week 15. 

HENRY'S TOTALS: Derrick Henry led the team with 84 rushing yards on 21 carries, averaging 4.0 yards per attempt. The third-year running back has set career highs this season in rushing attempts (199), rushing yards (966) and rushing touchdowns (12). He is 34 yards shy of his first 1,000-yard season.

GABBERT ENTERS GAME FOR MARIOTA: Late in the second quarter, starting quarterback Marcus Mariota was forced to leave the game with an injury. Blaine Gabbert entered in relief, making his seventh appearance of the season. Gabbert completed seven of 11 passes for 101 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and a passer rating of 123.7.  

GABBERT LEADS COMEBACK: The Titans trailed 13-9 going into the fourth quarter before Blaine Gabbert led them to victory. His two-yard touchdown pass to tight end MyCole Pruitt with 4 minutes and 30 seconds remaining in the final stanza gave the Titans the lead, and Gabbert was credited with his seventh career game-winning drive. 

MARIOTA'S NUMBERS: Prior to leaving the game in the second quarter with a stinger, Marcus Mariota completed 10 of 13 passes for 110 yards and a 101.4 passer rating. 

PRUITT STARTS, SCORES: Third-year tight end MyCole Pruitt was in the starting lineup in the team's two-tight end set, along with Luke Stocker. Pruitt notched his fourth career start and his first since 2015 as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. In the fourth quarter, he caught a go-ahead, two-yard touchdown pass from Blaine Gabbert to record his first career touchdown reception. He also had a 27-yard reception in the third quarter to notch the second-longest catch of his career. 

TWO INTERCEPTIONS: The Titans ended the game with interceptions on Washington's final two possessions. It marked the defense's second time in 2018 and the first time since the season opener at Miami (Sept. 9) with two interceptions in a game.   

DEFENSE IN THE FOURTH QUARTER: The Titans outscored the Redskins 16-3 in the fourth quarter, marking their fourth consecutive game without allowing a touchdown in the final quarter. They are tied for the league low with only five touchdowns allowed in the fourth quarter all season. Their opponents have scored only three points in the fourth quarter in the month of December. 

SACK BY WOODYARD: In the second quarter, linebacker Wesley Woodyard sacked Washington quarterback Josh Johnson for a 12-yard loss. Woodyard was credited with his 27th career sack. He has 4.5 sacks in 2018. 

LANDRY RECORDS SACK: In the fourth quarter, rookie outside linebacker Harold Landry III sacked Josh Johnson for a 10-yard loss on third down. The second-round pick improved his season total to 3.5 sacks.    

BYARD RECORDS FOURTH INTERCEPTION: Safety Kevin Byard intercepted a Josh Johnson pass with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the Titans trying to preserve a 19-16 lead. Byard notched his fourth interception of 2018 and his 12th career interception. His 12 interceptions since the beginning of the 2017 campaign are the most in the NFL in that time period.    

FIRST CAREER TOUCHDOWN FOR BUTLER: On the final play of the game, cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted a Josh Johnson pass and raced 56 yards for his first career touchdown. It was the team's first interception return for a touchdown since Coty Sensabaugh recorded a pick-six at Tampa Bay on Sept. 13, 2015. Butler increased his 2018 total to three interceptions, which is the second-highest single-season total of his career. He improved his career total to 11 interceptions. 

KERN PASSES OLSON: With his 152nd game in a Titans uniform, punter Brett Kern passed Benji Olson (152) for ninth place on the team's all-time games played list.

SUCCOP REACHES 100 POINTS: On a 33-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, kicker Ryan Succop (94 points in 2018) reached 100 points for the seventh time in his career and for the third consecutive year. He also booted a 42-yard field goal as time expired in the first half and an extra point in the second half to give him 101 points on the season.

INACTIVES: The Titans' inactive list included cornerback Kenneth Durden, outside linebacker Sharif Finch, guard Aaron Stinnie, tackle Tyler Marz, tight end Cole Wick, defensive end Matt Dickerson and outside linebacker Brian Orakpo. Finch (shoulder), Wick (shoulder) and Orakpo (elbow) were listed on the injury report prior to the contest.

The Tennessee Titans take on the Washington Redskins in Week 16 of the 2018 season on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)

The Tennessee Titans prepare to take on the Washington Redskins in Week 16 of the 2018 season on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)