Titans-Vikings Game Notes

The Tennessee Titans versus the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans

Sunday, Sept 27, 2020

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· The victory at Minnesota gave the Titans a 3-0 start for the first time since 2008 and for the third time in the team's "Titans era" (1999).

· The win was the Titans' first win against the Vikings since 2008 and their first win at Minnesota since Nov. 15, 1992.

· The Titans have scored at least three points in each of their last nine quarters, dating back to the fourth quarter at Denver on Sept. 14.

· For the eighth time in franchise history, the Titans had a 300-yard passer (321 by Ryan Tannehill), a 100-yard rusher (119 by Derrick Henry) and a 100-yard receiver (118 by Kalif Raymond).

· The Titans were plus-two in turnover differential—their third consecutive game to begin the season with a positive turnover differential. Against the Vikings, the defense tallied two interceptions and one fumble recovery, while the offense committed one interception. For the season, the Titans are plus-five in turnover differential with six takeaways and one giveaway.

· The Titans were flagged for four penalties, marking their third consecutive game to begin the season with no more than five flags.

· After a punt on their first offensive series of the second half, the Titans then produced five consecutive scoring drives before kneeling to end the game on their last series.

· The offense's eight total scoring drives were the most by the Titans since they had eight scoring drives against the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 16, 2017. The Titans' eight scoring drives tied the Dallas Cowboys (Sept. 20 at Atlanta) for the most in the NFL in 2020 through the early afternoon games of Sept. 27.

· The Titans earned their 14th one-point win in franchise history and their first since a 16-15 win at Detroit on Sept. 18, 2016.

· The Titans won their third consecutive game by three points or less to begin the season. They have won their three games by a total of six points.

· In the 13 regular season games that quarterback Ryan Tannehill has started since taking over as the fulltime starter in Week 7 of 2019, five of the team's 10 wins have been decided by three points or less. They own the most such wins in that time period.


· Tied for the team lead with seven tackles and added a pass defensed.


· Produced 69 receiving yards on five catches, the latter of which tied for the team lead.

· On his first reception, he extended his streak to 25 consecutive receptions resulting in a first down. The streak ended on his next catch. It was the longest active streak in the NFL at the time.

· Turned a pass from Ryan Tannehill into a 38-yard gain in the third quarter, leading to a Titans touchdown three plays later.


· Appeared in his first NFL game and totaled three rushing attempts for nine yards.

· Gained four yards on his first career rushing attempt in the first quarter.


· Recovered a fumble by Dalvin Cook in the first quarter and returned the ball 25 yards to help set up a field goal on the ensuing drive. It was his second career fumble recovery (first of 2020).

· Tied for the team lead with seven tackles.


· Registered two tackles, including his first career sack. In the fourth quarter, he blitzed and dropped quarterback Kirk Cousins for a seven-yard loss.


· Set a career high with six total field goals, including the game-winning field goal from 55 yards with 1 minute and 44 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. In his 15-year career, he previously made five total field goals on two occasions, most recently against Kansas City on Oct. 14, 2018. In addition to his game-winner, he also connected on field goals of 39 and 31 yards in the first quarter, 30 yards in the second quarter, 51 yards in the third quarter and 54 yards in the fourth quarter.

· His 55-yard field goal tied for the fourth-longest field goal in franchise history and the second-longest game-winning field goal in team annals behind Rob Bironas' 60-yarder to beat Indianapolis on Dec. 3, 2006. Gostkowski's 54-yarder at Minnesota is now tied for the eighth-longest field goal in team annals.

· Became the second player in franchise history to make at least six field goals in a game. The other is Rob Bironas, who set the team and NFL record with eight field goals at Houston on Oct. 21, 2007.

· Became the first player in franchise history to record game-winning field goals in three consecutive games.

· Became the first player since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger to kick a game-winning field goal in the final two minutes of regulation in each of his team's first three games of the season.

· Hit three field goals of at least 50 yards in distance for the first time in his career. He became the first NFL player since Baltimore's Justin Tucker on Nov. 27, 2016 (vs. Cincinnati) to accomplish the feat.

· Extended his streak to 28 consecutive games with at least one field goal. It is the longest such streak of his career and tied for the fifth-longest streak in NFL history (Jim Turner, 1970-72; Chip Lohmiller, 1988-90).

· Became the first Titans player to hit at least four field goals in a game since Oct. 7, 2018, when Ryan Succop accomplished the feat.

· Registered his 18th career game in which he made at least four field goals.


· Rushed for 119 yards on 26 carries with two touchdowns, notching his 15th career 100-yard rushing game, including regular season and playoffs. He has two 100-yard rushing games through three games in 2020.

· Became the fifth player in NFL history to have 25 or more rushing attempts in each of his team's first three games of a season, joining Buffalo's O.J. Simpson (1975), Dallas' Emmitt Smith (1994), Indianapolis' Edgerrin James (2002) and Houston's Arian Foster (2012).

· Passed Lorenzo White (4,079 career rushing yards) for fourth place on the franchise's all-time rushing list. With 4,152 career rushing yards, Henry trails only Eddie George (10,009), Earl Campbell (8,574) and Chris Johnson (7,965) on the list.

· Scored his first touchdown of the season on a one-yard plunge in the third quarter and added another one-yard touchdown run on the following series.

· Tallied his ninth career regular season game with at least two touchdown runs. It was his 11th career regular season game with at least two total touchdowns.

· Became the second player in franchise history to record 12 consecutive regular season games with at least 80 scrimmage yards, joining Chris Johnson (12 from 2009 to 2010) as the only Titans/Oilers to do so. The only active NFL streak as good as Henry's is owned by Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, who is on injured reserve but who also has 12 consecutive games played with at least 80 scrimmage yards.

· Added 11 receiving yards on two catches to give him 130 total scrimmage yards. It was his 10th career regular season game with at least 130 scrimmage yards.

· Became the fourth player in franchise history to hit 40 career rushing touchdowns, joining Earl Campbell (73), Eddie George (64) and Chris Johnson (50).


· Clinched the victory with his first career interception. With 1 minute and 9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, the Minneapolis native intercepted a pass from Kirk Cousins to Adam Thielen on fourth down.


· Tied for the team lead with seven tackles to go along with an interception and a forced fumble. It was the first time in his 15-year career that he produced an interception and a forced fumble in the same game.

· Credited with his eighth career forced fumble (first of 2020) in the first quarter on a run by Dalvin Cook. The ball was recovered by linebacker Rashaan Evans to set up a Titans field goal on the ensuing drive.

· Registered his first interception in a Titans uniform and the 32nd interception of his career in the third quarter, picking off a pass by Kirk Cousins. Joseph ranks second among all active players in career interceptions behind only Richard Sherman.


· Tied Gregg Bingham (1973-84) for fifth place on the franchise games played list with his 173rd straight game.

· Booted three punts for a 47.7-yard average (41.0 net) with one punt inside the 20.


· Led the team with a career-high 118 receiving yards on three receptions.

· Registered his first career 100-yard game.

· Recorded a 44-yard reception during the first series of the game and then posted a career-long 61-yard catch in the third quarter, leading to a Titans touchdown two plays later.

· Produced the most receiving yards by a Titans player on three or fewer receptions since Dec. 5, 2004, when Drew Bennett had 124 yards on three catches at Indianapolis.

· Added a 30-yard kickoff return and two punt returns for five yards.


· Forced the Vikings to punt with a six-yard sack of Kirk Cousins on third down in the first quarter. It was Simmons' first sack of 2020 and the third sack of his two-year career.

· Produced five total tackles, including two tackles for loss.


· Tied for the team lead with five receptions for a total of 61 yards.

· Went over the 1,000-yard career receiving mark with his 21-yard grab in the third quarter.


· Completed 23 of 37 passes for 321 yards with one interception. He registered his 20th career 300-yard passing game and his first of 2020.

· Had three passes of more than 35 yards: a 44-yard completion to Kalif Raymond during the opening series, a 38-yard strike to Corey Davis in the third quarter and a 61-yard bomb to Raymond in the third quarter.

· Became the first NFL quarterback since Matt Ryan in 2015 with a game-winning drive in each of his team's first three games of a season.

· Logged his 19th career game-winning drive and his sixth as a member of the Titans.

· Led the offense to eight total scoring drives, including five scoring drives in the second half.


· Appeared in his 100th NFL regular season game and posted six tackles.