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Delanie Walker Becoming a Top Target

Posted by Gary Glenn on September 18, 2014 – 11:51 am

_SP17188Last week against the Cowboys, tight end Delanie Walker tied his career high with 10 receptions and set a new career benchmark with 143 receiving yards, which included a 61-yard touchdown.

Walker’s yardage total in last week’s game is the third-highest in franchise history by a tight end. The only tight ends for the team with more receiving yards in a game were Jared Cook (169 against Jacksonville on Dec. 24, 2011) and Dave Casper (150 vs. Cleveland on Nov. 30, 1980).

Most receiving yards in a game by a tight end, franchise history:

169 (8 receptions, 1 TD) – Jared Cook vs. Jacksonville (12/24/11)
150 (7 receptions, 1 TD) – Dave Casper vs. Cleveland (11/30/80)
142 (10 receptions, 1 TD) – Delanie Walker vs. Dallas (9/14/14)
139 (6 receptions, 3 TD) – Dave Casper vs. Pittsburgh (12/20/81)
139 (3 receptions, 2 TD) – Willad Dewveal vs. San Diego (11/25/62)

In his brief time with the Titans, Walker’s rate of production is among the best in franchise history for a tight end. Since arriving in 2013 as an unrestricted free agent from the San Francisco 49ers, he has accumulated 73 receptions for 750 yards in 17 total games (15 games in 2013). Among Titans/Oilers tight ends with at least 70 receptions, his 4.3 catches per game is a franchise high, and his 44.1 receiving yards per game trails only Pro Football Hall of Famer Dave Casper (46.1).

Most receptions per game by tight ends (minimum 70 receptions), franchise history:

4.3 – Delanie Walker (2013-14), 17 games, 73 receptions
3.5 – Frank Wycheck (1995-03), 137 games, 482 receptions
2.9 – Dave Casper (1980-83), 38 games, 110 receptions
2.9 – Willard Dewveall (1961-64), 49 games, 141 receptions
2.8 – Bo Scaife (2005-10), 90 games, 251 receptions
2.4 – Alvin Reed (1967-72), 83 games, 199 receptions
2.2 – Jared Cook (2009-12), 59 games, 131 receptions
2.1 – Erron Kinney (2000-05), 83 games, 178 receptions
1.9 – Ben Troupe (2004-07), 55 games, 106 receptions
1.8 – Mike Barber (1976-81), 78 games, 140 receptions

Most receiving yards per game by tight ends (minimum 70 receptions), franchise history:

46.1 – Dave Casper (1980-83)
44.1 – Delanie Walker (2013-14)
42.4 – Willard Dewveall (1961-64)
36.2 – Frank Wycheck (1995-03)
34.0 – Alvin Reed (1967-72)
29.1 – Jared Cook (2009-12)
26.5 – Bo Scaife (2005-12)
24.2 – Mike Barber (1976-81)
21.1 – Erron Kinney (2000-05)
19.2 – Ben Troupe (2004-07)


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Titans Rank First in Pass Defense Entering Week 3

Posted by Gary Glenn on September 18, 2014 – 11:34 am

Donnie Avery, Jason McCourtyThe Titans enter Week 3 ranked first in passing defense, allowing 163.0 net passing yards per game in 2014. If they are to maintain their position at the top of the league’s rankings through this week’s game in Cincinnati, they must do so against the NFL’s third-ranked passing offense. Led by quarterback Andy Dalton, the Bengals are averaging 301.5 net passing yards per contest.

Furthermore, the Titans hope to continue a trend of limiting their opponents’ passing touchdowns. Since the start of the 2013 season, teams have scored an NFL-low 17 passing touchdowns against the Titans, including one each by Kansas City and Dallas this season. In the same time period, however, the Bengals have built a top-five offensive ranking in passing touchdowns, reaching the end zone 35 times through the air.

Fewest passing touchdowns allowed, 2013–2014:

17 – Tennessee Titans
19 – Miami Dolphins
20 – Carolina Panthers
20 – Seattle Seahawks
23 – New York Giants
23 – St. Louis Rams
24 – Cincinnati Bengals
24 – New Orleans Saints
24 – Pittsburgh Steelers
24 – San Francisco 49ers

Most passing touchdowns scored, 2013–2014:

61 – Denver Broncos
42 – New Orleans Saints
38 – Chicago Bears
36 – San Diego Chargers
35 – Cincinnati Bengals
35 – Dallas Cowboys
35 – Philadelphia Eagles
32 – Detroit Lions
31 – Seattle Seahawks
30 – Atlanta Falcons


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Titans Have Recorded Eight Sacks Through Two Weeks

Posted by Gary Glenn on September 15, 2014 – 10:08 am

Tony Romo, Jurrell CaseyThe Titans’ defense opened the season with four sacks in Kansas City on Sept. 7, and they duplicated the effort in Week 2 against the Cowboys. 

The defense’s eight total sacks through two weeks is tied with Jacksonville for the second-best total in the NFL, trailing only Washington, which has 10 sacks.

Additionally, the Titans’ eight sacks are tied for the team’s best mark through two weeks during the “Titans era,” or since the start of the 1999 campaign. In the previous seasons in which they accomplished the feat — 1999, 2000, 2008 and 2010 — they finished the campaign ranked eighth or better among NFL teams in sacks.

Last week against Dallas, Casey ended the Cowboys’ first series with a sack of Tony Romo for a 12-yard loss on third down.  Later in the quarter Casey recorded an eight-yard sack to give him 18 career sacks and four career games with two sacks.  In 2013, Casey finished second among NFL defensive tackles with 10.5 sacks.

In the first quarter, defensive end Ropati Pitoitua scooped up a fumble by Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray to notch his first career fumble recovery. Then, on the Cowboys’ next drive, Pitoitua dropped Tony Romo for a five-yard loss to record his eighth career sack.

Safety Bernard Pollard picked up a sack to end the Cowboys’ first drive of the 3rd quarter. Pollard now has 10.5 career sacks.


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Delanie Walker Has Career Day vs. Cowboys

Posted by Gary Glenn on September 15, 2014 – 10:02 am

_53V7764Tight end Delanie Walker enjoyed one of the best games of his career against the Cowboys, hauling in 10 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown. 

He turned a pass from Jake Locker into a 61-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, setting a new career long (previously 53 yards against Seattle on Oct. 26, 2008). 

The play also gave him a new career high in receiving yards (91 against Indianapolis on Nov. 14, 2013) and put him over the 100-yard mark for the first time in his nine-year career.  Walker’s 10 receptions tied his career high, set in 2013 against Indianapolis (Nov. 14, 2013). 

In addition to setting a career high, Walker’s 142 receiving yards qualified as the third-highest total in franchise history by a tight end. The only Oilers/Titans tight ends with more receiving yards in a game are Jared Cook (169 against Jacksonville on Dec. 24, 2011) and Dave Casper (150 vs. Cleveland on Nov. 30, 1980).


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Titans Seek 10th Home Opening Win at LP Field

Posted by Gary Glenn on September 11, 2014 – 12:43 pm

_1DJ0984The Titans will play their 16th home opener at LP Field Sunday when they face the Cowboys. Since 1999, when they became the Titans and opened their new stadium, they are 9-6 in their first home game of the regular season, including wins in three out of their last four home openers.

The Titans won their first game of 2013 at LP Field against the San Diego Chargers in dramatic fashion after Jake Locker completed a go-ahead, 34-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter with 15 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

History in regular-season home openers at LP Field (since 1999)

Titans 36, Bengals 35 – Sept. 12, 1999
Titans 17, Chiefs 14 (OT) – Sept. 10, 2000
Dolphins 31, Titans 23 – Sept. 9, 2001
Titans 27, Eagles 24 – Sept. 8, 2002
Titans 25, Raiders 20 – Sept. 7, 2003
Colts 31, Titans 17 – Sept. 19, 2004
Titans 25, Ravens 10 – Sept. 18, 2005
Jets 23, Titans 16 – Sept. 10, 2006
Colts 22, Titans 20 – Sept. 16, 2007
Titans 17, Jaguars 10 – Sept. 7, 2008
Texans 34, Titans 31 – Sept. 20, 2009
Titans 38, Raiders 13 – Sept. 12, 2010
Titans 26, Ravens 13 – Sept. 18, 2011
Patriots 34, Titans 13 – Sept. 9, 2012
Titans 20, Chargers 17 – Sept. 22, 2013


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Titans Set High Mark for Passing First Downs

Posted by Gary Glenn on September 11, 2014 – 12:23 pm

Jake LockerAgainst the Chiefs, the Titans passed for 18 first downs. The total was among the best the team has produced in recent seasons.

In games in which the Titans won, the 18 passing first downs at Kansas City tied for the highest since the beginning of the 2004 campaign. Only one time — Dec. 30, 2007 — in that span did the Titans have as many passing first downs in a winning effort as they did against the Chiefs.

Six of Jake Locker’s 18 completions for first downs in the game came on third down. Kendall Wright led the receivers with four receptions for first downs, including a pair of third-down conversions.

The Titans had 24 total first downs in Week 1, including all first downs passing, rushing (five) and by penalty (one). That tied for the eighth-highest total first downs in a game since the start of 2004.

Most passing first downs in a Titans victory since the beginning of 2004:

18 – Sept. 7, 2014 at Kansas City
18 – Dec. 30, 2007 at Indianpolis
17 – Nov. 9, 2008 at Chicago


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Nate Washington Moving Up Franchise’s Receiving Charts

Posted by Gary Glenn on September 11, 2014 – 12:16 pm

_53V5005As his sixth year with the Titans unfolds, wide receiver Nate Washington continues to move higher in the franchise’s all-time receiving rankings.

Washington, who joined the Titans as a free agent in 2009 after playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2005 through 2008, became the ninth player in Titans/Oilers history to reach 4,000 receiving yards (4,003) last week at Kansas City. With 31 receiving yards this week, he will overtake Drew Bennett (4,033 career receiving yards with the Titans) for eighth on the franchise list.

Also this week, Washington could jump two players on the franchise career receptions list. His 271 catches with the Titans rank 11th, one behind Chris Johnson (272) and two behind Bennett (273).

Most career receptions, franchise history:

542 – Ernest Givins 1986–1994
515 – Haywood Jeffires 1987–1995
482 – Frank Wycheck (TE) 1995–2003
480 – Drew Hill 1985–1991
453 – Derrick Mason 1997–2004
410 – Charlie Hennigan 1960–1966
408 – Ken Burrough 1971–1981
322 – Curtis Duncan 1987–1993
273 – Drew Bennett 2001–2006
272 – Chris Johnson (RB) 2008–2013
271 – Nate Washington 2009–2014

Most career receiving yards, franchise history:

7,935 – Ernest Givins 1986–1994
7,477 – Drew Hill 1985–1991
6,906 – Ken Burrough 1971–1981
6,823 – Charlie Hennigan 1960–1966
6,119 – Haywood Jeffires 1987–1995
6,114 – Derrick Mason 1997–2004
4,958 – Frank Wycheck 1995–2003
4,033 – Drew Bennett 2001–2006
4,003 – Nate Washington 2009–2014
3,935 – Curtis Duncan 1987–1993


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Ryan Succop Ties Franchise Mark in First Game

Posted by Gary Glenn on September 11, 2014 – 12:09 pm

_53V5317Ryan Succop was signed by the Titans on Sept. 1 and made his Titans debut six days later in Kansas City, making all four of his field goals and both of his PATs. He also had four touchbacks on seven kickoffs.

Succop tied the franchise record for most field goals in his first game with the team. Only two others in the club’s 55-year history have made as many as four field goals in their Titans/Oilers debut: Al Del Greco (Nov. 10, 1991) and replacement kicker John Diettrich (“strike game” Oct. 4, 1987).

Last week at Kansas City marked the seventh time in Succop’s career he made four or more field goals, and his teams are 7-0 in those contests.

Most field goals in a Titans/Oilers debut, franchise history:

4-of-4 — Ryan Succop Sept. 7, 2014 at Kansas City
4-of-5 — Al Del Greco Nov. 10, 1991 vs. Dallas
4-of-4 — John Diettrich Oct. 4, 1987 at Denver*

* Replacement game


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Michael Griffin Cracks Top 10 in Two Categories

Posted by Gary Glenn on September 11, 2014 – 12:02 pm

_53V5919Safety Michael Griffin was credited with four tackles and recorded an interception last week at Kansas City. In doing so, he moved into the franchise’s career top 10 in both categories.

With 700 career tackles in his eight NFL campaigns, he is now tied with former Titans safety Marcus Robertson for 10th on the team’s all-time list. Among safeties, Griffin and Robertson are tied for second behind only Blaine Bishop (788).

Griffin’s 23rd career interception came against the Chiefs, putting him in a three-way tie for 10th on the franchise interceptions list, along with Willie Alexander and Samari Rolle. Griffin and Rolle are tied for most career interceptions in the “Titans era” (1999–present).

Most career tackles, franchise history

1,970 – Gregg Bingham (LB) 1973–1984
1,281 – Robert Brazile (LB) 1975–1984
1,265 – Keith Bulluck (LB) 2000–2009
907 – Ted Washington (LB) 1973–1982
877 – Al Smith (LB) 1987–1996
836 – John Grimsley (LB) 1984–1990
788 – Blaine Bishop (S) 1993–2001
784 – Ray Childress (DL) 1985–1995
738 – Steve Kiner (LB) 1974–1978
700 – Michael Griffin (S) 2007–2014
700 – Marcus Robertson (S) 1991–2000

Most career interceptions, franchise history

45 – Jim Norton (S) 1960–1968
31 – Cris Dishman (CB) 1988–1996
30 – Fred Glick (S) 1961–1966
27 – Tony Banfield (CB) 1960–1965
27 – W.K. Hicks (CB) 1964–1969
27 – Darryll Lewis (CB) 1991–1998
26 – Mike Reinfeldt (S) 1976–1983
25 – Ken Houston (S) 1967–1972
24 – Zeke Moore (CB) 1967–1977
23 – Michael Griffin (S) 2007–2014
23 – Willie Alexander (CB) 1971–1979
23 – Samari Rolle (CB) 1998–2004
22 – Marcus Robertson (S) 1991–2000


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America is Ready for Some Football

Posted by Joe Fann on September 2, 2014 – 2:42 pm

Are you struggling to get through the day without counting down the seconds until the 2014 NFL season kicks off Thursday night? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Not by a long shot.
For nearly three decades running, the NFL is America’s favorite sport and it’s not even close. This according to the Harris Poll that’s put together every year.
Pro football is the top choice for more than one-third of Americans (35%), more than doubling up Major League Baseball in second place (14%).
As if America couldn’t enough pigskin every weekend, college football rounds out the podium in third place at 11 percent. Auto racing (7%) and the NBA (6%) are the other two sports in the top five.
 

RANK
SPORT
PERCENT
1
Pro Football
35
2
Baseball
14
3
College Football
11
4
Auto Racing
7
5
Men’s Pro Basketball
6



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