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Titans’ 2013 Opponents Determined

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 30, 2012 – 11:13 pm

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The Titans now know all of their 16 regular-season opponents for 2013.

In addition to home and road games against each of their AFC South rivals (Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars), the Titans will face every team from the AFC West (on the road against the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders; at home against the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers) and every team from the NFC West (at home against the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers; on the road against the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks).

Additionally, based on finishing in third place in the AFC South, the Titans will have a 2013 home game against the AFC East’s third-place New York Jets and a road contest against the AFC North’s third-place Pittsburgh Steelers.

Kansas City
N.Y. Jets
San Diego
San Francisco

St. Louis

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Titans to Pick 10th in First Round of 2013 NFL Draft

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 30, 2012 – 9:17 pm

PrintWith the 2012 regular season in the books, the Titans now know they will pick 10th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Tennessee was one of three teams to finish the season with a 6-10 record, along with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. The Titans defeated the Bills and Jets in the regular season, and the three clubs will alternate the eighth, ninth and 10th picks in each round.

The Titans are scheduled to pick 39th in the second round and 71st in the third round (order affected by the Cleveland Browns losing a second-rounder in the 2012 supplemental draft and a second-rounder being taken from the New Orleans Saints).

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Rookie LB Zach Brown Ties NFL Record for Most Interception Return TDs in Game

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 30, 2012 – 5:35 pm

Zach Brown, Tommie Campbell, Toney ClemonsHead coach Mike Munchak said Sunday the Titans have three “special” linebackers in Akeem Ayers, Colin McCarthy and Zach Brown.

The latter, the rookie from North Carolina, gave Munchak every reason to feel confident about his linebacker corps going forward.

Brown intercepted Jaguars QB Chad Henne twice for touchdowns — and he could have had another had he not dropped his first chance early in the game.

Brown’s first pick went for 79 yards and his first career touchdown, tying the game at 14 late in the second quarter. It was the team’s longest interception return since Jordan Babineaux’s 97-yarder at Cleveland on Oct. 2, 2011.

In the third quarter he struck again, picking off a Henne pass and racing 30 yards for a score to give the Titans a 35-14 advantage.

Brown tied the NFL record (reached several times) for most interception return touchdowns in a game, and he became the third player in franchise history to accomplish the feat, joining Miller Farr (Dec. 7, 1968) and Ken Houston (Dec. 19, 1971).

“It felt good to get the picks,” Brown said after the game. “The first one, I dropped it, but coach (Munchak) told me he’d throw me another one. I was just waiting for it. He threw it to me two times, and I should have had one more, but it is what it is.”

Brown said Henne has a tendency to stare down defenders, so he began taking “a little quick peek” on Henne’s passes that were often intended for his go-to target Mercedes Lewis.

“It feels good, and it’s something as a defensive player that you want to do,” Brown added. “We’re not in the playoffs, but in any event, we were still playing to win. For us, it’s just pride kicking in. If you don’t like to play the game to win, then you shouldn’t be here at all.”

Brown’s touchdowns gave the team four interceptions for touchdowns in 2012.

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Darius Reynaud Ties NFL Record with Two Punt Return Touchdowns in Game

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 30, 2012 – 5:10 pm

Darius ReynaudDarius Reynaud had already displayed his big-play ability during a dominating preseason and in Tennessee’s Week 3 win against Detroit with a franchise-record 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

The Titans’ dynamic return man was at it again on Sunday, returning a pair of punts for touchdowns in Tennessee’s 38-20 season-ending victory over the Jaguars.

Reynaud gave the Titans a 21-14 lead late in the first half on on a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown, the first punt return for a TD in his career.

Then, two minutes into the third quarter, he scored again on an 81-yard punt return, giving the Titans a 28-14 advantage.

Reynaud, who credited his blockers for both scores, set the franchise record and tied the NFL record with two punt return touchdowns in the same game. Only 13 NFL players had previously accomplished the feat, most recently Reggie Bush on Oct. 6, 2008.

“It feels good knowing where I came from. I never thought this would happen,” Reynaud said after the game. “I’m glad that it happened in the last game of the season just to give those fans something to look forward to for next year.”

Reynaud now has three total career touchdowns, and should certainly be in the mix for his same role next season.

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Chris Johnson’s Cleats up to $6,140 on NFL Auctions

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 27, 2012 – 12:41 pm

IMG_5428With more than 11 days remaining in the auction to raise money for families of victims of the Newton, Conn. shooting tragedy, Chris Johnson’s cleats have garnered 75 bids, with the current high at $6,140 on NFL Auctions.

All of the funds raised through the auction will be donated to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund as established by the United Way of Western Connecticut.

Individuals may also text NEWTOWN to 80888 to donate $10 to this special fund.

Click here to make a bid!

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Titans’ 2013 Opponents Nearly Set

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 26, 2012 – 4:16 pm

TitansWith one game remaining, all but one of the Titans’ 16 regular-season opponents for 2013 are set.

In addition to home and road games against each of their AFC South rivals (Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars), the Titans will face every team from the AFC West (Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers) and every team from the NFC West (Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks).

Additionally, every team plays two conference games based on order of finish within its respective division. No matter the result of this week’s games, the Titans are guaranteed to finish in third place in the AFC South. As a result, they will have a 2013 home game against the AFC East’s third-place team (New York Jets, Miami Dolphins or Buffalo Bills) and a road contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will finish as the AFC North’s third-place club.

Dates and times of all 16 games, as well as preseason opponents and dates, are typically announced by the NFL in April.

The Titans’ 2013 home opponents for the 2013 regular season: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets/Miami Dolphins/Buffalo Bills*

The Titans’ 2013 road opponents for the 2013 regular season: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Pittsburgh Steelers*

* Opponent based on final division standings in 2012.

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Chris Johnson Approaching 7,000 Career Rushing Yards

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 26, 2012 – 4:10 pm

TitansRunning back Chris Johnson could reach a rare career milestone this weekend, but he will need one of his best career performances to do so.

Johnson currently sits at 6,832 career rushing yards. With 168 rushing yards in the 2012 finale against the Jaguars, he would become the fourth player in NFL history to reach the 7,000-yard rushing mark within his first five seasons. The only players to previously accomplish the feat are Eric Dickerson (8,256 yards from 1983-87), LaDainian Tomlinson (7,361 from 2001-05) and Emmitt Smith (7,183 from 1990-94).

Johnson has rushed for 168 yards in a game five times in his career and once this season, a 195-yard effort at Buffalo on Oct. 21.

Most rushing yards in a player’s first five seasons, NFL history:

1 – 8,256 – Eric Dickerson (1983-87)
2 – 7,361 – LaDainian Tomlinson (2001-05)
3 – 7,183 – Emmitt Smith (1990-94)
4 – 6,995 – Earl Campbell (1978-82)
5 – 6,926 – Walter Payton (1975-79)
6,832 – Chris Johnson (2008-12 – active)

In franchise history, Johnson currently owns the third-best rushing total for a player’s first five seasons. He needs 43 rushing yards to pass Eddie George (6,874) for second place and 164 rushing yards to pass Earl Campbell (6,995) for the top spot.

Most rushing yards in a player’s first five seasons, franchise history:

6,995 – Earl Campbell (1978-82)
6,874 – Eddie George (1996-00)
6,832 – Chris Johnson (2008-12 – active)

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SIKids 2012 Sportskids of the Year to be Honorary 12th Titans on Sunday

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 26, 2012 – 2:27 pm

Small-SI-Kids-Dec-CoverConnor and Cayden Long, the SIKids 2012 SportsKids of the Year, will be the honorary 12th Titans prior to Sunday’s Titans-Jaguars game at LP Field.

Their story is touching and one that is worth a read. Below is an excerpt from a recent issue of Sports Illustrated summarizing their amazing journey:

Seven-year-old Cayden is unable to walk or talk on his own, but his nine-year-old brother Conner had an idea that would allow them to participate in sports together. A year and a half ago, they began competing in triathlons together. Conner swims while pulling Cayden in a raft, bikes with his little brother towed behind him in a trailer, and pushes that trailer when they run.

Over the past 18 months, the pair from White House, Tennessee, traveled up and down the East coast to compete in races. Seeing the brothers working together has inspired onlookers, while bringing Conner and Cayden closer than ever. Their amazing determination and spirit is why the Long brothers are the 2012 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids of the Year.

Click here to view their complete story in Sports Illustrated!

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Chris Johnson’s Cleats up for Auction to Benefit Sandy Hook School Support Fund

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 22, 2012 – 4:54 pm

Chris Johnson first offered a tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings by writing each of their 26 names on the cleats he wore on Monday Night Football.

Now those same cleats in which Johnson scored on a franchise-record 94-yard touchdown run are up for auction, with 100 percent of the funds raised to be donated to the United Way’s Sandy Hook School Support Fund.

Fans can click here to bid on Johnson’s cleats.

The auction will remain open until Jan. 7, 2013.

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Improved Defense Among League’s Best Over Last Six Weeks

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 19, 2012 – 5:33 pm

TitansAfter a rough start to the season, the Titans’ defense has made major strides over the last six weeks, improving in several defensive categories.

Over the five games they have played in the last six weeks (bye week included), the unit ranks third in total defense (286.0 yards per game), fourth in scoring (17.6 points allowed per game), first in sacks (3.4 per game), sixth in third-down percentage (32.4 percent), eighth against the run (104.6 yards per game), second in opponent passer rating (60.7) and second in interceptions (10).

“It just shows the potential that we have as a unit,” safety Jordan Babineaux said. “As far as we’re concerned, we should have been putting up those kind of numbers all year. You see what happens when you win the turnover ratio, you see what happens when continue to play that well on defense and you hold guys to 10 points. It’s a pretty good outcome.”

The defense began its current run in a Nov. 11 win at Miami. After a bye the following week, the Titans faced the Jaguars (Nov. 25), Texans (Dec. 2), Colts (Dec. 9) and Jets (Dec. 17).

“Over the past few weeks we’ve had some solid ballgames defensively and had a lot of success doing some of the things that we just got better at doing all year,” Babineaux added. “We’re finally seeing some decent numbers. It’s just unfortunate that we only have a few wins to show for it.”

Top overall defenses (yards per game), last six weeks (Nov. 8–present):

1. Cincinnati Bengals – 1,626 (opponent yards), 271.0 (yards per game)
2. Denver Broncos – 1,699 (opponent yards), 283.2 (yards per game)
3. Tennessee Titans – 1,430 (opponent yards), 286.0 (yards per game)
4. Pittsburgh Steelers – 1,725 (opponent yards), 287.5 (yards per game)
5. Seattle Seahawks – 1,472 (opponent yards), 294.4 (yards per game)

Top scoring defenses, last six weeks (Nov. 8–present):

1. Cincinnati Bengals – 75 (points allowed), 12.5 (points per game)
2. Seattle Seahawks – 65 (points allowed) 13.0, (points per game)
3. Denver Broncos – 99 (points allowed) 16.5, (points per game)
4. Tennessee Titans – 88 (points allowed) 17.6, (points per game)
5. San Francisco 49ers – 115 (points allowed) 19.2, (points per game)

Most sacks per game, last six weeks (Nov. 8–present):

1. Tennessee Titans – 17 (3.40 sacks per game)
2. St. Louis Rams – 20 (3.33 sacks per game)
2. San Francisco 49ers – 20 (3.33 sacks per game)
2. Cincinnati Bengals – 20 (3.33 sacks per game)
5. Cleveland Browns – 16 (3.20 sakcs per game)

Top third-down defenses, last six weeks (Nov. 8–present):

1. Denver Broncos – 16.2 percent
2. San Francisco 49ers – 27.7 percent
3. New York Jets – 28.4 percent
4. Pittsburgh Steelers – 31.0 percent
5. St. Louis Rams – 32.1 percent
6. Tennessee Titans – 32.4 percent

NFL leaders in opponent passer rating, last six weeks (Nov. 8–present):

1. Arizona Cardinals – 49.2
2. Tennessee Titans – 60.7
3. Seattle Seahawks – 62.8
4. Cincinnati Bengals – 65.5
5. Green Bay Packers – 71.7

Defenses with the most interceptions, last six weeks (Nov. 8–present):

1. Arizona Cardinals – 13
2. Tennessee Titans – 10
2. New Orleans Saints – 10
4. Atlanta Falcons – 8
4. Denver Broncos – 8
4. Seattle Seahawks – 8

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