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Hasselbeck Could Join Warren Moon Status Sunday

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 30, 2011 – 11:37 am

Last week against the Jaguars, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck reached the 3,000-yard passing mark for the eighth time in his 13-year career. With a 226-yard performance this week, he would reach 3,500 passing yards for only the third time.

Additionally, Hasselbeck can become the only player in franchise history other than Hall of Famer Warren Moon to reach the 3,500-yard barrier. Moon accomplished the feat three times — all consecutively — from 1989 through 1991.

Hasselbeck was signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 29. His 3,274 passing yards are the second most by any Titans/Oilers quarterback in his first season with the franchise (rookie or free agent signee), trailing Moon’s 1984 campaign by only 64 yards.

MOST PASSING YARDS IN A SEASON, FRANCHISE HISTORY

1. Warren Moon: 4,690 yards (1991)
2. Warren Moon: 4,689 yards (1990)
3. Warren Moon: 3,631 yards (1989)
4. Warren Moon: 3,489 yards (1986)
5. Warren Moon: 3,485 yards (1993)
6. Steve McNair: 3,387 yards (2002)
7. Steve McNair: 3,350 yards (2001)
8. Warren Moon: 3,338 yards (1984)
9. George Blanda: 3,330 yards (1961)
10. George Blanda: 3,287 yards (1964)
11. Matt Hasselbeck: 3,274 yards (2011)


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Cook Taking Game to Next Level

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 28, 2011 – 12:09 pm

Jared Cook has elevated his game to a new level over the last two weeks, displaying the skill set that everyone knew he had, but were waiting to see on a consistent basis.

A week after catching a career-high 9 passes for 103 yards (his first 100-yard receiving game) at Indianapolis, Cook came right back with eight receptions for a career-high 169 yards and a touchdown in Tennessee’s victory over the Jaguars last Saturday at LP Field.

The 169-yared performance set a single-game franchise record for a tight end that was previously held by Dave Casper (150 receiving yards vs. Cleveland on Nov. 30, 1980).

MOST RECEIVING YARDS IN A GAME BY TITANS/OILERS TIGHT END

1. Jared Cook (12/24/11 vs Jacksonville): 169 on 8 receptions
2. Dave Casper (11/30/80 vs. Cleveland): 150 on 7 receptions
3. Dave Casper (12/20/81 vs. Pittsburgh): 139 on 6 receptions
4. Willard Dewveall (11/25/62 vs. San Diego): 139 on 3 receptions
5. Willard Dewveall (12/22/63 vs. Oakland): 137 on 7 receptions

Cook’s yardage total was also the NFL’s highest by a tight end in 2011, and the highest overall by a tight end since the Colts’ Dallas Clark registered 183 receiving yards against Miami on Sept. 21, 2009.

Cook caught a 55-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, notching the second-longest reception of his career. He later sealed the victory with a 29-yard catch on third down late in the fourth quarter.

Through 15 games, Cook is averaging 15.9 yards per catch, ranking second in the NFL in 2011.

2011 RECEIVING AVERAGE, NFL TIGHT ENDS

1. Jake Ballard (Giants): 38 rec, 604 yds, 15.9 avg, long 41, 4 TDs
2. Jared Cook (Titans): 45 rec, 696 yds, 15.5 avg, long 80t, 3 TDs
3. Rob Gronkowski (Patriots): 82 rec, 1219 yds, 14.9 avg, long 52t, 15 TDs
4. Jermichael Finley (Packers): 48 rec, 703 yds, 14.6 avg, long 41, 7 TDs
5. Fred Davis (Redskins): 59 rec, 796 yds, 13.5 avg, long 42, 3 TDs
6. Jimmy Graham (Saints): 87 rec, 1171 yds, 13.5 avg, long 59, 9 TDs
7. Dustin Keller (Jets): 58 rec, 770 yds, 13.3 avg, long 41, 4 TDs
8. Brent Celek (Eagles): 56 rec, 725 yds, 12.9 avg, long 73, 4 TDs
9. Jeremy Shockey (Panthers): 34 rec, 437 yds, 12.9 avg, long 29, 4 TDs
10. Owen Daniels (Texans): 54 rec, 677 yds, 12.5 avg, long 34, 3 TDs

Through 15 games, Cook ranks fourth among AFC tight ends in receiving yards.

2011 RECEIVING YARDS BY AFC TIGHT ENDS

1. Rob Gronkowski (Patriots): 1,219
2. Aaron Hernandez (Patriots): 772
3. Dustin Keller (Jets): 770
4. Jared Cook (Titans): 696
5. Owen Daniels (Texans): 677
6. Antonio Gates (Chargers): 672
7. Heath Miller (Steelers): 608
8. Jermaine Gresham (Bengals): 524
9. Ed Dickson (Ravens): 508
10. Anthony Fasano (Dolphins): 440

The former third-round draft choice is within reach of the team’s all-time single-season franchise record for most receiving yards in a season by a tight end. Frank Wycheck established the current benchmark with 768 receiving yards in 1998.

MOST RECEVING YARDS BY A TIGHT END, FRANCHISE HISTORY

1. Frank Wycheck – 768 yards (70 rec) in 1998
2. Willard Dewveall – 752 yards (58 rec) in 1963
3. Frank Wycheck – 748 yards (63 rec) in 1997
4. Alvin Reed – 747 yards (46 rec) in 1968
5. Mike Barber – 712 yards (59 rec) in 1980
6. Jared Cook – 696 yards (45 rec) in 2011
7. Frank Wycheck – 672 yards (60 rec) in 2001
8. Alvin Reed – 664 yards (51 rec) in 1969
9. Frank Wycheck – 641 yards (69 rec) in 1999
10. Frank Wycheck – 636 yards (70 rec) in 2000


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Titans’ Official Playoff Scenarios from NFL Office

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 25, 2011 – 9:29 am

The official playoff scenarios are in from the league office.

The Titans will make the playoffs if one of these three scenarios plays out:

Tennessee clinches a wild card spot if:

1) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ win + OAK loss or tie

2) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ win + DEN loss or tie

3) TEN win + CIN loss + NYJ loss or tie + OAK win + DEN win


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Titans’ Playoff Formula Comes Into Focus

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 24, 2011 – 11:54 pm

NFL Network’s Rich Eisen is reporting that the Titans will make the playoffs under these two scenarios:

Tennessee win at Houston, Cincinnati loss vs. Baltimore, N.Y. Jets loss at Miami, Oakland win vs. San Diego and Denver win vs. Kansas City

OR

Tennessee win at Houston, Cincinnati loss vs. Baltimore, N.Y. Jets win at Miami, Oakland win vs. San Diego and Denver loss vs. Kansas City


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Titans’ Playoff Scenarios Still up in the Air

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 24, 2011 – 5:07 pm

Regarding Tennessee’s playoff possibilities, two things are certain — the Titans must win at Houston next Sunday and Cincinnati must lose at home vs. Baltimore.

Beyond that, several different scenarios involving the Jets, Bengals, Raiders, Chargers and Broncos can determine whether the Titans are in or out of the playoffs.

Cincinnati (9-6), a winner over Arizona, holds the final wild-card spot with the Titans tied with Denver, Oakland and the Jets at 8-7.

“We don’t control anything else but beating Houston in Houston, and that’s not an easy task in itself,” Titans head coach Mike Munchak said.

Matt Hasselbeck, who recorded his third 300-yard passing game of the season, is happy to be in the hunt.

“But again…it’s important for us to focus on the stuff that we can control and all we can control is how we play and hopefully getting a win next week,” Hasselbeck said.

Added running back Chris Johnson: “To still be alive and still have another game that we need to go and win, it feels good,” he said.

The NFL is expected to release its playoff formula on Sunday. Once we receive it, we’ll post it right here at Titans Online.


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Jaguars Capitalize on Turnover, Pull Within 23-17

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 24, 2011 – 3:00 pm

The Jaguars capitalized on a Titans turnover, turning it into a 1-yard touchdown run by Greg Jones to pull within 23-17 with 3:41 remaining in the fourth quarter at LP Field.

Jamie Harper fumbled at Tennessee’s 35-yard line, giving Blaine Gabbert a second chance after his throw into the end zone on the previous drive was intercepted by Michael Griffin.

This time, the rookie quarterback converted on a 4th-and-10 pass to Jarett Dillard for 21 yards down to Tennessee’s 3-yard line, keeping the drive alive. Jones scored two plays later.


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Bironas Extends Titans’ Lead to 23-10

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 24, 2011 – 2:34 pm

Rob Bironas connected on his third field goal of the day — this one from 35 yards — extending Tennessee’s lead to 23-10 with 12:29 remaining in the fourth quarter at LP Field.

Matt Hasselbeck’s 48-yard pass to Damian Williams highlighted the 7-play, 63-yard drive that consumed just 2:19 on the clock.

Hasselbeck is 22-of-36 passing for 313 yards and a TD. He now has 24 career 300-yard passing games, including three this season.


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Bironas Hits Another 51-Yarder, Titans Lead 20-10

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 24, 2011 – 2:06 pm

Rob Bironas connected on his second 51-yard field goal of the day to extend Tennessee’s lead to 20-10 with 6:16 remaining in the third quarter at LP Field.

Bironas also extended his career high of most 50 yard field goals in a season to six,  setting a franchise record.

Matt Hasselbeck’s 17-yard pass to Craig Stevens on 3rd-and-1 from Tennessee’s 43-yard line highlighted the 7-play, 33-yard drive.


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Titans Lead Jaguars 17-10 at Halftime

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 24, 2011 – 1:37 pm

Josh Scobee connected on a 39-yard field goal, pulling Jacksonville within 17-10 with 31 seconds remaining in the first half at LP Field. The Titans opted to run out the clock, leading by seven points at halftime.

Scobee’s field goal capped a 12-play, 43-yard drive that saw the Jaguars successfully convert a fourth down.

Matt Hasselbeck has completed 17-of-25 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown, while Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert is 13-of-21 passing for 128 yards. Hasselbeck’s 240 passing yards are the fourth highest in any half of his career and his third-highest first-half total.

Six of Hasselbeck’s passes have gone to tight end Jared Cook for a career-high 136 yards. It marks Cook’s second straight 100-yard receiving game with a half of football left to be played.

Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew has 52 rushing yards on 10 attempts and a score. Tennessee has rushed for just 10 yards in the first half.


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Harper’s First Career TD Gives Titans 17-7 Lead

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 24, 2011 – 12:54 pm

The Titans had a quick answer for the Jaguars’ touchdown.

Matt Hasselbeck led the Titans on a 7-play, 76-yard drive that ended with rookie Jamie Harper’s first career touchdown from one yard out, extending Tennessee’s lead to 17-7 with 12:03 remaining in the second quarter at LP Field.

Hasselbeck found Nate Washington for 12 yards, Jared Cook for 24 yards and Washington again for 26 yards down to Jacksonville’s 1-yard line.

Hasselbeck is 10-of-14 passing for 168 yards and a TD. Cook now has four receptions for 113 yards and a score.


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