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Tennessee Titans Football

Chris Johnson Hits 1,000; Bironas Nails 55-yard Field Goal

Posted by Craig Peters on December 29, 2013 – 1:36 pm

Rob Bironas kicked a season-long 55-yard field goal as the first half expired to bring Tennessee within a point at 7-6 of Houston.

The Titans drove 58 yards on seven plays in 1:53 to cut into the Texans’ lead and will get the ball to start the second half.

The possession started at Tennessee’s own 5, and was started by a 23-yard run by Chris Johnson that put him over 1,000 yards for the season. Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with Kendall Wright on a screen pass that gained 34 yards, and the Titans overcame a holding penalty against Delanie Walker with a screen from Fitzpatrick to Johnson that gained 11 on third-and-20 to move the ball to the Houston 37.

Tennessee let the clock tick down to four seconds left in the first half before using its final timeout.

The possession followed a successful challenge by Titans coach Mike Munchak of a play that was originally ruled a completion from Matt Schaub to DeAndre Hopkins. After review, officials determined the pass had been broken up by Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner, and Tennessee was able to force a punt two plays later.

The Titans’ first field goal made it 7-3 with 9:45 remaining in the first half. Bironas capped a seven-play, 32-yard drive with a 42-yarder. The drive started at the Tennessee 44-yard line and included a 13-yard pass from Fitzpatrick to Wright and runs of 9 and 4 yards by Johnson.

The possession was slowed by an illegal shift penalty, but Fitzpatrick’s 9-yard pass to Walker on third-and-13 moved Tennessee back to the 24.


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Kendall Wright Ties Franchise Mark, Approaching Another

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 26, 2013 – 3:25 pm

Kendall WrightLast week Kendall Wright totaled four receptions against the Jaguars. The second-year wide receiver now has 153 career catches since being picked 20th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Wright’s 2013 totals include 89 receptions, which ranks seventh in the NFL and fifth in the AFC. With one game remaining, he is 12 catches shy of Charlie Hennigan’s single-season franchise record of 101 catches, set in 1964.

While Wright may or may not seize the single-season record from Hennigan, the second-year receiver last week equaled Hennigan for another rare feat. He matched Hennigan by reaching the 150-reception mark in only his 30th career game. Hennigan accomplished the feat in 1961, and since that time, the closest player to tying the mark was Webster Slaughter, who needed 35 games from 1992 to 1993 to get to 150 receptions in an Oilers uniform. Slaughter, unlike Hennigan and Wright, did not begin his career with the Titans/Oilers but joined the club after six seasons in Cleveland.

Wright has played in all 15 games this season after missing one contest as a rookie due to injury. His 153 career receptions have produced 1,655 yards and six touchdowns.

Fewest games needed to reach 150 receptions, franchise history:

30 – Kendall Wright (2012-13)
30 – Charlie Hennigan (1960-61)
35 – Webster Slaughter* (1992-93)

* Slaughter had six previous years of NFL experience with Cleveland prior to his time with the Oilers. Hennigan and Wright played their first two NFL seasons with the Oilers/Titans.


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First Look: Titans vs. Texans

Posted by Craig Peters on December 24, 2013 – 1:37 am

The Titans (6-9) host the Texans (2-13) on Dec. 29 at LP Field in the regular season finale. Here’s a first glance at the matchup:

Recent action

Tennessee defeated Jacksonville 20-16 on the road last week to record its sixth win of the season and match its total from 2012. The Titans got 91 rushing yards and a touchdown from Shonn Greene, 90 rushing yards from Chris Johnson and six catches for 117 yards and the game-winning score from Nate Washington. Tennessee’s defense held Jacksonville to 85 net yards and three points in the second half to allow the team to rally from a 10-point deficit in the game’s final 24 minutes. Houston fell 37-13 (after trailing 16-13 in the third quarter) in its home finale to Denver. Injuries to Arian Foster and Ben Tate have hurt the Texans’ offense, but the defense is still solid.

Team stat comparisons

Shonn Greene rushed 19 times for 91 yards and a touchdown at Jacksonville.

Shonn Greene rushed 19 times for 91 yards and a touchdown at Jacksonville.

Tennessee’s Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 19th (338.6)
Rushing Yards/Game: 15th (116.2)
Passing Yards/Game: 21st (222.4)
Turnover Ratio: Minus-3 (tied for 18th in NFL)

Houston’s Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 7th (318.0)
Rushing Yards/Game: 24th (120.5)
Passing Yards/Game: 3rd (197.5)
Points Allowed/Game: 26th (27.5)

Tennessee’s Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 15th (341.3)
Rushing Yards/Game: 20th (115.3)
Passing Yards/Game: 10th (225.9)
Points Allowed/Game: 19th (24.7)

Houston’s Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 11th (351.2)
Rushing Yards/Game: 19th (111.9)
Passing Yards/Game: 16th (239.3)
Turnover Ratio: Minus-17 (tied for 31st in NFL)

Series history

The Titans lead 14-9, despite dropping the past three meetings, four of the past six and five of the past eight.

The previous meeting

Houston was able to rally for a 30-24 overtime victory in Week 2 with a touchdown run by Foster, who added a two-point conversion late in regulation, and a TD pass from Matt Schaub to DeAndre Hopkins in overtime.

The Titans took a 24-16 lead with 3:07 remaining in the game after Alterraun Verner returned an interception of Matt Schaub 23 yards for a touchdown. Verner’s “pick 6” followed a nine-play, 99-yard touchdown drive that was capped with a 10-yard pass from Jake Locker to Delanie Walker for a 17-16 lead with 6:37 left in the fourth quarter. Locker also threw a touchdown to Kendall Wright in the first quarter.

Outlook

The Titans are trying to record their second straight win for the second time this season and snap a five-game losing streak at home. Tennessee was pleased with the rushing attack that outgained Jacksonville 182-63 Sunday and wouldn’t mind having another game with nearly a 2:1 run:pass ratio. The Texans have lost 13 in a row but eight of those have been decided by seven points or less. A preseason pick for the Super Bowl by many, Houston is now in contention for the top overall pick in the draft that is awarded to the team with the worst record.

The turnover ratio has loomed the largest for both teams this season. Tennessee is 6-2 when it has a turnover ratio of even or better and 0-7 when it doesn’t. The Texans, meanwhile, are minus-17 in turnover ratio, undermining a defense that ranks seventh in yards allowed, third in passing yards allowed and seventh in opponents’ third down conversion percentage (35.0).


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First Look: Titans at Jaguars

Posted by Craig Peters on December 18, 2013 – 8:16 am

The Titans (5-9) visit the Jaguars (4-10) on Dec. 22 at EverBank Field. Here’s a first glance at the matchup:

Recent action

Tennessee fell 37-34 in overtime against Arizona last week in a game that eliminated it from postseason contention. The Titans scored 17 points in the final 3:12 of regulation to tie the game against the Cardinals but lost in overtime. Ryan Fitzpatrick set career highs in completions (36), attempts (58) and yards (402) and tied a career high with four touchdown passes, and Kendall Wright led receivers with career highs of 12 catches for 150 yards to go over 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his two-year career. The Jaguars lost 27-20 to the Bills Sunday but have won four of six in a stretch that began Nov. 10 at Tennessee.

Team stat comparisons

Ryan Fitzpatrick set career highs in completions (36), attempts (58) and yards (402) against Arizona.

Ryan Fitzpatrick set career highs in completions (36), attempts (58) and yards (402) against Arizona.

Tennessee’s Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 21st (338.1)
Rushing Yards/Game: 20th (111.5)
Passing Yards/Game: 21st (226.6)
Turnover Ratio: Minus-3 (tied for 18th in NFL)

Jacksonville’s Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 28th (381.8)
Rushing Yards/Game: 30th (131.9)
Passing Yards/Game: 19th (249.9)
Points Allowed/Game: tied at 30th (28.5)

Tennessee’s Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 14th (345)
Rushing Yards/Game: 23rd (119.1)
Passing Yards/Game: 10th (225.9)
Points Allowed/Game: tied at 19th (25.4)

Jacksonville’s Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 31st (290.1)
Rushing Yards/Game: 29th (82.5)
Passing Yards/Game: 26th (207.6)
Turnover Ratio: Minus-4 (tied for 21st in NFL)

Series history

The Titans lead 21-17 (including a 33-14 win in the 1999 AFC Championship game on Jan. 23, 2000 at Jacksonville). The teams have split in each of the past four seasons, with Jacksonville claiming the first matchup and Tennessee taking the second in each of the past two seasons.

The previous meeting

The Titans fell behind 13-0 after a fumble by Chris Johnson on the first play from scrimmage of the game that led to a Jaguars touchdown and a pair of field goals by Josh Scobee, one of which followed an interception. Tennessee also lost Jake Locker for the rest of the season to a Lisfranc injury. Locker tried to play through the pain but was unable to complete a handoff to Chris Johnson a play after the injury, resulting in a fumbled exchange between the QB and Johnson in Jaguars territory. Ryan Fitzpatrick replaced Locker and helped the Titans score 20 points in the second half, but Will Blackmon blitzed, stripped the QB and returned the ball 21 yards for a touchdown to help Jacksonville win 29-27.

Outlook

This one is personal to the Titans, who enter the game with five losses in the past six, a streak that began when the teams last met and Tennessee was 4-4. The Titans have been unable to recover from that game in the win column but want to finish the season with a fight. After allowing 28 or more points in six of their first eight games, the Jaguars have allowed 28 points one time in their past six. Jacksonville was outscored 264-86 in its first eight games, but has played even (135 to 135) in its past six.


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Titans Score TD to End First Quarter

Posted by Craig Peters on December 15, 2013 – 4:09 pm

The Tennessee Titans answered a touchdown drive by the Arizona Cardinals with a touchdown drive.

Ryan Fitzpatrick and Chris Johnson celebrate their TD pass that ended the first quarter.

Ryan Fitzpatrick and Chris Johnson celebrate their TD pass that ended the first quarter.

Ryan Fitzpatrick got solid initial blocking, then bought extra time in the pocket and found Chris Johnson down the left sideline through a window in the defense. Johnson caught the ball, smoothly accelerated and made a nifty cut intl the end zone for a 10-7 lead as the first quarter expired. The drive also included a 12-yard run by Johnson and a 22-yard pass from Fitzpatrick to Delanie Walker on a cleverly designed play.

The Titans took a 3-0 lead on the Arizona Cardinals with 9:34 left in the first quarter at LP Field.

Rob Bironas kicked a 45-yard field goal to cap an eight-play, 37-yard drive that lasted 4:28.

The Titans won the coin toss, deferred and forced a quick three-and-punt by the Cardinals.

Leon Washington returned the punt nine yards, and Fitzpatrick opened with consecutive completions to Nate Washington and Walker. Johnson gained 6 on his first carry, and Tennessee followed with a screen pass to Kendall Wright that gained 7.

Johnson added runs of 2 and 5 to bring up a third-and-3. Fitzpatrick lost the ball as he was trying to elude pressure, but center Brian Schwenke caught the ball and plowed forward two yards to set up the field goal.

Arizona responded with a nine-play, 77-yard drive that Rashard Mendenhall ended with a 1-yard TD run. Carson Palmer was 3-of-3 passing for 53 yards on the drive.

The Cardinals tied the game at 10 on a 25-yard field goal by Jay Feely with 7:21 left in the first half to end a 13-play, 67-yard drive that lasted 7:39.


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First Look: Titans at Colts

Posted by Craig Peters on November 26, 2013 – 10:43 am

The Titans (5-6) visit the Colts (7-4) on Dec. 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Here’s a first glance at the matchup:

Recent action

Tennessee defeated Oakland 23-19 on Nov. 24 by executing a 14-play, 80-yard drive that started with 6:10 left in the game and ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Kendall Wright with 10 seconds left. Fitzpatrick celebrated his 31st birthday by completing 30 of 42 passes for 320 yards, Wright had six catches for 103 yards, and rookie Justin Hunter had six catches for 109 yards, including a 54-yard catch-and-run TD. Indianapolis is coming off a 40-11 loss at Arizona in which the Cardinals built a 27-3 lead with two TD catches by Larry Fitzgerald and a 22-yard interception return for a score by Karlos Dansby. This will be the second meeting between the Titans and Colts in a three-game span. Indianapolis claimed the first with a 30-27 comeback win on Nov. 14.

Team stat comparisons

In his past three outings, Ryan Fitzpatrick is 74-of-103 passing (71.8 percent) for 806 yards and five touchdowns.

In his past three outings, Ryan Fitzpatrick is 74-of-103 passing (71.8 percent) for 806 yards and five touchdowns.

Tennessee’s Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 17th (333.8)
Rushing Yards/Game: 16th (112.5)
Passing Yards/Game: 21st (221.4)
Turnover Ratio: Plus-5 (10th in NFL)

Indianapolis’ Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 23rd (369.1)
Rushing Yards/Game: 27th (125.5)
Passing Yards/Game: 19th (243.5)
Points Allowed/Game: tied at 15th (23.6)

Tennessee’s Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 11th (332.3)
Rushing Yards/Game: 17th (114.9)
Passing Yards/Game: 7th (217.4)
Points Allowed/Game: tied at 10th (22.3)

Indianapolis’ Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 14th (339.8)
Rushing Yards/Game: 18th (109.9)
Passing Yards/Game: 18th (229.9)
Turnover Ratio: Plus-3 (tied for 13th in NFL)

Series history

The Titans trail 24-14 in 38 meetings (including the Divisional playoff game during Tennessee’s run to Super Bowl XXXIV). Tennessee has lost the past four in the series that began in 1970 when the American Football League merged into the NFL, and Indianapolis joined the AFC. The Colts won the last meeting they hosted 27-23 (Dec. 9, 2012).

The previous meeting

The Titans sprinted out of the gate to a 17-6 lead but stumbled during a critical stretch early in the third quarter and were unable to complete a rally.

Chris Johnson rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns (30 and 7 yards) on 13 carries in the first half, and Fitzpatrick locked in on crossing routes to Wright and Delanie Walker, but the Titans had to settle for a field goal on a drive that included 41 yards on three consecutive penalties by the Colts late in the second quarter.

Indianapolis put together a drive for a field goal before the half and an 11-play, 74-yard TD drive to open the third quarter. The Colts then capitalized on a fumbled kick return by Devon Wylie that gave them the ball at the Tennessee 20-yard line and scored two plays later to take a 20-17 lead. The Titans had just three offensive plays in the third quarter.

Fitzpatrick finished 22-of-28 passing for 222 yards with a late TD pass to Walker (10 catches, 91 yards) for a passer rating of 111.6.

Outlook

This game has implications for the AFC South standings and the final Wild Card spot in the playoffs. Tennessee has an opportunity to move within one game of Indianapolis for four games to follow.

The Titans are one of six AFC teams with a 5-6 record and currently hold an edge in the tiebreaker process. With road trips to Denver (9-2) and a home contest against Arizona (7-4) following this game, the Titans know the importance of settling a score against the Colts.

Tennessee is 3-2 on the road this season but is yet to win in five games at Lucas Oil Stadium, which opened in 2008.

Fitzpatrick has had a passer rating of 109 or higher in his past three games (two starts, one relief appearance for injured Jake Locker), and Johnson had a season-high 150 rushing yards the last time he played on artificial turf in St. Louis (Nov. 3).

The Titans want to do better against the run than they did the first time against the Colts (32 rushes for 137 yards and three TDs), as well as containing TE Coby Fleener, who had eight receptions for 107 yards.

Tennessee is 5-2 when it has an even or positive turnover ratio this season and 0-4 when it has a negative turnover ratio.


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First Look: Titans at Raiders

Posted by Craig Peters on November 19, 2013 – 8:01 am

The Titans (4-6) visit the Raiders (4-6) on Nov. 24 at the O.co Coliseum. Here’s a first glance at the matchup:

Recent action

Tennessee lost to the Colts 30-27 on Nov. 14 after being unable to protect a 17-6 halftime lead. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick made his third start of the season and was 22-of-28 passing for 222 yards, Chris Johnson had two rushing TDs, and Delanie Walker had career highs of 10 catches for 91 yards and a TD. Oakland is coming off a 28-23 road win at Houston keyed by undrafted rookie Matt McGloin’s three TD passes in his first NFL start in place of injured QB Terrell Pryor (knee). The Raiders jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, allowed 17 unanswered in the second, responded with 14 in the third and prevented a late rally.

Team stat comparisons

Kendall Wright is leading the Titans with 59 catches for 660 yards.

Kendall Wright is leading the Titans with 59 catches for 660 yards.

Tennessee’s Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 21st (324.6)
Rushing Yards/Game: 15th (112.3)
Passing Yards/Game: 23rd (212.3)
Turnover Ratio: Plus-3 (tied for 12th in NFL)

Oakland’s Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 17th (350.3)
Rushing Yards/Game: 6th (97.6)
Passing Yards/Game: 25th (252.7)
Points Allowed/Game: 20th (24.6)

Tennessee’s Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 10th (330.2)
Rushing Yards/Game: 20th (117.1)
Passing Yards/Game: 7th (213.1)
Points Allowed/Game: 13th (22.6)

Oakland’s Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 16th (331.6)
Rushing Yards/Game: 4th (145.4)
Passing Yards/Game: 31st (186.4)
Turnover Ratio: Even (tied for 16th in NFL)

Series history

The Titans trail 27-19 in 46 meetings (including four postseason contests won by the Raiders). Tennessee has won the past two (both at home) in the series that began in the first game for both franchises (Sept. 11, 1960) during the launch of the American Football League. Oakland won 40-35 the last time it hosted Tennessee (Dec. 19, 2004).

The previous meeting

Johnson rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns (including a 76-yard score in the second quarter) to help Tennessee cruise to a 38-13 victory in the 2010 season opener.

The Titans rushed for 205 yards, and Vince Young was an efficient 13-of-17 passing for 154 yards with a 56-yard TD to Nate Washington and a 1-yard TD to Bo Scaife.

Tennessee’s defense sacked Jason Campbell four times, forced two fumbles (recovered one) and intercepted him once and held Oakland to 3-for-14 on third down conversions.

Outlook

This game pits 4-6 teams against each other to vie to stay within reach of the final spot in the AFC playoffs. The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins are both 5-5, six teams (Oakland, Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Cleveland and San Diego) in the conference are 4-6, and Buffalo is 4-7.

After winning at St. Louis to move to 4-4, Tennessee lost consecutive games by a combined five points. This is the first of three consecutive road games for the Titans, who are 2-2 on the road this season.

Tennessee has held five of 10 opponents to 21 points or less this season, but turnover ratio has been the most critical stat. When the Titans have a positive turnover ratio, they are 3-1, but when they are even or have a negative ratio, they are 1-5. The Titans haven’t had a positive turnover ratio since Sept. 29.

Kendall Wright leads Titans receivers with 59 catches for 660 yards has one TD, and Walker has career highs of 39 catches, 403 yards and five TDs.

The Raiders’ rushing attack has been solid with the combination of Pryor (68 rushes for 504 yards), Rashad Jennings (93 carries for 480 yards) and Darren McFadden (98 for 352). Jennings had an 80-yard TD run last week out of the “wildcat” formation. The trio has eight rushing TDs combined.


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Chris Johnson Opens with 70 yards, 2 TDs on First 8 Carries

Posted by Craig Peters on November 14, 2013 – 8:04 pm

ImageChris Johnson rushed for 70 yards and two touchdowns on his first eight carries to give Tennessee a 14-0 edge on Indianapolis with 4:06 left in the first quarter.

Johnson capped the Titans’ opening drive with a 30-yard touchdown run, his longest rush of the season, to give Tennessee a 7-0 lead.

The Titans opened the drive firing with four straight pass plays, and after Ryan Fitzpatrick was sacked for a loss of one on the opening snap, the QB retaliated with consecutive completions to Delanie Walker.

Fitzpatrick, making his third start as a Titan, then converted third-and-9 with a 17-yard completion to Kendall Wright and found Wright again for a gain of 11 to move to the Colts’ 30-yard line. Johnson scored a play later.

The run equaled his rushing output on 12 carries the previous game against Jacksonville.

The Titans followed with an 11-play, 68-yard drive that ended with three solid runs by Johnson. He used his speed to get to the outside for a gain of 5, then followed by aggressively finishing runs of 8 and 7 yards.


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First Look: Titans vs. Colts

Posted by Craig Peters on November 12, 2013 – 10:45 am

The Titans (4-5) host the Colts (6-3) on Nov. 14 at LP Field. Here’s a first glance at the matchup:

Recent action

Tennessee lost to the Jaguars 29-27 on Nov. 10, committing four turnovers. QB Jake Locker suffered a season-ending foot injury and will be replaced by veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick. Indianapolis is coming off a 38-8 home loss to St. Louis. The Colts are 7-0 in weeks following a loss in the past two seasons, including a 27-7 win at San Francisco and a 39-33 win over Denver this year.

Team stat comparisons

Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at QB for the Titans for the third time this season.

Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at QB for the Titans for the third time this season.

Tennessee’s Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 21st (322.9)
Rushing Yards/Game: 13th (111.2)
Passing Yards/Game: 23rd (211.7)
Turnover Ratio: Plus-4 (tied for 9th in NFL)

Indianapolis’ Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 21st (367.8)
Rushing Yards/Game: 26th (126.6)
Passing Yards/Game: 18th (241.2)
Points Allowed/Game: 9th (21.4)

Tennessee’s Defensive Rankings:
Yards/Game 9th (326.2)
Rushing Yards/Game 21st (114.9)
Passing Yards/Game 8th (211.3)
Points Allowed/Game: 10th (21.8)

Indianapolis’ Offensive Rankings:
Yards/Game: 13th (348.1)
Rushing Yards/Game 15th (110.2)
Passing Yards/Game 15th (237.9)
Turnover Ratio Plus-3 (11th)

Series history

The Titans trail 23-14 in 37 meetings (including the 1999 AFC Divisional that Tennessee won). Indianapolis has a three-game win streak in the rivalry that’s included two meetings every year since 2002 when the NFL went to its current division alignment.

The previous meeting

Tennessee built a 13-point lead at halftime, opening with an 80-yard drive that ended with a touchdown pass from Jake Locker to Jared Cook, a pair of field goals by Rob Bironas and a 40 interception return for a touchdown by Will Witherspoon, but lost 27-23.

Indianapolis engineered an 80-yard drive of its own to open the second half that included three third-down conversions (two passes and a 1-yard TD run by Delone Carter), and seized the lead on a 3-yard interception return for a touchdown by Cassius Vaughn.

The Titans moved to the Colts’ 2-yard line but had to settle for another field goal by Bironas to give Tennessee a 23-21 lead four minutes into the fourth quarter, but Indianapolis added a pair of field goals by Adam Vinatieri.

Outlook

This is Tennessee’s first and only scheduled prime-time appearance of 2013, and the fourth time Indianapolis will start a game under the lights this season. The Colts are 2-1 in those games, with a loss at San Diego and wins against Denver and Houston, and are 6-0 in franchise history on NFL Network.

After winning at St. Louis to move to 4-4, Tennessee’s players talked about the importance of defeating Jacksonville last week to make the matchup with the Indianapolis even more important. The Titans received help from the Rams against the Colts last week, but lost to the Jaguars. That outcome, ironically, has made this matchup even more critical. Instead of an opportunity to seize first place in the AFC South, Tennessee needs to win to move within one game of Indianapolis. A loss would put the Titans three back of the Colts with six games to go.

Tennessee has held five of nine opponents to 21 points or less this season. Alterraun Verner is tied for the NFL lead with five interceptions, and Jurrell Casey has a team-best seven sacks.

Fitzpatrick relieved Locker against Jacksonville and had his strongest passing performance of 2013, completing 22 of 33 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a short TD, but lost a fumble that was returned 21 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Kendall Wright leads Titans receivers with 50 catches for 580 yards has one TD.

The Colts are led by second-year QB Andrew Luck, who is 183-for-311 passing for 2,198 yards and 14 TDs against six interceptions (87.5 passer rating) this season. Indianapolis is adjusting to playing without long-time great Reggie Wayne, who suffered a season-ending injury on Oct. 20. T.Y. Hilton leads Colts receivers with 41 catches for 663 yards and five TDs.

Although it executed a trade for Trent Richardson from Cleveland, Indianapolis has struggled to run the football with former first-round pick. He has 88 attempts for 250 yards (2.8 per carry) with two scores. Luck poses a running threat, as well, accounting for 200 yards and three scores on 32 attempts.

Robert Mathis has a career-high and team-best 13.5 sacks this season.


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Fitzpatrick Replaces Injured Locker, Throws TD

Posted by Craig Peters on November 10, 2013 – 1:49 pm

Ryan Fitzpatrick stepped in for Jake Locker (foot injury, questionable to return) with 4:25 remaining in the first half and led the Titans on a scoring drive.

Fitzpatrick was 5-for-5 for 53 yards and a touchdown pass to Taylor Thompson with 41 seconds before halftime. Fitzpatrick faked a handoff to Chris Johnson and rolled to his right, finding the tight end in the end zone. It was the first target and catch of the season for Thompson and first touchdown of his two-year career.

Fitzpatrick opened the drive with a screen to Johnson, which gained 10, but a penalty against Kendall Wright for an illegal block moved the ball back to the Tennessee 48-yard line, where the drive began.

Fitzpatrick connected with Justin Hunter for 11 on the next play, and with Wright for gains of 15 (on third-and-2) and 8 during the eight-play, 52-yard drive that spanned 3:44.

The Titans trailed 13-7 at halftime.


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