Titans at Texans NFL Week Four Capsule

TENNESSEE TITANS (1-2) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (2-1)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

TITANS TEXANS
SERIES LEADER 15-13  
STREAKS   7 of past 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Mularkey: 1-3 Bill O’Brien: 4-0
LAST WEEK L 17-10 vs. Oakland L 27-0 at New England
LAST GAME 12/27/15: Texans 34 at Titans 6. Houston QB Brandon Weeden throws for 200 yards with 2 TDs & adds TD run. Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has 7 catches for 117 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/1/15: Texans 20, Titans 6. Houston QB Brian Hoyer throws for 235 yards & 2 TDs. Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has 8 catches for 94 yards & TD.
REFEREE Clete Blakeman
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Tom McCarthy, Adam Archuleta. SIRIUS: 157 (ten), 136 (Hou). XM: 383 (Ten), 230 (Hou).

STATS

PASSING Marcus Mariota: 67-107-723-4-4-79.3 Brock Osweiler: 65-109-695-3-4-72.2
RUSHING DeMarco Murray: 41-245-6.0-1 Lamar Miller: 74-269-3.6-0
RECEIVING DeMarco Murray (RB): 17-132-7.8-2 DeAndre Hopkins: 16-223-13.9-2
OFFENSE 357.3 326.3
TAKE/GIVE -5 -2
DEFENSE 348.0 277.0
SACKS Brian Orakpo: 2.5 John Simon: 2.5
INTs Perrish Cox, Avery Williamson: 1 Andre Hal: 1
PUNTING Brett Kern: 48.9 Shane Lechler: 49.1
KICKING Ryan Succop: 12 (3/3 PAT; 3/4 FG) Nick Novak: 24 (3/3 PAT; 7/8 FG)

NOTES

TITANS: QB MARCUS MARIOTA has 866 pass yards, 5 TDs & 92.6 rating with 141 rush yards & 2 TDs in past 3 vs. division. In 7 career road games, has 1,612 pass yards, 12 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 104.9 rating with rush TD & rec. TD…Since 2013, RB DE MARCO MURRAY leads NFL with 29 rush TDs & is 2nd with 3,913 rush yards. In only meeting (10/5/14 with Dal.), had 192 scrimmage yards (136 rush, 56 rec.)…TE DELANIE WALKER had 15 catches in 2 meetings last year. WR ANDRE JOHNSON played 12 seasons with Hou. (2003-14) & is franchise leader in catches (1,012), yards (13,597) & rec. TDs (64). Is active leader in catches (1,057) and rec. yards (14,139)…Since 2013, DT JURRELL CASEY has 23 sacks, 2nd most by NFL DT. LB BRIAN ORAKPO had sack in last game at Hou. S RASHAD JOHNSON is only player in NFL with 15+ INTs (15) & 3+ INT-TDs (3) since 2012 (incl. playoffs)…TEXANS: Have won 5 regular-season home games in row…QB BROCK OSWEILER is 2-0 at home with Hou…RB LAMAR MILLER rushed for 113 yards & TD in last meeting (10/18/15 with Mia.)…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 24 catches for 449 yards (149.7 per game) & 4 TDs in past 3 meetings. Had career-high 238 yards (9 catches, 2 TDs) vs. Ten. on 11/30/14. Rookie WR WILL FULLER has 9 catches for 211 yards (105.5 per game) & TD in 1st 2 home games. Leads NFL rookies with 242 rec. yards…DE J.J. WATT has 14.5 sacks, 6 FFs, 2 FRs, 7 PD & rec. TD in past 8 meetings. Has sack in 8 consecutive vs. Ten. & has 2+ sacks in 6 of past 8 meetings. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 76 sacks, most in NFL. LB WHITNEY MERCILUS had 3.5 sacks in last home game vs. Ten. Has 8.5 sacks in past 5 (incl. playoffs). LB BERNARDRICK MC KINNEY had career-high 16 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY has 3 sacks in past 3 at home.

Titans Fall Flat in Second Half; Lose to Raiders at Home 17-10

Raiders Titans

Derek Carr threw for 249 yards and a touchdown, and the Oakland Raiders beat the Tennessee Titans 17-10 Sunday with their defense finally coming up with some big plays.

The Raiders (2-1) forced three turnovers and had a sack after coming into this game having given up more yards than any team since at least 1940 through the first two games. Coach Jack Del made a couple of lineup changes, starting linebacker Cory James and rookie safety Karl Joseph, their top draft pick.

Oakland never trailed and took control in the second quarter, scoring 10 points and outgaining the Titans 129-40 to take a 17-3 lead into halftime.

The Titans (1-2) rallied from a 15-3 deficit a week ago in beating Detroit 16-15, and they thought they at least had forced overtime when Marcus Mariota found Andre Johnson alone in the end zone for a touchdown. But officials flagged Johnson for interference on Raiders cornerback TJ Carrie.

Raiders vs Titans NFL Week 3 Inactives

Raiders

QB Connor Cook, CB Dexter McDonald, CB Antonio Hamilton, T Matt McCants, T Austin Howard, TE Mychal Rivera

Titans

TE Delanie Walker, WR Kendall Wright (hamstring), CB Curtis Riley, CB LeShaun Sims, OLB Aaron Wallace, OG Sebastian Tretola, and DT Austin Johnson.

Raiders vs Titans NFL Week 3 Capsule

OAKLAND RAIDERS (1-1) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (1-1)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  RAIDERS TITANS
SERIES LEADER 24-20  
STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Jack Del Rio: 9-10 Mike Mularkey: 0-4
LAST WEEK L 35-28 vs. Atlanta W 16-15 at Detroit
LAST GAME 11/29/15: Raiders 24 at Titans 21. Oakland QB Derek Carr throws for 330 yards & 3 TDs, including GW 12-yard TD to Seth Roberts with 1:21 remaining.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/29/15
REFEREE Tony Corrente
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 137 (Oak), 146 (Ten). XM: 388 (Oak), 229 (Ten).

STATS

PASSING Derek Carr: 58-83-618-4-0-107.4 Marcus Mariota: 50-74-509-4-2-93.8
RUSHING Latavius Murray: 22-116-5.3-2 DeMarco Murray: 25-131-5.2-0
RECEIVING Amari Cooper: 11-208-18.9-0 DeMarco Murray (RB): 12-91-7.6-2
OFFENSE 470.0 339.5
TAKE/GIVE +2 -3
DEFENSE 517.5 338.0
SACKS Bruce Irvin, Stacy McGee: 1 Brian Orakpo: 2
INTs David Amerson: 1 Perrish Cox: 1
PUNTING Marquette King: 51.3 Brett Kern: 46.6
KICKING Sebastian Janikowski: 11 (5/5 PAT; 2/3 FG) Ryan Succop: 8 (2/2 PAT; 2/3 FG)

NOTES

RAIDERS: QB DEREK CARR won only start vs. Ten., completing 24 of 37 (64.9 pct.) for 330 yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.3 rating. Has 107.4 rating & ties for NFL lead with 58 comp. & 0 INTs…RB LATAVIUS MURRAY has 3 career 100-yard rush games & Raiders are 3-0. Oak. is 4-1 when Murray has 21+ carries. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD…WR AMARI COOPER had 7 catches for 115 yards in last meeting. Has 6 career 100-yard rec. games & Raiders are 5-1. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has TD in 3 of past 4. Had TD catch in last game vs. Ten. In last meeting, WR SETH ROBERTS had career-high 6 catches, 113 yards & 2 TDs. TE CLIVE WALFORD had career-high 6 catches last week & had 31-yard TD…DE KHALIL MACK has 10 sacks & 12 TFL in past 8. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. CB DAVID AMERSON had INT in last meeting. S REGGIE NELSON had INT in last game vs. Ten. (9/21/14 with Cin.). Since entering NFL in 2007, is only active player with 30+ INTs (30) & 5+ sacks (6.5). Since 2014, LB BRUCE IRVIN is 1 of 2 in NFL with 10+ sacks (13) & 2+ INT-TDs (2)…TITANS: QB MARCUS MARIOTA had 3 TDs in last meeting. Has 4 career games with 3+ TD passes. Threw GW TD pass to WR ANDRE JOHNSON last week with 1:13 remaining to cap comeback win (trailed by 12 points)…Since 2013, RB DE MARCO MURRAY leads active players with 28 rush TDs & is 2nd with 3,799 rush yards. Rushed for career-high 3 TDs in last game vs. Oak. (11/28/13 with Dal.). FB JALSTON FOWLER had rec. TD in last meeting…TE DELANIE WALKER had 6 catches for 91 yards in last meeting. Had 6 catches for 83 yards & TD last week. WR Johnson has 16 catches for 190 yards (95 per game) in past 2 vs. Oak. Is active leader in catches (1,057) and rec. yards (14,139)…Since 2013, DT JURRELL CASEY has 22.5 sacks, 2nd most by NFL DT. LB BRIAN ORAKPO had 2 sacks last week. Has 49 career sacks. Rookie LB KEVIN DODD had 1st career sack last week. S RASHAD JOHNSON is only player in NFL with 15+ INTs (15) & 3+ INT-TDs (3) since 2012 (incl. playoffs).

Titans Rally Late; Top Lions in Detroit 16-15 to Improve to 1-1

Tennessee Titans v Detroit Lions

Marcus Mariota moved the Tennessee Titans down the field like a savvy veteran, not a second-year pro, and completed all nine of his throws to complete a comeback a week after his turnovers hurt his team’s shot to win.

Mariota converted a fourth down with a perfectly lofted 9-yard touchdown pass to Andre Johnson with 1:13 left, lifting the Titans to a 16-15 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

“They came out in a look that we had kind of anticipated,” Mariota said. “Looking at it, we had a matchup with Andre on a linebacker. We felt that we could kind of exploit that a little bit, and he made a great play. I just tried to give him a chance.”

Mariota, the No. 2 pick of the 2015 NFL draft, dropped the pass over linebacker Tahir Whitehead to Johnson, the No. 3 pick overall in 2013, just before safety Rafael Bush could get to him to potentially break up the pass.

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Titans Toppled by Big Plays; Fall to Vikings in Opener 25-16

Minnesota Vikings v Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans made sure Adrian Peterson wouldn’t hurt them.

So the Minnesota defense took control.

Eric Kendricks returned an interception 77 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter and Danielle Hunter scored a 24-yard TD off a fumble return and the Vikings beat Tennessee 25-16 in their season opener Sunday.

The Vikings forced three turnovers in the span of just under seven minutes and also had two sacks.

“The defense came through for us and made some big plays,” Peterson said. “They pretty much bailed us out today.”

The defending NFC North champs needed the help from their defense in scoring 25 straight points after being shut out in the first half with the NFL’s 2015 rushing leader smothered.

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Vikings at Titans NFL Week One Capsule

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT TENNESSEE TITANS

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  VIKINGS TITANS
SERIES LEADER 8-4  
STREAKS 5 of past 6  
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Zimmer: 0-0 Mike Mularkey: 0-1
LAST GAME 10/07/12: Titans 7 at Vikings 30. Minnesota QB Christian Ponder throws for 258 yards & 2 TDs. Vikings WR Percy Harvin has 108 receiving yards & scores 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush).
LAST GAME AT SITE 09/28/08: Titans 30, Vikings 17. Tennessee rushes for 3 TDs led by RBs Chris Johnson (2) & LenDale White (1). Titans’ defense forces 4 turnovers (3 FR, 1 INT) & records 4 sacks.
REFEREE Walt Coleman
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Dick Stockton, Chris Spielman, Krista Pink (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 136 (Min), 121 (Ten). XM: 226 (Min), 228 (Ten).

2015 STATS

PASSING Sam Bradford (Phi.): 346-532-3725-19-14-86.4 Marcus Mariota: 230-370-2818-19-10-91.5
RUSHING Adrian Peterson: 327-1485 (1L)-4.5-11 (T1L) DeMarco Murray (Phi.): 193-702-3.6-6
RECEIVING Stefon Diggs: 52-720-13.8-4 Delanie Walker (TE): 94-1088-11.6-6
OFFENSE 321.2 311.8
TAKE/GIVE +5 -14
DEFENSE 344.2 342.2
SACKS Everson Griffen: 10.5 Jurrell Casey, Brian Orakpo: 7
INTs Terence Newman: 3 4 tied: 1
PUNTING Jeff Locke: 41.6 Brett Kern: 47.4
KICKING Blair Walsh: 135 (33/37 PAT; 34/39 FG) Ryan Succop: 71 (29/31 PAT; 14/16 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: Won NFC North last season, 1st division title since 2009…QB SAM BRADFORD passed for career-high 3,725 yards with 19 TDs last year with Phi. Set single-season Eagles records for comp. (346) & comp. pct. (65.03)…RB ADRIAN PETERSON led NFL in rushing (1,485 yards) & tied for NFL lead with 11 rush TDs last year. Is 1 of 3 in NFL history (HOFers MARION MOTLEY & CURTIS MARTIN) to lead NFL in rushing at 30+ years old…WR STEFON DIGGS led NFC rookies with 720 rec. yards & ranked 2nd with 52 catches in 2015. KR-WR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON led NFL with 31.8 KR avg. & 2 KR-TDs last year. Since entering NFL in 2013, leads NFL with 30.1 KR avg. & 4 KR-TDs…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN reached 10+ sacks (10.5) for 2nd consecutive season in 2015. LB ERIC KENDRICKS led team with 92 tackles last year. LB ANTHONY BARR had 67 tackles last year & has 65+ tackles in each of 1st 2 NFL seasons. CB TERENCE NEWMAN (12) led club in PD & INT (3) in 2015, his most INT in season since 2011 (4 with Dal.)… TITANS: MIKE MULARKEY was named 18th head coach in team history in Jan…QB MARCUS MARIOTA had 4 games with 3+ TD passes in 2015, tying PEYTON MANNING for most by rookie. Became only rookie in NFL history to have 2 games with 4+ pass TDs & 0 INTs…RB DE MARCO MURRAY makes Ten. debut. Since 2013, leads all active players with 28 rush TDs & is 2nd with 3,668 rush yards. RB DERRICK HENRY was selected No. 45 overall in 2016 NFL Draft. Won 2015 Heisman Trophy at Alabama…TE DELANIE WALKER set franchise TE records with 94 catches & 1,088 rec. yards last year. WR ANDRE JOHNSON joins Ten. & is active leader in catches (1,053) and rec. yards (14,100). Averages 76.2 rec. yards per game, 4th best mark in NFL history (min. 100 games)…Since 2013, DT JURRELL CASEY has 22.5 sacks, 2nd most by NFL DT. LB BRIAN ORAKPO has 47 career sacks & needs 3 to reach 50. S RASHAD JOHNSON joins Ten. from Az. Is only player in NFL with 15+ INTs (15) & 3+ INT-TDs (3) since 2012 (incl. playoffs).

Titans Roster Cuts Include RB Bishop Sankey and WR Justin Hunter

Bishop Sankey

The Titans have released linebacker J.R. Tavai as they begin trimming the roster to 53 players. Jason Wolf and John Glennon of the Tennessean report.

The Titans must reduce their roster from 75 to 53 players by 3 p.m. Saturday, and a couple of notable names are on the bubble, none bigger than former second-round draft picks Justin Hunter and Bishop Sankey.

Hunter, the former University of Tennessee wide receiver, has not recorded 30 catches or 500 yards in any of his first three seasons since being drafted 34th overall in 2013. He played the bulk of the Titans’ 21-10 victory in the preseason finale against the Dolphins on Thursday night, finishing with three catches on five targets for 27 yards.

“I’m really at peace,” Hunter said. “I feel like I did good this camp, this preseason, so whatever happens happens. I’m not going to be mad about something if something doesn’t go my way or anything like that. But I’m hoping for the best. I can’t do nothing but wait. I feel like I still got to study plays, just in case I do make it or whatnot. But I’m just going to be chilling with my kids.”

Sankey, the first running back drafted in 2014, with the 54th overall pick, fell out of favor with the coaching staff last season and is buried on the depth chart behind DeMarco Murray, Derrick Henry, Dexter McCluster and apparently Antonio Andrews. He didn’t touch the ball until the second half Thursday and finished with 25 yards on eight carries. Sankey didn’t receive a carry in the previous game against the Raiders.

Earlier in the week, Sankey said he believed he still had the ability to be a starting running back in the NFL.

“Oh, yeah. Definitely. Definitely. Without a doubt,” he said. “I believe that about myself.”