Giants vs Titans NFL Week 14 Capsule

NEW YORK GIANTS (3-9) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (2-10)

SERIES

GIANTS TITANS
SERIES LEADER Series tied, 5-5
STREAKS   Past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Coughlin: 7-12 Whisenhunt: 1-2
LAST WEEK L 25-24 at Jaguars L 45-21 at Texans
LAST GAME 9/26/10: Titans 29 at Giants 10. Tennessee RB Chris Johnson rushes for 125 yards & 2 TDs. Titans WR Kenny Britt adds 13-yard TD catch in 3rd quarter.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/26/06: Titans 24, Giants 21. Tennessee rookie QB Vince Young leads comeback from 21-0 deficit, passing for 249 yards & 2 TDs & rushing for 69 yards & TD. CB Adam Jones has 2 INTs.
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, David Diehl, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 133 (NYG), 119 (Ten.). XM: 229 (Ten.).

STATS

PASSING
  1. Manning: 277-440-3080-22-12-89.0
Mettenberger (R): 93-155-1287-8-6-87.8
RUSHING Jennings: 154-598-3.9-4 Sankey (R): 122-474-3.9-2
RECEIVING Randle: 56-609-10.9-2 Wright: 51-633-12.4-5
OFFENSE 347.3 313.4
TAKE/GIVE -7 -6
DEFENSE 385.0 385.3
SACKS Pierre-Paul: 5 Casey: 5
INTs Rolle, Demps: 3 McCourty: 3
PUNTING Weatherford: 45.7 Kern: 46.1
KICKING
  1. Brown: 65 (32/32 PAT; 11/12 FG)
Succop: 63 (24/24 PAT; 13/15 FG)

NOTES

GIANTS: QB ELI MANNING passed for 386 yards in last meeting. In past 3 vs. AFC, has 5 TDs, 0 INTs & 100 rating. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rating & has 107.1 rating in past 2…RB RASHAD JENNINGS aims for 4th in row vs. Ten. with 100+ scrimmage yards or TD. Rushed for 91 yards & 2 TDs last week. Rookie RB ANDRE WILLIAMS leads NFC rookies with 5 rush TDs…Rookie WR ODELL BECKHAM, JR. led NFL with 593 yards in Nov. Is 1st rookie in NFL history with 90+ rec. yards in 5 games in calendar month. Aims for 7th in row with 90+ rec. yards or rec. TD. TE LARRY DONNELL ranks 2nd among NFC TEs with 6 TDs & TE DANIEL FELLS ties for 5th with 4. WR RUEBEN RANDLE leads team with career-high 56 catches…DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL has 10.5 sacks in past 15 vs. AFC, incl. 1.5 last week. Is only DE in NFL with 2 INT-TDs since 2012. Rookie LB DEVON KENNARD had 1st 2 career sacks last week. DE MATHIAS KIWANUKA had sack in last meeting. DT JOHNATHAN HANKINS had sack last week & has career-best 4.5 sacks…TITANS: In 5 career starts, rookie QB ZACH METTENBERGER (Rd. 6, No. 178 overall) has 1,270 passing yards & 8 TDs for 91.8 rating. Aims for 6th in row with TD pass…Rookie RB BISHOP SANKEY (Rd. 2, No. 54 overall) had 113 total yards last week (42 rush, 71 KR). Has 50+ total yards in 6 of past 7. Ranks 4th among AFC rookies in rush yards (474). RB SHONN GREENE has 3,938 career rush yards & needs 62 to reach 4,000 career…WR KENDALL WRIGHT led team with season-high 132 yards on 7 catches (18.9 avg.) & TD last week. Last week, WR NATE WASHINGTON had 5 catches for 61 yards, incl. 25-yard TD, & reached 400 career receptions. WR JUSTIN HUNTER (498) needs 2 rec. yards to reach 500 for 1st time in career. TE DELANIE WALKER ranks 2nd among AFC TEs in rec. yards (673) & has 44 catches with 4 TDs…In past 6 vs. NFC, DT JURRELL CASEY has 7.5 sacks & FF. S MICHAEL GRIFFIN leads team with 84 tackles. Had 12 tackles & FF in only career meeting. CB JASON MC COURTY had FF & FR last week vs. Hou.

Titans Place WR Justin Hunter On IR With Lacerated Spleen

The Titans put second-year wide receiver Justin Hunter on injured reserve Tuesday due to a lacerated spleen according to Jim Wyatt of the Nashville Tennessean.

It is a disappointing end for what has to be considered a disappointing season for a talented wideout many were expecting great things from in 2014.

Instead, Hunter was one of the league’s least-efficient receivers this season, averaging just 1.32 yards per route run. Hunter caught more than three passes in only 2-of-12 games, and astonishingly failed to log a single five-catch effort.

Hunter has all the ability in the world, but has thus far been able to match it with the proper football smarts. Issues at play-caller and quarterback have not helped. Still only 23, Hunter still has a chance to make a splash in the NFL but to date he has not inspired confidence in any predictions that 2015 will be his breakout year.

Titans Release Veteran LB Shaun Phillips

The Titans were hopeful they would get a boost to their defense from veteran Shaun Phillips. Now with five weeks left in the season, the Titans are cutting ties with him.

Reports say the team has let Phillips walk today, putting up just 19 tackles and two sacks this year for Tennessee.

Phillips has played in 11 games this season, with one start for the Titans. He played with the Broncos last season after playing 9 seasons with the Chargers from 2004 to 2012.

Titans Fall Behind Fast; Lose Badly to Eagles 43-24

The Titans got off to an awful start Sunday vs the Eagles, and things didn’t really get much better as the team fell to 2-9 with a 43-24 loss in Philadelphia.

Josh Huff started the long day for the Titans with a 107-yard kickoff return, and LeSean McCoy ran all over the Titans for 130 yards and a score.

Rookie QB Zach Mettenberger had 345 yards passing and two TDs and Delanie Walker had 155 yards receiving for the Titans, who were coming off a 27-24 loss Monday night to the Steelers.

Huff ran up the right side, broke a tackle inside the 30, cut to the right sideline and stiff-armed a defender at the Titans 20 on his way to the end zone for his first career TD.

His return was the longest in franchise history and the 10th non-offensive touchdown for Philadelphia this season.

After the first of four straight three-and-outs to start the game by the Titans, the Eagles went up 14-0 on a 4-yard TD run by Darren Sproles.

McCoy had a 2-yard TD run in the second quarter. Mark Sanchez fired a 14-yard TD pass to James Casey in the third quarter.

The Titans didn’t get a first down until Mettenberger threw a 40-yard TD pass to Justin Hunter on their fifth offensive series. Brandon Ghee intercepted Sanchez at the Eagles 30 to set up the score that cut it to 17-7.

Mettenberger tossed a 68-yard pass to Delanie Walker to start the next drive to set up Shonn Greene’s 2-yard TD run, cutting the deficit to 20-14.

Cody Parkey kicked field goals of 36, 26, 35, 40 and 50 yards but his 49-yard attempt hit the post at the end of the first half to snap his successful streak at 17.

The Eagles sacked Mettenberger five times, including 2 1/2 by Connor Barwin and two for Trent Cole.

Titans at Eagles NFL Week 12 Inactives

Titans: QB Charlie Whitehurst, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, DB Marqueston Huff, OT Will Svitek, TE Richard Gordon, DE Ropati Pitoitua.

Eagles: QB Nick Foles, CB Roc Carmichael, DB Jaylen Watkins, OL Julian Vandervelde, OL Dennis Kelly, WR Jeff Maehl, DL Taylor Hart.

Titans vs Eagles NFL Week 12 Capsule

TENNESSEE TITANS (2-8) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (7-3)

SERIES

TITANS EAGLES
SERIES LEADER 6-4
STREAKS Past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Whisenhunt: 3-1 Kelly: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 27-24 vs. Steelers L 53-20 at Packers
LAST GAME 10/24/10: Eagles 19 at Titans 37. Tennessee WR Kenny Britt catches 7 passes for 225 yards & 3 TDs (26, 80, 16). Titans CB Cortland Finnegan has 41-yard INT-TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/19/06: Titans 31, Eagles 13. Tennessee RB Travis Henry rushes for 143 yards, including 70-yard TD. Titans CB Adam Jones has 90-yard PR-TD & LB Keith Bulluck adds FR-TD.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Evan Washburn (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 119 (Ten.), 132 (Phi.). XM: 231 (Phi.).

STATS

PASSING Mettenberger (R): 60-97-758-5-4-86.2 Sanchez: 61-103-880-6-4-90.3
RUSHING Sankey (R): 102-395-3.9-2 McCoy: 196-729-3.7-2
RECEIVING Wright: 43-473-11.0-4 Maclin: 57-921 (3C)-16.2-9 (T3L)
OFFENSE 309.0 406.8 (2C)
TAKE/GIVE -2 -9
DEFENSE 370.4 377.7
SACKS Casey: 4 Barwin: 10.5 (1C)
INTs McCourty: 3 Jenkins: 3 (T3C)
PUNTING Kern: 45.9 Jones: 43.6
KICKING Succop: 54 (18/18 PAT; 12/14 FG) Parkey (R): 89 (1C) (35/35 PAT; 18/19 FG)

NOTES

TITANS: Last week, rookie QB ZACH METTENBERGER (Rd. 6, No. 178 overall) passed for 263 yards & 2 TDs vs. 1 INT for career-high 110.2 rating. Has 2 TDs in 2 of 3 career starts…Rookie RB BISHOP SANKEY (Rd. 2, No. 54 overall) had 120 total yards vs. Pit. (38 rush, 82 KR) with rush TD. Has 50+ yards in 4 of past 5. RB SHONN GREENE has 3,923 career rush yards & needs 77 to reach 4,000 career…In past 5 vs. NFC, WR KENDALL WRIGHT averages 83.2 rec. yards per game (33 catches, 416 yards). Had 4 catches last week & became 11th WR in club history to reach 200 career (201). WR NATE WASHINGTON had career-long 80-yard TD catch last week. TE DELANIE WALKER ranks 2nd among AFC TEs in rec. yards (512) & has 38 catches with 4 TDs. Has 2 TDs in past 3 vs. NFC, incl. 61-yarder vs. Dal…S MICHAEL GRIFFIN leads team with 68 tackles…EAGLES: Have won 9 in row at home…QB MARK SANCHEZ has 678 pass yards (339 per game) in 2 starts. Has 2 TD passes in all 3 games in 2014…In past 5 at home vs. AFC, RB LE SEAN MC COY has 626 scrimmage yards (125.2 per game), 468 rush yards (93.6 per game) & 5 TDs. In past 7 at home, has 777 scrimmage yards (111 per game), 695 rush yards (99.3 per game) & 5 TDs. RB DARREN SPROLES has 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.) in 3 career games vs. Ten. Has 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 PR) in past 2 at home…In past 4, WR JEREMY MACLIN has 30 catches for 476 yards (119 per game) & 5 TDs. Has TD in 9 of past 12. Has 4 TDs in past 3 vs. AFC. Has TD in 4 of past 6 at home. Rookie WR JORDAN MATTHEWS has 4 TDs in past 4 at home. Has 4 TDs in past 3 & aims for 3rd 100-yard game in row. WR RILEY COOPER has 5 TDs in past 8 vs. AFC…LB CONNOR BARWIN has 8.5 sacks in past 3 at home & aims for 4th home game in row with 2+ sacks. Leads NFC with 10.5 sacks. LB MYCHAL KENDRICKS has 4 sacks & FF in past 3 home games. DE VINNY CURRY has 4 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in past 3 at home. LB TRENT COLE has 2.5 sacks & FF in 2 career meetings. In past 7 vs. AFC, S MALCOLM JENKINS has 2 INTs (55-yard TD) & 1.5 sacks.

NFL Week 12 Lines – Titans Big Road Underdogs in Philadelphia

Kansas City Chiefs v Oakland Raiders

Date & Time Favorite Line Underdog Total
11/20 8:25 ET Kansas City -7 At Oakland 43
11/23 1:00 ET At Atlanta -3 Cleveland 47
11/23 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -11.5 Tennessee 48
11/23 1:00 ET At New England -7 Detroit 48
11/23 1:00 ET Green Bay -9.5 At Minnesota 48.5
11/23 1:00 ET At Indianapolis -13.5 Jacksonville 50
11/23 1:00 ET At Houston -2 Cincinnati 43.5
11/23 1:00 ET At Buffalo -4.5 NY Jets 40
11/23 1:00 ET At Chicago -6 Tampa Bay 46.5
11/23 4:05 ET At Seattle -6.5 Arizona 42
11/23 4:05 ET At San Diego -6 St. Louis 44
11/23 4:25 ET At Denver -7.5 Miami 49.5
11/23 4:25 ET At San Francisco -8.5 Washington 44.5
11/23 8:30 ET Dallas -3.5 At NY Giants 47.5

Monday Night Football Line

11/24 8:30 ET At New Orleans -3.5 Baltimore 49.5

Titans Can’t Stop Bell, Steelers In Falling 27-24 to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Steelers v Tennessee Titans

During the course of a season that has seen the Titans win just two of 10 games, there has been plenty of ‘what if’ moments, and Monday night in their latest loss, a 27-24 loss to Pittsburgh, there was a number of those key moments.

The club had an 11-point lead late in the third quarter, yet couldn’t keep the heat on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, and also couldn’t slow down running back Le’Veon Bell, who ran all over the Titans for 204 yards on 33 carries, 6.2 yards per carry.

While the defense couldn’t put the clamps on the Steelers after going up 11, the offense basically shut down, running just seven plays the entire fourth quarter, gaining just 20 yards and one first down.

The defense got to Roethlisberger five times, but getting to him in the final 18 minutes was tough, as he was 6-for-9 for 67 yards in the two touchdown drives and final drive in which they ran the clock out.

Bell dominated the Titans, running up the middle just about the whole night, gashing Tennessee for 7, 8, 9 yards at a time.

In that final drive the Steelers, up three points, ran out the final 6:58 with Bell going through gaping holes helped out by an offensive line coached by former Titans coach Mike Munchak.

Zach Mettenberger was 15-for-24 for 263 yards with two touchdowns and a pick, the interception on his first pass of the game, a pick six by Steelers CB William Gay.

The Titans though down early 10-0 rallied for a touchdown on a nifty drive capped by a run by Bishop Sankey from 9 yards out as he broke at least four tackles.

Down 13-10, the Titans turned the game in their favor as Jason McCourty picked off Roethlisberger in the end zone with less than a minute left in the half.

Instead of going in the locker room down 13-10, the Titans went for the kill, and rookie Mettenberger found former Steeler Nate Washington for an 80-yard touchdown after he pulled a double move on Gay.

The turnaround made it 17-13 Titans, and they built the lead to 24-13 in the third quarter after they drove 77 yards, the final four coming on a Mettenberger to tight end Chase Coffman score.

While it looked like things were well in order for the Titans, they couldn’t hold the lead, as the Steelers rallied for two touchdowns in the final quarter to take home the win.

The final score for the Steelers came when Roethlisberger drove the team 65 yards and hit Antonio Brown for a 12-yards TD with 9:07 to play.

By then, the Titans offense was in stall mode, and their final drive ended on the Steelers 48 after Mettenberger hit Derek Hagan for 5 yards, but it was 3 yards short of a first down.

With one time out and still nearly 7 minutes left, Ken Whisenhunt punted, which was the right move, but it backfired as the Steelers moved their way down the field with Bell punching out yards to save their lead and put the game away.

Now at 2-8, the Titans have lost four straight, and will play at the Eagles in Philadelphia Sunday.