Titans Win Second Straight; Top Browns 28-26 in Nashville

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Marcus Mariota threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns, and the Titans held on to beat the Browns 28-26 Sunday for their second straight victory — the first time they’ve won consecutive games since the end of the 2013 season.

The Titans (3-3) matched their win total for all of last season when they went 3-13 and wound up with the No. 1 draft pick overall. They also beat a team other than Jacksonville on their own field for the first time since the 2013 season finale and improved to 3-16 in Nashville.

Cleveland (0-6) now is mired in its worst start since 1999 when the Browns lost their first seven as an expansion franchise.

Not that the Titans care after losing to the Browns each of the past two seasons, especially with the Browns nearly pulling off another thrilling comeback. They made NFL history here in 2014 rallying from 25 points down to win.

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Browns vs Titans NFL Week Six Inactives

Browns: QB Josh McCown, WR Corey Coleman, CB Joe Haden, FB Dan Vitale, TE Randall Telfer, TE Seth DeValve, DL Xavier Cooper

Titans: NT Al Woods, CB Cody Riggs, WR Harry Douglas, S Curtis Riley, LB Aaron Wallace, TE Jace Amaro, G Sebastian Tretola

Browns vs Titans NFL Week Six Capsule

CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-5) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (2-3)

SERIES

  BROWNS TITANS
SERIES LEADER 35-28  
STREAKS 5 of past 7  
COACHES VS. OPP. Hue Jackson: 0-0 Mike Mularkey: 1-1
LAST WEEK L 33-13 vs. New England W 30-17 at Miami
LAST GAME 9/20/15: Tennessee 14 at Cleveland 28. Cleveland QB Johnny Manziel passes for 172 yards & 2 TDs for 133.9 rating. Browns RB Isaiah Crowell rushes for 72 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/5/14: Browns 29, Titans 28. Cleveland QB Brian Hoyer passes for 291 yards & 3 TDs. Browns erase 25-point deficit to complete largest road comeback in NFL history.
REFEREE Carl Cheffers
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Tom McCarthy, Adam Archuleta. SIRIUS: 119 (Cle), 145 (Ten). XM: 382 (Cle), 227 (XM).

STATS

PASSING Cody Kessler (R): 54-81-529-2-1-87.9 Marcus Mariota: 100-165-1088-7-5-81.6
RUSHING Isaiah Crowell: 74-416-5.6-3 DeMarco Murray: 93-461 (2L)-5.0-3
RECEIVING Terrelle Pryor: 24-338-14.1-1 DeMarco Murray (RB): 24-172-7.2-2
OFFENSE 349.4 358.0
TAKE/GIVE -2 -2
DEFENSE 402.6 320.6
SACKS Cam Johnson: 2 Brian Orakpo: 6 (T3L)
INTs Jamar Taylor, Joe Haden: 2 Jason McCourty, Perrish Cox: 2
PUNTING Britton Colquitt: 46.5 Brett Kern: 46.5
KICKING Cody Parkey: 19 (4/4 PAT; 5/8 FG) Ryan Succop: 26 (8/9 PAT; 6/7 FG)

NOTES

BROWNS: Rookie QB CODY KESSLER has thrown TD pass in each of past 2 games…RB ISAIAH CROWELL ranks 3rd in AFC with 416 rush yards. Has 6 rush TDs in past 9. Had rush TD in last meeting. RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. has 81 catches since 2015, 4th most by NFL RB…T JOE THOMAS is only OL in NFL history to be selected to Pro Bowl in each of 1st 9 seasons. Has started all 149 games in career…WR TERRELLE PRYOR is only player in NFL with rush TD, rec. TD & 5+ pass att. in 2016. In past 2 on road, has 205 scrimmage yards (102.5 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush). TE GARY BARNIDGE has 9 rec. TDs since 2015, tied for 4th most by NFL TE. WR ANDREW HAWKINS had TD catch last week…LB CAM JOHNSON has 2 sacks, 3 TFL & FF in past 2. Since 2010, CBs JOE HADEN (95) & TRAMON WILLIAMS (92) are top 2 in NFL in PD. DT JAMIE MEDER had 1st career sack in last meeting. Had sack last week…TITANS: QB MARCUS MARIOTA passed for 2 TDs, 0 INTs & 96.3 rating in only career start vs. Cle. Passed for 3 TDs, 0 INTs & 117.5 rating with rush TD last week…Since 2013, RB DE MARCO MURRAY leads NFL with 31 rush TDs & is 2nd with 4,129 rush yards. In past 3, has rushed for 330 yards (110 per game) & 3 TDs. Only player in NFL with 2+ rush TDs (3) & 2+ rec. TDs (2)…Since 2015, TE DELANIE WALKER ranks 2nd among NFL TEs in rec. yards (1,313) & ties for 2nd in catches (110). WR ANDRE JOHNSON is active leader in career catches (1,062) & ranks 2nd among active players with 14,185 rec. yards. Walker, Johnson & WR RISHARD MATTHEWS each had TD catch last week…Since 2013, DT JURRELL CASEY has 24.5 sacks, 2nd most by NFL DT. LB BRIAN ORAKPO has 6 sacks in past 4 & aims for 5th in row with sack. Casey, Orakpo & LB DERRICK MORGAN each had 2 sacks last week.

Titans Overcome Mistakes; Run Past Dolphins in Miami 30-17

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Marcus Mariota threw for three touchdowns and ran for another score, helping the Titans overcome a handful of big plays by the Dolphins to win 30-17 Sunday.

Mariota bounced back with a strong game after totaling three interceptions and no TD passes in losses the past two weeks. He went 20 for 29 for 163 yards with no interceptions, and ran seven times for 60 yards.

DeMarco Murray added 121 yards rushing for the Titans, who totaled 235 on the ground. They improved to 2-3, and Miami fell to 1-4.

Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins offense turned in another woeful performance aside from the occasional long gain. Rookie Jakeem Grant scored on a 74-yard punt return , Damien Williams had a 55-yard, catch-and-run to set up a touchdown, and DeVante Parker made a 50-yard reception that led to a field goal.

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Titans at Dolphins NFL Week Five Inactives

Titans: WR Harry Douglas, TE Jace Amaro, LB Nate Palmer, CB Cody Riggs, SS Da’Norris Searcy, G Sebastian Tretola, NT Al Woods

Dolphins: CB Xavien Howard, RB Arian Foster, LB Jelani Jenkins, LB Koa Misi, LG Laremy Tunsil, LT Branden Albert, TE Jordan Cameron

Titans and Miami Game in Florida Will Be Played Sunday at Scheduled

Hurricane Matthew

A Dolphins spokesman confirmed the Dolphins-Titans game will be played as scheduled at 1 p.m. Sunday at Hard Rock Stadium, Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

The threat of Hurricane Matthew caused concern earlier in the week, and the NFL explored contingency plans, but the storm passed without much major damage to South Florida, so the game will be played without disruption.

The Dolphins closed their team facility Thursday, meaning no coaches, players or staff were on the grounds. They return to practice today, having moved back the session a few hours to 3 p.m.

Titans at Dolphins NFL Week Five Capsule

TENNESSEE TITANS (1-3) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-3)

SERIES

  TITANS DOLPHINS
SERIES LEADER   19-15
STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Mularkey: 3-2 Adam Gase: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 27-20 at Houston L 22-7 at Cincinnati
LAST GAME 10/18/15: Dolphins 38 at Titans 10. Miami QB Ryan Tannehill passes for 266 yards & 2 TDs. Dolphins RB Lamar Miller rushes for 113 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/11/12: Titans 37, Dolphins 3. Tennessee RB Chris Johnson rushes for 126 yards & TD. Titans LB Colin McCarthy has 49-yard INT-TD.
REFEREE Craig Wrolstad
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Beuerlein. SIRIUS: 126 (Ten), 145 (Mia). XM: 384 (Ten), 227 (Mia).

STATS

PASSING Marcus Mariota: 80-136-925-4-5-73.9 Ryan Tannehill: 88-138-1081-6-5-87.3
RUSHING DeMarco Murray: 66-340-5.2-3 Jay Ajayi: 18-75-4.2-1
RECEIVING DeMarco Murray (RB): 19-156-8.2-2 Jarvis Landry: 31 (2L)-375-12.1-1
OFFENSE 348.0 329.8
TAKE/GIVE -4 -5
DEFENSE 350.8 401.8
SACKS Brian Orakpo: 4 (T3L) Ndamukong Suh: 2.5
INTs Perrish Cox: 2 Isa Abdul-Quddus: 1
PUNTING Brett Kern: 49.5 Matt Darr: 48.5
KICKING Ryan Succop: 20 (5/5 PAT; 5/6 FG) Andrew Franks: 17 (8/8 PAT; 3/4 FG)

NOTES

TITANS: QB MARCUS MARIOTA has 1,814 pass yards, 12 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 98.5 rating with rush TD & rec. TD in 8 career road games…Since 2013, RB DE MARCO MURRAY leads NFL with 31 rush TDs & is 2nd with 4,008 rush yards. Has 247 scrimmage yards (123.5 per game) in 2 career meetings. In past 2, has rushed for 209 yards (104.5 per game) & 3 TDs…TE DELANIE WALKER had 8 catches for 97 yards in last meeting. WR ANDRE JOHNSON has TD in 5 of past 6 vs. Mia. & has 90+ yards in 4 of those 6 (3 100-yard games). Is active leader in career catches (1,060)…Since 2013, DT JURRELL CASEY has 22.5 sacks, tied for 2nd most by NFL DT. LB BRIAN ORAKPO has 4 sacks in past 3. S RASHAD JOHNSON is 1 of 3 in NFL with 15+ INTs (15) & 3+ INT-TDs (3) since 2012 (incl. playoffs)…DOLPHINS: QB RYAN TANNEHILL passed for 266 yards, 2 TDs & 97.8 rating in last meeting…RB DAMIEN WILLIAMS is averaging 6.6 yards per carry in 2016. Rookie RB KENYAN DRAKE is averaging 4.9 yards per carry. RB ARIAN FOSTER is only NFL player since 2010 with 6,000+ rush yards (6,262), 50+ rush TDs (51) & 2,000+ rec. yards (2,237)…WR JARVIS LANDRY has 31 catches for 402 yards (100.5 per game) & TD in past 4 at home. WR DE VANTE PARKER aims for 3rd in row at home with TD. Has 12 catches for 250 yards (83.3 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3 at home. WR KENNY STILLS had 74-yard TD last week, 4th career TD of 69+ yards…Since 2015, S RESHAD JONES is only NFL player with 175+ tackles (175), 5+ INTs (5) & 2+ sacks (2). Has 2 INTs & sack in 3 meetings, incl. 30-yard INT-TD. DE CAMERON WAKE had 4 sacks & 2 FFs in last meeting. Since 2010, has 65.5 sacks, tied for 3rd most in NFL. Since entering NFL in 2010, DT NDAMUKONG SUH has 44.5 sacks, 2nd most by NFL DT. Since 2007, DE MARIO WILLIAMS ranks 3rd in NFL with 92.5 sacks.

In Terms of Success – Titans Rank 25th in NFL in New Article

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Mike Freeman, Lead NFL National Reporter for Bleacher Report, has written a long piece which talks about each and every NFL franchise, and their success.

There’s a number of factors involved, including Super Bowl, Conference and division titles. The Titans didn’t get much love on the list, as according to Freeman, they are coming in at 25.

Here’s what Freeman has to say about the Titans:

“I always wanted to win. When it comes down to it, success is all about winning.” —Steve McNair to me

The Tennessee Titans lost one Super Bowl by inches, but in the 1960 and 1961 seasons, the then-Houston Oilers dominated the NFL. They won back-to-back championships with George Blanda as the quarterback. They were a smart, efficient team.

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