Titans Hang Tough But Fall to Falcons 10-7 to Drop to 1-5

Atlanta Falcons v Tennessee Titans

The Titans entered Sunday’s game a banged-up bunch, and while they hung tough with the Falcons, it wasn’t enough to overcome as they fell to Atlanta 10-7.

It was their fifth straight loss overall and ninth consecutive on their home field dating back to last season. They played without rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota and two starters in their secondary before losing two more starters.

Their defense kept them close all day, giving the Titans plenty of chances needing only a field goal to force overtime.

But Zach Mettenberger was intercepted by undrafted rookie Falcons safety Robenson Therezie with 1:31 left to seal the win for the Falcons.

”We can’t make mistakes there,” Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said.

“It was a poor decision by me, I should have hit Delanie (Walker) underneath,” Mettenberger said of the pick at the end. “That’s situation, all we needed was to get 12 yards to get in field goal range to push it to overtime. Just a boneheaded mistake by me.”

Mettenberger finished 22-of-35 for 187 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Matt Ryan threw for 251 yards and a touchdown pass, and Devonta Freeman ran for 116 yards as the Falcons moved to 6-1 in a game that was a lot closer than they expected.

Freeman notched his third consecutive game with at least 100 yards, and Atlanta outgained Tennessee 378-256 in squeaking out the win.

The Titans stopped Atlanta fullback Patrick DiMarco on third down, then Titans linebacker Avery Williamson intercepted Ryan’s pass intended for Jacob Tamme in the end zone with 6:30 left.

Tennessee turned it over on downs with 3:30 left.

Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant then pushed a 47-yard field goal wide right with 2:28, giving Tennessee one final chance. Instead, the Titans have lost three games in this skid by a combined six points.

The Titans played without cornerback Perrish Cox (hamstring) and safety Michael Griffin (left knee), and cornerback Jason McCourty left early in the third quarter with a sore hamstring.

They lost their second center in as many games at halftime when rookie Andy Gallik was sidelined by a concussion. That forced Joe Looney, signed Tuesday, onto the field.

The 1-5 Titans will be in Houston next week.

Falcons vs Titans NFL Week 7 Inactives

Falcons inactives: WR Justin Hardy, CB Dezmen Southward, LB Philip Wheeler, LB Alan Bradford, C Gino Gradkowski, T Bryce Harris, DE Malliciah Goodman

Titans inactives: QB Marcus Mariota, CB Perrish Cox, S Michael Griffin, RB Terrance West, OL Quinton Spain, WR Harry Douglas, DT Sammie Hill

NFL Week Seven Preview – Atlanta vs Tennessee

Tennessee Titans v Atlanta Falcons

Things for the Tennessee Titans haven’t gone that well since they started the season red hot in their win against the Bucs on opening day, and they would need a major effort Sunday at home against the on fire Falcons to turn things around.

Marcus Mariota, the second overall pick in this year’s draft, began his career by throwing four touchdowns in the opening day win, but he and the team have struggled since.

Last week in a blowout loss to the Dolphins he was sacked five times and Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon hit him low in the second quarter. The QB stayed in the game and finished with four turnovers, but an MRI on Monday revealed a sprained left MCL.

“You got to be able to show that you buy into what’s going on here, and I’m going to do my best to make sure that I’m prepared and hopefully can go on Sunday,” he said.

It’s probably not going to matter, as the Falcons are steamed after losing their first game a week ago Thursday, and will be looking for a quick rebound.

Atlanta lost to the rival Saints 31-21, and need to shore up their defense which right now is ranked 20th in the NFL allowing 369.5 yards per game.

Running back Devonta Freeman has been the catalyst for the NFL’s fourth-ranked offense, which averages 407.3 yards per game.

His 10 total touchdowns are four more than anyone else in the league, and he’s rushed for at least 100 yards in three of the last four weeks, including exactly that many on just 13 carries against the Saints.

Look for another huge outing from the back vs the Titans, who rank 28th in the NFL in yards allowed per game on the ground.

Freeman and QB Matt Ryan should be able to pile up the points, and it’s unlikely that the Titans offense, which has had issues since opening day, are going to be able to keep up.

These teams haven’t met since Ryan threw for 316 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta’s 23-17 home win in 2011, and Ryan and the Falcons offense are going to have a field day against the Titans.

Look for Tennessee to fall again at home, as the Titans have lost eight consecutive home games overall and are 1-10 in Nashville under coach Ken Whisenhunt.

That streak will continue Sunday.

Atlanta 34 Tennessee 14

Fantasy Projections:

Atlanta – Matt Ryan 291 yards 2 TD’s, Devonta Freeman 134 yards rushing 2 TD’s, Julio Jones 148 yards receiving 1 TD
Tennessee – Marcus Mariota 152 yards 1 TD, Bishop Sankey 63 yards, Kendall Wright 81 yards receiving

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Falcons vs Titans Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday LB Justin Durant (elbow), WR Leonard Hankerson (ribs, hamstring), C Mike Person (ankle), WR Eric Weems (knee), WR Roddy White (foot)
  Wednesday S William Moore (hand)
Practice Report
  Wednesday CB Perrish Cox (hamstring), WR Harry Douglas (ribs), S Michael Griffin (knee), QB Marcus Mariota (knee), RB Dexter McCluster (illness)
  Wednesday DT Sammie Lee Hill (knee), LB Avery Williamson (hamstring)

Falcons at Titans NFL Week 7 Capsule



STREAKS   5 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Dan Quinn: 0-0 Ken Whisenhunt: 2-2
LAST WEEK L 31-21 at Saints L 38-10 vs. Dolphins
LAST GAME 11/20/11: Titans 17 at Falcons 23. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan throws for 316 yards & TD. Falcons WR Roddy White has 7 catches for 147 yards & TE Tony Gonzalez adds 74 rec. yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/7/07: Titans 20, Falcons 13. Tennessee S Vincent Fuller has 76-yard INT-TD. Titans DE Kyle Vanden Bosch has 7 tackles & sack.
REFEREE Brad Allen
BROADCAST FOX (12:00 PM CT): Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Tony Siragusa (field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 132 (Atl.), 121 (Ten.). XM: 231 (Ten.).


PASSING Ryan: 150-229-1751 (1C)-8-4-92.9 Mariota: 103-161-1239-9-5-93.2
RUSHING Freeman: 106-505 (2L)-4.8-9 (1L) Sankey: 39-159-4.1-1
RECEIVING Jones: 49 (1C)-638 (1C)-13.0-4 (T3C) Walker (TE): 22-244-11.1-1
OFFENSE 407.3 (1C) 340.4
DEFENSE 369.5 313.6 (3L)
SACKS Beasley (R), Clayborn: 2 Morgan: 4.5 (T3C)
INTs Alford, Moore: 2 Sensabaugh: 2
PUNTING Bosher: 50.9 (1L) Kern: 44.8
KICKING Bryant: 43 (19/19 PAT; 8/10 FG) Succop: 28 (13/13 PAT; 5/5 FG)


FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN has 100+ rating in 3 of past 4. Won only start vs. Ten., completing 22 of 32 (68.8 pct.) for 316 yards & 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 110.9 rating…RB DEVONTA FREEMAN leads NFL with 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.), most ever by Falcon in 1st 6 games of season. In past 4 (1st 4 career starts), has 695 scrimmage yards (173.8 per game), 462 rush yards (115.5 per game) & 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.). Only player in 1st or 2nd year with 8+ rush TDs in 1st 4 career starts since 1970…WR JULIO JONES leads NFC with 49 catches. Has 81 catches for 1,251 yards (125.1 per game) & 6 TDs in past 10. WR RODDY WHITE had 7 catches for 147 yards in last meeting. Had TD catch last week…CB DESMOND TRUFANT has INT & 2 FRs (incl. TD) in past 3 vs. AFC. Has 39 PD since entering NFL in 2013, most by Falcon. LB VIC BEASLEY ties for 3rd among NFL rookies with 2 sacks. LB PAUL WORRILOW leads team with 41 tackles. DE ADRIAN CLAYBORN had sack last week & aims for 3rd in row on road with sack…TITANS: Rookie QB MARCUS MARIOTA (No. 2 overall) has 2+ TD passes in 3 of 5 career starts. Leads NFL rookies in passing yards (1,239), TD passes (9) & passer rating (93.2)…In only career meeting (9/9/12 with KC), RB DEXTER MC CLUSTER had 6 catches for 82 yards (13.7 avg.). Had TD catch last week. RB BISHOP SANKEY (934) need 66 scrimmage yards to reach 1,000 career. RB ANTONIO ANDREWS has rush TD in 2 of past 3…WR KENDALL WRIGHT has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. NFC, incl. 101 yards & TD vs. TB in Week 1. Last week, TE DELANIE WALKER led team with 8 catches for 97 yards. Since 2014, ranks 3rd among AFC TEs with 1,134 receiving yards. Aims for 9th consecutive game with 3+ rec…LB DERRICK MORGAN has 7.5 sacks & 2 FF in past 8. In 2 career meetings (with Was.), LB BRIAN ORAKPO has 3.5 sacks & FR. Since entering NFL in 2011, DT JURRELL CASEY ranks 3rd amongst AFC DTs with 24.5 sacks.

Titans Slammed by Dolphins 38-10; Drop 4th Straight to Fall to 1-4

Miami Dolphins v Tennessee Titans

The start of the season looked so promising for the Titans after their opening day win over the Bucs, but since that day there hasn’t been much good to the 2015 season.

That trend continued on Sunday, as the Miami Dolphins came to Nashville and crushed the Titans 38-10 in what was the debut for new Miami coach Dan Campbell.

Campbell took over for Joe Philbin, who was fired after he and the Fins lost three straight after opening the season with a win over the Redskins.

Miami got off to a fast start, running over the Titans right away with a touchdown on a reverse by Jarvis Laundry to quickly make it a 7-0 Miami lead.

The Dolphins opened with their first TD in the first quarter this season with an old play in the Statue of Liberty. Campbell won a replay review, challenging a Marcus Mariota incompletion ruled a fumble on review.

Things didn’t get much better from there for Tennessee.

The Titans couldn’t stop Cameron Wake, as he got his first four sacks this season and also forced two fumbles – all in the first half against a not so ready Titans offensive line.

Not that the result was in question, but Reshad Jones made a twisting leap into the end zone while finishing off a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown that made it 24-3 early in the third quarter to send a lot of the Titans faithful for the exits.

The Titans (1-4) lost their fourth straight, and their home skid is up to eight dating to last season. Fans booed heavily before heading to the exits, and coach Ken Whisenhunt dropped to 3-18 since taking over last season.

”There’s no defense for today,” Whisenhunt said. ”We didn’t get the job done.”

Mariota was 21-for-33 for 219 yards, was sacked five times and also picked off twice. Zach Mettenberger got some cleanup duty, but it didn’t matter much.

The Dolphins outgained Tennessee 434-299.

NFL Week Five Preview – Buffalo vs Tennessee

New York Giants v Buffalo Bills

The Bills had a major letdown last week in a home loss to the New York Giants, but this week at 2-2 will look to get back on track when they take on the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.

Buffalo will again be without main running back LeSean McCoy, but have gotten a big year from backup Karlos Williams. Here’s the problem, he’s out as well, as he has a concussion, prompting Buffalo to sign free agent Dan Herron on Tuesday.

Boobie Dixon is expected to get the start against the Titans at the running back spot. It will put more pressure on QB Tyrod Taylor, who has been a bright spot for the offense, completing 71.7 percent of his passes for 988 yards, eight touchdowns and four interceptions.

However, he’s tossed four of each in the two losses and faces a defense that ranks sixth with an average of 308.3 yards – 194.7 through the air.

The Bills may have to score quite a bit against the Titans, as their defense, which was supposed to be strong with new coach Rex Ryan, frankly hasn’t played all that well.

The Buffalo D is 22nd overall in yards allowed at 376.2 per game after giving up 312.2 to rank fourth last year. Despite boasting three Pro Bowl defensive linemen, the Bills have only managed seven sacks after leading the league with 54 in 2014.

Titans rookie Marcus Mariota has been very up and down in a 1-2 start. He was so good in week one there was only one way to go after that, and the team lost the following week vs the Browns, and then lost a tough game at home to the Colts.

Mariota has hit 63.5 percent of his passes for 833 yards, eight TDs and two picks. However, both of those interceptions led to Indianapolis touchdowns in the loss.

The Titans running back spot has been bounced around as well, as Bishop Sankey, Dexter McCluster and Antonio Andrews have taken turns leading the Titans in rushing in each game this season.

“We don’t know each week who it’s going to be,” coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “We have different things for those guys every week and I think it’s a good thing that we’ve had all the contributions from those guys. So I think it’s a good thing and hopefully that continues.”

The Bills defense has to play better, if they don’t Mariota will carve them up. Look for the Titans to have a solid day on offense, and to outscore the Bills who have just not played as well as expected after a quick start.

Tennessee 29 Buffalo 20

Fantasy Projections:

Buffalo – Tyrod Taylor 196 yards 1 TD, Bobbie Dixon 48 yards rushing, Charles Clay 68 yards receiving 1 TD
Tennessee – Marcus Mariota 255 yards 2 TDs, Dexter McCluster 59 yards 1 TD, Kendall Wright 111 yards receiving 2 TD

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Colts at Titans Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday TE Dwayne Allen (ankle), CB Darius Butler (hip), WR Andre Johnson (not injury related), G Lance Louis (shoulder)
  Wednesday CB Vontae Davis (concussion), LB Robert Mathis (achilles), CB Gregory Toler (neck)
  Wednesday LB Jonathan Newsome (hamstring)
Practice Report
  Wednesday LB Zach Brown (illness), DT Sammie Lee Hill (knee), S Marqueston Huff (hamstring), CB Cody Riggs (knee), G Chance Warmack (knee)
  Wednesday RB Antonio Andrews (hamstring), CB Jason McCourty (groin), TE Delanie Walker (hand)