Titans at Texans NFL Week Eight Inactives

Titans inactives: QB Marcus Mariota, CB Perrish Cox, RB Terrance West, G Quinton Spain, WR Harry Douglas, DE Ropati Pitoitua, DT Mike Martin

Texans inactives: CB Kareem Jackson, LB Akeem Dent, C Greg Mancz, LB Benardrick McKinney, WR Cecil Shorts, S Rahim Moore, LB Kourtnei Brown

Titans at Texans Wednesday Injury Report

TENNESSEE TITANS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Perrish Cox (hamstring), WR Harry Douglas (ribs), C Andy Gallik (concussion)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Michael Griffin (knee), QB Marcus Mariota (knee), CB Jason McCourty (hamstring)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DT Sammie Lee Hill (knee)
 
HOUSTON TEXANS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday G Brandon Brooks (toe), LB Jadeveon Clowney (illness), LB Akeem Dent (hamstring), CB Kareem Jackson (ankle), LB Benardrick McKinney (concussion), T Derek Newton (toe), WR Cecil Shorts (hamstring), DE J.J. Watt (back)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Quintin Demps (hamstring), C Ben Jones (thumb), RB Chris Polk (knee), RB Jay Prosch (knee)

Titans vs Texans NFL Week Eight Capsule

TENNESSEE TITANS (1-5) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (2-5)

SERIES

  TITANS TEXANS
SERIES LEADER 15-11  
STREAKS   5 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Ken Whisenhunt: 1-2 Bill O’Brien: 2-0
LAST WEEK L 10-7 vs. Falcons L 44-26 at Dolphins
LAST GAME 11/30/14: Titans 21 at Texans 45. Houston QB Ryan Fitzpatrick throws for 358 yards & 6 TDs (147.5 passer rating). Texans DE J.J. Watt records 2 sacks & catches 1-yard TD pass.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/30/14
REFEREE Clete Blakeman
BROADCAST CBS (12:00 PM CT): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 81 (Ten.), 93 (Hou.). XM: 226 (Hou.).

STATS

PASSING Mariota (R): 103-161-1239-9-5-93.2 OR

Mettenberger: 27-43-250-1-2-67.0

Hoyer: 106-180-1346-11-3-95.7
RUSHING McCluster: 35-176-5.0-0 Blue: 60-234-3.9-1
RECEIVING Walker (TE): 29-299-10.3-1 Hopkins: 58 (T2L)-776 (1L)-13.4-5
OFFENSE 326.3 383.6
TAKE/GIVE -4 -5
DEFENSE 324.3 (3C) 370.9
SACKS Morgan: 4.5 Watt: 6 (3C)
INTs Sensabaugh: 2 Hal: 2
PUNTING Kern: 44.5 Lechler: 46.2
KICKING Succop: 29 (14/14 PAT; 5/5 FG) Novak: 20 (11/12 PAT; 3/4 FG)

NOTES

TITANS: QB MARCUS MARIOTA (No. 2 overall) has 2+ TD passes in 3 of 5 career starts. Leads NFL rookies in passer rating (93.2) & is tied for 1st among rookies with 9 TD passes. QB ZACH METTENBERGER passed for 187 yards & TD in 1st start of season last week. Has TD pass in 6 of 7 career starts, incl. 3 multi-TD games…RB ANTONIO ANDREWS led team with career-high 57 rush yards vs. Falcons. RB BISHOP SANKEY (934) need 66 scrimmage yards to reach 1,000 career…In 3 career starts vs. Hou., WR KENDALL WRIGHT has 16 catches for 228 yards & 2 TDs, incl. 132 yards & TD in last meeting. Last week, TE DELANIE WALKER led team with 7 catches for 55 yards. Since 2014, ranks 3rd among AFC TEs with 1,189 receiving yards. Aims for 10th consecutive game with 3+ rec…LB DERRICK MORGAN has 7.5 sacks & 2 FF in past 9. LB ZACH BROWN leads team with 39 tackles. LB AVERY WILLIAMSON posted 1st career INT last week. Since entering NFL in 2011, DT JURRELL CASEY ranks 3rd amongst AFC DTs with 24.5 sacks… TEXANS: In past 4, QB BRIAN HOYER has completed 88 of 146 (60.3) for 1,110 yards with 10 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 101.1 rating, incl. 273 yards & 3 TDs last week vs. Dolphins. Aims for 3rd in row with 3 TDs & 5th in row with 2+ TDs…In last start (9/27/15 vs. TB), RB ALFRED BLUE rushed for 139 yards on 31 att. (94.5 avg.) with TD. Blue (897) needs 103 scrimmage yards to reach 1,000 career…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS leads team with 58 catches, tied for 2nd-most of any NFL player through team’s 1st 7 games to begin season. In past 5, has 44 catches for 625 yards & 3 TDs, incl. 4 100-yard games. WR NATE WASHINGTON had team-high 9 catches for 127 yards & 2 TDs last week. Spent 6 seasons with Titans (2009-14)…In past 12, J.J. WATT has 17 sacks, 2 FF, FR, safety, 7 PDs & TD catch, incl. 2 sacks vs. Dolphins. Since entering NFL in 2011, leads league with 63 sacks. LB BRIAN CUSHING leads team with 55 tackles.

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

ATLANTA FALCONS
 
Practice Report
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Justin Durant (elbow), WR Leonard Hankerson (ribs, hamstring), C Mike Person (ankle), WR Eric Weems (knee), WR Roddy White (foot)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S William Moore (hand)
 
TENNESSEE TITANS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday CB Perrish Cox (hamstring), WR Harry Douglas (ribs), S Michael Griffin (knee), QB Marcus Mariota (knee), RB Dexter McCluster (illness)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DT Sammie Lee Hill (knee), LB Avery Williamson (hamstring)

Falcons at Titans NFL Week 7 Capsule

ATLANTA FALCONS (5-1) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (1-4)

SERIES

  FALCONS TITANS
SERIES LEADER   7-6
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.).

STATS

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
TAKE/GIVE +2 -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)

NOTES

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.