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Titans-Raiders Postgame Notes

Titans
26 Sep 2022, 18:03 GMT+10

TEAM NOTES

* The Titans' 24-22 win improved Mike Vrabel's career record to 44-29 as a head coach, including regular season and playoffs. Vrabel tied Jack Pardee (44-35) for the third-highest win total in franchise history behind only Jeff Fisher (147) and Bum Phillips (59).

* The Titans improved to 5-0 under head coach Mike Vrabel in games following appearances on Monday Night Football.

* The Titans improved their all-time record at Nissan Stadium to 109-83, including the regular season and playoffs.

* Four players appeared in their first game with the Titans: cornerback Terrance Mitchell, outside linebacker Derrek Tuszka, guard Jordan Roos and tight end Kevin Rader. Tuszka registered his first NFL start. Roos was the only one of the four players who was not added to the team since the end of the preseason.

* With their two-point victory, the Titans earned their league-best 16th win in games decided by three points or less since Mike Vrabel was hired in 2018. They are 16-7 in such contests for a league-high winning percentage of .697.

TEAM NOTES - OFFENSE

* For the third consecutive game to begin the season, the Titans scored on their first offensive series. They marched 75 yards on 12 plays on a drive that took 7 minutes and 38 seconds, culminating with a two-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill to tight end Geoff Swaim. During the 2021 regular season, the Titans scored a touchdown on their first offensive series a total of two times.

* The Titans' first three drives of the game resulted in touchdowns on drives of 75, 75 and 79 yards, respectively. The last time the Titans had three or more 75-yard touchdown drives in the first half of a game was Dec. 20, 2020 against the Detroit Lions.

* The Titans scored a touchdown on each of their first three drives of the game for the first time since Dec. 20, 2020 against the Detroit Lions.

* The Titans scored on four of their first five drives, totaling three touchdowns and one field goal. It marked their first time scoring on at least four of their first five drives since they scored on their first five drives against Kansas City on Oct. 24, 2021 (three touchdowns and two field goals).

* The Titans' 24 points in the first half was their highest total since a 27-point first half against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 24, 2021.

* The Titans offense converted five third downs on 10 attempts. Their rate of 50.0 percent was their best of the season through three games.

* The Titans scored touchdowns on all three of their chances in the red zone, including both of their goal-to-go opportunities.

TEAM NOTES - DEFENSE

* The Titans defense limited the Raiders to a single third-down conversion on 12 attempts. The 8.3-percent conversion rate gave the Titans defense its best performance since Mike Vrabel became head coach in 2018 and the team's best performance since allowing 8.3 percent (one conversion on 12 attempts) at Kansas City on Sept. 7, 2014.

* The Titans defense limited the Raiders to two touchdowns in six drives inside the red zone. Aside from the touchdowns, the Titans defense forced three field goals and came up with one interception when the Raiders had the ball inside the 20.

S KEVIN BYARD

* Credited with four tackles and one interception in his 100th regular-season game in the NFL. He has not missed a game during his career and has started each of the past 91 contests. Byard, Patriots safety Devin McCourty and current Raiders safety Duron Harmon are the only NFL defensive players who have not missed a game since the beginning of 2016.

* Recorded his first interception of 2022 in the fourth quarter, picking off a Derek Carr pass in the end zone and racing 24 yards on the return. With his 24th career interception, he tied Zeke Moore (24) for 10th place on the all-time franchise interception list.

* With 24 interceptions in his first 100 career games, he recorded the third-highest total among Titans/Oilers players since 1970 in a player's first 100 career games. Only Cris Dishman (26) and Mike Reinfeldt (25) had more.

* Ranks first among NFL safeties with 24 interceptions since the beginning of the 2017 season.

ILB DYLAN COLE

* Saw extensive action at inside linebacker in the second half after Zach Cunningham exited with an injury. He totaled two tackles and a pass defensed.

* Credited with a pass breakup on the Raiders' two-point conversion attempt late in the fourth quarter. The play preserved the Titans' two-point victory.

T DENNIS DALEY

* Notched his first start with the Titans at left tackle. It was his 22nd career NFL start.

CB KRISTIAN FULTON

* Tied his career high with six tackles, including a pair of tackles for loss. He added a pass defensed.

RB DERRICK HENRY

* Led the team with 85 yards and one touchdown on 20 rushing attempts.

* Added a team-high five receptions for 58 yards, giving him a team-best 143 scrimmage yards. His reception total was the second best of his career, and his receiving yardage total ranked third in his career.

* Recorded his 18th career game with at least 140 scrimmage yards.

* Caught a screen pass and gained 23 yards on his first reception of the season.

* Scored his 70th career touchdown (67th rushing touchdown) on a one-yard run in the second quarter, becoming the third Titans/Oilers player to reach the end zone 70 times with the franchise. Eddie George holds the team record with 74 touchdowns (64 rushing, 10 receiving), and Earl Campbell had 73 total touchdowns with the organization (73 rushing).

RB DONTRELL HILLIARD

* Converted a third-and-nine from the Titans' three-yard line with a 30-yard reception in the third quarter.

* Added two rushing attempts for 14 yards.

S AMANI HOOKER

* Credited with six tackles and one forced fumble.

* Recorded his second career forced fumble when he knocked the ball out of the hands of Josh Jacobs in the fourth quarter, but the ball went out of bounds.

CB ROGER McCREARY

* Led the team in tackles for the second consecutive game and added a pass defensed. He posted 10 tackles one week after leading the defense with 11 stops.

* Three games into his rookie season, he already owns two of the Titans' nine best single-game tackle totals by a rookie defensive back since the beginning of the 2000 campaign.

CB TERRENCE MITCHELL

* Finished second on the team with eight tackles in his first game in a Titans uniform. His total included a tackle for loss.

P RYAN STONEHOUSE

* Punted three times for a 60.3-yard average and a 49.3-yard net average. He did not meet the minimum of four attempts required to qualify for single-game records.

* Launched a 70-yard punt in the fourth quarter. It was the Titans' first punt of 70-plus yards since Brett Kern's 70-yarder at Cleveland on Sept. 8, 2019.

* In his first three NFL games, he became the first punter in NFL history to record three consecutive games with a punting average of at least 55.0 yards in each game and at least two punts in each game. Twelve previous players had reached the mark in two consecutive contests.

TE GEOFF SWAIM

* Totaled 19 yards and a touchdown on three receptions.

* Registered his first touchdown catch of the season and the sixth touchdown of his career on a two-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill in the first quarter.

QB RYAN TANNEHILL

* Completed 19 of 27 passes for 264 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His passer rating was 98.4.

* Completed a two-yard touchdown pass to tight end Geoff Swaim in the first quarter to register his third touchdown pass of the season and the 202nd touchdown pass of his career.

* Scored his first touchdown of the season and the 25th touchdown of his career on a one-yard rushing attempt in the second quarter.

* Notched his 15th NFL game and his 13th game with the Titans in which he passed for at least one touchdown and rushed for at least one touchdown. The Titans are 9-4 when he accomplishes the feat.

OLB DERREK TUSZKA

* Registered the first start of his NFL career in his first game with the Titans. He totaled a pair of tackles.

OLB RASHAD WEAVER

* Recorded his third sack of the season (third career), dropping Derek Carr for a seven-yard loss in the second quarter. The sack came on third down to help force a punt.

WR NICK WESTBROOK-IKHINE

* Caught three passes for 40 yards (long of 15), earning a first down on each of his receptions.

WR ROBERT WOODS

* Led the team with 85 receiving yards on four catches, including a 41-yard reception in the first quarter. He also handled punt returns, totaling 21 yards on one attempt.

* Recorded four catches for the second consecutive game.

* His 85 receiving yards made up his highest total since a 98-yard outing against the Titans as a member of the Los Angeles Rams on Nov. 7, 2021.

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