TITANS SCORE DRAMATIC VICTORY OVER CHARGERS
The Titans hosted the Los Angeles Chargers last week and earned a dramatic 23-20 win.
A goal-line stand by the Titans defense in the final minute of play preserved the victory, concluding when linebacker Wesley Woodyard forced a fumble and defensive tackle Jurrell Casey recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchback. The ball carrier, Melvin Gordon III, was initially ruled down by contact, but an officials’ review reversed the call in favor of the Titans.
The Titans tied a franchise record by not allowing an opponent to score more than 20 points during their first seven games, matching the 2000 squad. Another such effort in Week 8 will set a new Titans/Oilers benchmark. Only three other NFL teams this season have held opponents to 20 or fewer points every week: the Titans, the New England Patriots (six games through Oct. 20) and the San Francisco 49ers (six games).
Meanwhile, quarterback Ryan Tannehill made his first start of the season against the Chargers as well as his first start in a Titans uniform. Tannehill, who was acquired in a trade with the Miami Dolphins during the offseason, passed for 312 yards with touchdown tosses to wide receivers Corey Davis and Tajaé Sharpe. Tannehill’s 79.3 completion percentage (23-of-29) set a career high for games with a minimum of 20 attempts.
Running back Derrick Henry rushed for 90 yards on 22 carries and scored on an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter.