Game Notes: Titans at Jets

DEFENSE BOUNCES BACK: The Titans defense gave up 73 yards on the Jets’ opening touchdown drive, including a 53-yard pass completion.  But after that series, the defense allowed only 178 total yards, and the longest play by the Jets for the remainder of the game was 14 yards.  The Jets did not score in their next 13 possessions.

JETS LIMITED TO SEVEN POINTS: The Titans allowed the Jets to score only seven points.  It was the lowest point total by a Titans preseason opponent since the fourth game of the 2012 preseason, when the Titans limited the New Orleans Saints to six points at Nissan Stadium.

DEFENDING THE RUN: The Titans defense was consistently tough against the Jets ground attack.  The Jets totaled 56 rushing yards, averaging 1.8 yards on 31 carries, and tallied only one rushing first down.  The Titans recorded seven tackles for loss to help their cause.  

DEFENSE NOTCHES TWO SACKS: The Titans defense got an 11-yard solo sack by safety Brynden Trawick, who was signed in the offseason as an unrestricted free agent from the Oakland Raiders.  Additionally, linebacker Aaron Wallace and defensive end Mehdi Abdesmad shared a nine-yard sack in the fourth quarter.  Wallace finished second on the team with five total tackles and shared the team lead with safety Kevin Byard with two tackles for loss.

STAPLES RECORDS TAKEAWAY: In the third quarter, third-year linebacker Justin Staples recorded the Titans’ first takeaway of the preseason.  Jets quarterback Christian Hackenberg fumbled the snap, and Staples fell on the ball to give possession to the Titans.

WOODS STARTS: First-year nose tackle Antwaun Woods notched a start at New York.  Woods spent 15 games on the team’s practice squad in 2016 after signing as an undrafted free agent.

MARIOTA RETURNS: Quarterback Marcus Mariota saw live game action for the first time since injuring his right fibula in Week 16 of the 2016 campaign.  He started and led two series (nine plays), completing two of three…

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