The Titans opened the preseason last week with a 31-24 loss on the road against the Atlanta Falcons. Despite falling behind 17-0 in the first quarter, the Titans fought back to force a 24-24 tie in the second half, only to watch Falcons running back Michael Ford score the game-winning touchdown on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Rookie starting quarterback Marcus Mariota made his highly anticipated preseason debut against the Falcons. The second overall draft pick was victimized by two turnovers to begin the game—one drive ended with an interception and another with a fumble return for a touchdown. However, Mariota and the starting offensive rebounded to produce a 10-play, 80-yard touchdown drive on their third and final series of the evening.
Mariota was on the field for 19 plays, completing seven of his eight pass attempts for 94 yards (76.0 passer rating). On his third and final drive, he was a perfect 5-for-5 for 78 yards, including a 26-yard completion to running back Antonio Andrews to set up a touchdown on the next play. With Mariota out of the game, Zach Mettenberger (8-of-11 for 129 yards) entered and engineered a pair of touchdown marches, including one that was capped by a 30-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Rico Richardson.
In addition to Mariota, several others made their initial preseason appearances with the Titans. Seven total newcomers started, including Mariota and six free agent signees: tight end Anthony Fasano, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, right tackle Byron Bell, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, cornerback Perrish Cox and safety Da’Norris Searcy.
All nine members of the 2015 draft class saw action in Atlanta. Second-round wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham provided a 32-yard reception, and fifth-round running back David Cobb led the team with 53 rushing yards on 11 carries (4.8 avg.).
St. Louis Rams: The Rams are led by a familiar face to Tennesseans, head coach Jeff Fisher. Fisher is in his fourth campaign in St. Louis after spending 16 full seasons as head coach of the Titans. This week marks his first return to Nissan Stadium since the final game of the 2010 campaign..
During his tenure in Tennessee, Fisher guided the Titans to six playoff appearances (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008), three division titles (2000, 2002, 2008), two AFC Championship games (1999, 2002) and one Super Bowl appearance (XXXIV). His 147 wins with the franchise are the most in club history, 88 more than number two on the all-time wins list, Bum Phillips (59).
Several other members of the Rams organization previously spent time with the Titans. Among the eight coaches and five players in the group are Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, assistant head coach Dave McGinnis, senior defensive assistant Chuck Cecil, wide receiver Kenny Britt and tight end Jared Cook.
The Rams enter their second preseason game on the heels of an 18-3 road loss at the hands of the Oakland Raiders. New starting quarterback Nick Foles, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, played two series and was 3-of-5 for 69 yards passing.
TITANS-RAMS SERIES AT A GLANCE
Overall series (regular & postseason): Rams lead 7-5
Regular season series: Rams lead 6-5
Postseason series: Rams lead 1-0
Total points: Titans 263, Rams 252
Current streak: Two wins by Titans
Titans at home vs. Rams: 3-3
Titans on road vs. Rams: 2-3
Titans vs. Rams at neutral site: 0-1 (Super Bowl XXXIV)
Longest winning streak by Titans: 2 (2009–present)
Longest losing streak by Titans: 2 (last 2000–2005)
Titans vs. Rams at Nissan Stadium: 2-0
Last time at Nissan Stadium: TITANS 47 Rams 7 (12-13-09)
Titans vs. Rams at Edward Jones Dome: 1-1
Last time at Edward Jones Dome: TITANS 28 Rams 21 (11-3-13)
First time: RAMS 31 at Oilers 26 (10-7-73)
Ken Whisenhunt’s record vs. Rams: 9-3
Jeff Fisher’s record vs. Titans: 0-1
Ken Whisenhunt’s record vs. Jeff Fisher: 0-3
TITANS-RAMS PRESEASON SERIES
Preseason series: Titans lead 7-4
Last time in preseason: Titans 16 at RAMS 17 (8/20/11)
A TITANS VICTORY WOULD
Improve Ken Whisenhunt’s career record in the preseason to 11-20.
Give the Titans an all-time preseason record at Nissan Stadium of 24-9.
Give the Titans an 8-4 all-time lead against the Rams in the preseason.
BIGGEST GAME EVER: SUPER BOWL XXXIV
In the Super Bowl on Jan. 30, 2000, the Titans and Rams produced one of the most thrilling games in postseason history.
Titans wide receiver Kevin Dyson was tackled by Rams linebacker Mike Jones just short of the goal line on the game’s last play, preserving a 23-16 Rams victory. The play ended an inspired two-minute drive led by quarterback Steve McNair.
After the Rams took a 16-0 lead in the third quarter, the Titans charged back on two touchdown runs by Eddie George and then a 43-yard field goal by Al Del Greco with 2:12 remaining. On the first play from scrimmage after the field goal, Rams receiver Isaac Bruce broke free and scored on a 73-yard touchdown pass from Kurt Warner. McNair then led a 12-play, 87-yard drive that culminated in the completion to Dyson, one yard short of the end zone.
Referee: Walt Anderson
Umpire: Butch Hannah
Head Linesman: Steve Stelljes
Line Judge: Byron Boston
Field Judge: Eugene Hall
Side Judge: Laird Hayes
Back Judge: Todd Prukop
Replay Official: Billy Smith
Replay Official: Jim Grant
Television: FOX Nashville Affiliate WZTV FOX 17
Play-by-Play; Kevin Burkhardt
Analyst: John Lynch
Sideline Reporter: Pam Oliver
Radio: Titans Radio Network Flagship WGFX 104.5 FM-The Zone
Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 117
Play-by-Play: Mike Keith
Analyst: Frank Wycheck
Gameday Host: Rhett Bryan
Sideline Reporter: Jonathan Hutton
SCHEDULED GAMEDAY PROMOTIONS
(Subject to Change) Fans Will Receive: 2015 Titans Schedule Magnet
National Anthem: Ruthie Collins
Halftime: Heads Up Football
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