Titans And Vikings Game Notes

What to know about the Tennessee Titans final preseason game.

The Tennessee Titans (1-2) close their 2015 preseason schedule this week at home against the Minnesota Vikings (4-0). Kickoff at Nissan Stadium (capacity 69,143) is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Sept. 3.

FINAL CUTS LOOM AS TITANS READY THEMSELVES FOR OPENER

One final tune-up is all that remains prior to the Titans’ regular season opener at Tampa Bay on Sunday, Sept. 13. They hope to end the preseason on a winning note after dropping two of their first three exhibitions. The Titans traveled to Kansas City last week and were defeated 34-10 by the Chiefs.

The Titans scored on a two-yard touchdown run by Antonio Andrews and a 34-yard field goal by Ryan Succop, but they were unable to match the pace of the Chiefs, who scored on their first three drives of each half. Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota saw his most extensive action through three preseason games, playing the entire first half along with the majority of the starters. He finished the half 7-of-11 passing for 99 yards against the Chiefs, and he added another 22 yards on three rushing attempts. With one game to go in the preseason, Mariota is completing more than 70 percent of his passes. He is 19-of-27 for 252 yards with a passer rating of 84.2, and in 10 total drives commanding the offense.

Mariota has passed for at least one first down eight times. His 51.9 percent rate of passes resulting in first downs leads all rookies and ranks second in the NFL among all quarterbacks with at least 20 attempts (Colt McCoy, 54.2).

THE VIKINGS:

The Vikings are off to a 4-0 start to the preseason. They beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame game and then defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders consecutively at home.

Last week they went to Dallas and came away with a 28-14 victory over the Cowboys. The Vikings are entering their second campaign under Mike Zimmer, a longtime NFL defensive assistant who was named head coach in January 2014. In his first season with Minnesota, Zimmer helped the Vikings defense go from last in the NFL to 13th in offensive points allowed, and the pass defense improved from 31st to seventh in the league.

The 2014 Vikings finished with a 7-9 record. Much of the optimism in the North Star State centers around second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. As a rookie in 2014, the former Louisville quarterback earned a 6-6 record as a starter and set virtually every franchise rookie passing record.

Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson has yet to play this preseason. Entering his ninth season, the 2012 NFL MVP leads the league in rushing yards (10,190) and rushing touchdowns (86) since the start of his rookie season despite missing all but one contest in 2014.

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Overall series (regular & postseason): Vikings lead series 8-4

Regular season series: Vikings lead series 8-4

Postseason series: None

Total points: Titans 188, Vikings 320

Current streak: One win by Vikings

Titans at home vs. Vikings: 3-1

Titans on the road vs. Vikings: 1-7

¾ Longest winning streak by Titans: 1 (last 2008)

Longest losing streak by Titans: 4 (1995-04)

Titans vs. Vikings at Nissan Stadium: 1-0

Last time at Nissan Stadium: Vikings 17 at TITANS 30 (9-28-08)

Titans vs. Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium: 0-0

Titans vs. Vikings at Mall of America Field: 1-6

Last Time at Mall of America Field: Titans 7 at VIKINGS 30 (10-7-12)

First Time: Oilers 10 at VIKINGS 51 (10-13-74)

Ken Whisenhunt’s Record vs. Vikings: 1-4

Mike Zimmer’s Record vs. Titans: 0-0

Ken Whisenhunt’s Record vs. Mike Zimmer: 0-0

TITANS-VIKINGS PRESEASON SERIES

Preseason series: Vikings lead 6-1

Last time in preseason: VIKINGS 19 at Titans 3 (8-28-14)

A TITANS VICTORY WOULD

Improve Ken Whisenhunt’s career record in the preseason to 12-22.

Give the Titans an all-time preseason record at Nissan Stadium of 25-9.

Give the Titans a 2-6 all-time preseason record against the Vikings.

OFFICIALS

Referee: Brad Allen

Umpire: Fred Bryan

Head Linesman: Dana McKenzie

Line Judge: Tom Symonette

Field Judge: Doug Rosenbaum

Side Judge: Tom Hill

Back Judge: Shawn Hochuli

Replay Official: Jim Lapetina

MEDIA

Titans Radio Network Flagship: WGFX 104.5 FM-TheZone

Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 109

Play-by-Play: Mike Keith

Analyst: Frank Wycheck

Gameday Host: Rhett Bryan

Sideline Reporter: Jonathan Hutton

Television

WKRN News 2

Play-by-Play: Cory Curtis

Analyst: Eddie George

Sideline Reporter: Audra Martin

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