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Browns-Titans Media Notes (from Titans)

Browns-Titans Media Notes (from Titans)

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www.titansonline.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDECEMBER 1, 2008
THIS WEEK’S GAME
NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Titans take an 11-1 record and a chance to clinch a divisiontitle into this week’s game against the Cleveland Browns (4-8). This is the 60th regular seasonmeeting between the former AFC Central rivals. Kickoff at LP Field (capacity 69,143) isscheduled for noon CST on Sunday, Dec. 7.
THE BROADCAST
The game will be televised in high definition on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVFNews Channel 5.
Don Criqui
will handle play-by-play duties, while
Dan Fouts
will providecolor commentary. Additionally, every Titans game is available on the Titans Radio Network, including flag-ship 103.3-WKDF and more than 70 Titans Radio affiliates across the Mid-South. The TitansRadio broadcast team includes the “Voice of the Titans”
Mike Keith
, color commentator 
Frank Wycheck
, sideline reporter 
Cody Allison
and gameday host
Larry Stone
.
DIVISION TITLE ON THE LINE
Off to their best 12-game start in franchise history, the Titans can clinch the AFC Southwith a win this week. The Indianapolis Colts are in second place in the division at 8-4. A vic-tory by the Titans would secure the division title despite the outcome of the final three weeksof the season after applying the NFL’s tiebreaking procedures (record versus common op-ponents would fall in favor of the Titans). The Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans al-ready have been eliminated from contention for the division crown.The Titans are in first place in the conference standings as well. Trailing closely behindthem in the AFC are the 9-3 Pittsburgh Steelers and the Colts, New York Jets and BaltimoreRavens at 8-4.
LAST WEEK
The Titans got back in the win column last week with a 47-10 win at Detroit. Their 47points over the Lions were the most by the Titans since 2004 (48 at G.B., 10/11/04), and the37-point margin of victory was the club’s highest since 1990 (44 vs. Cle., 12/9/90).The Titans rushed 46 times for 292 yards, the third-highest rushing total in team annals.
Chris Johnson
led the team with 125 yards, while
LenDale White
contributed 106 yards onthe ground. It was the seventh game in team history in which two players topped 100 rushingyards. Johnson and White each scored a pair of touchdowns in the first half.The Titans defense limited the Lions to 154 total yards, the lowest output by a Titans op-ponent since the Dallas Cowboys totaled 95 yards on Dec. 25, 2000. The Lions did not con-vert a third down in 11 attempts and were forced into three turnovers.Meanwhile, the Browns, currently in third place in the AFC North, hosted the IndianapolisColts last week. They limited the Colts to just 215 total yards and forced three turnovers, but theColts were able to escape with a 10-6 victory. Two weeks ago they hosted another AFC Southteam, the Houston Texans. The Texans took an early lead and hung on for a 16-6 victory.
Derek Anderson
returned to the starting lineup at quarterback for the Browns after 
Brady Quinn
was placed on injured reserve last week. Anderson, who started the first eightgames of the season, completed 16 of 26 passes for 110 yards before leaving the game inthe fourth quarter with an injury.
TeamW L T PctTennessee
11100.917Indianapolis8400.667Jacksonville* 4700.364Houston*4700.364LAST WEEK’S GAMES:
Ten
47 at Det 10,
Ind
10 at Cle 6,
Jax
at
Hou
(Mon 7:30 pm)THIS WEEK’S GAMES:Cle at
Ten
(Sun 12 pm),
Jax
at Chi(Sun 12 pm),
Hou
at GB (Sun 12 pm), Cin at
Ind
(Sun 12pm)NEXT WEEK’S GAMES:
Ten
at
Hou
(Sun 12 pm), Det at
Ind
(Sun 12 pm), GB at
Jax
(Sun 12 pm)* Does not include Monday night game on Dec. 1
Tennessee Titans (11-1) vs. Cleveland Browns (4-8)
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 
Noon CST 
LP Field 
Nashville, Tenn.
REGULAR SEASONDATEOPPONENTTIME / TV / RESULT
Sun., Sept. 7
JACKSONVILLE
W, 17-10Sun., Sept. 14at CincinnatiW, 24-7Sun., Sept. 21
HOUSTON
W, 31-12Sun., Sept. 28
MINNESOTA
W, 30-17Sun., Oct. 5at BaltimoreW, 13-10Sun., Oct. 12BYESun., Oct. 19at Kansas CityW, 34-10Mon., Oct. 27
INDIANAPOLIS
W, 31-21Sun., Nov. 2
GREEN BAY
W, 19-16 (OT)Sun., Nov. 9at ChicagoW, 21-14Sun., Nov. 16at JacksonvilleW, 24-14Sun., Nov. 23
N.Y. JETS
L, 13-34Thu., Nov. 27at DetroitW, 47-10Sun., Dec. 7
CLEVELAND
Noon / CBSSun., Dec. 14at HoustonNoon / CBSSun., Dec. 21
PITTSBURGH
Noon / CBS*Sun., Dec. 28at IndianapolisNoon / CBS* All times Central* Time and network subject to change
2008 TITANS SCHEDULEAFC SOUTH STANDINGS
TITANS HOST BROWNS WITHCHANCE TO CLINCH AFC SOUTH
 
Date
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008Kickoff 
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Noon CST
Venue
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .LP Field
Location
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nashville, Tenn.
Capacity
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69,143
Surface
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Natural Grass
Home Team
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Tennessee Titans (11-1)Division
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AFC South
Website
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .TitansOnline.com
Owner 
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr.
Sr. Exec. VP
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Steve Underwood
General Manager 
. . . . . . . . .Mike Reinfeldt
Head Coach
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeff Fisher 
Offensive Coordinator 
. . . . .Mike Heimerdinger 
Defensive Coordinator 
. . . . .Jim Schwartz
Visiting Team
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleveland Browns (4-8)Division
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .AFC North
Website
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .clevelandbrowns.com
Owner 
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Randy Lerner 
Vice Chairman
. . . . . . . . . . .Bob Kain
General Manager 
. . . . . . . . .Phil Savage
Head Coach
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Romeo Crennel
Offensive Coordinator 
. . . . .Rob Chudzinski
Defensive Coordinator 
. . . . .Mel Tucker 
Television
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
CBS HDNashville Affiliate
. . . . . . . . .WTVF NewsChannel 5 HD
DirecTV Sunday Ticket
. . . .707
Play-by-Play
. . . . . . . . . . . . .Don Criqui
Color Commentary
. . . . . . . .Dan Fouts
Radio
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Titans Radio NetworkFlagship
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103.3 FM-WKDF
Play-by-Play
. . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Keith
Color Commentary
. . . . . . . .Frank Wycheck
Sideline Reporter 
. . . . . . . . .Cody Allison
Producer/Gameday Host
. . .Larry Stone
Referee
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Ron Winter Umpire
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ruben Fowler 
Head Linesman
. . . . . . . . . .Jim Mello
Line Judge
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tom Stephan
Field Judge
. . . . . . . . . . . . .Duke Carroll
Side Judge
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tom Hill
Back Judge
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Richard Reels
Scheduled Gameday Promotions (subject to change)Charitable Drive
. . . . . . . . . .U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Drive
National Anthem
. . . . . . . . . .Trace Adkins with children from theLeague for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Honorary Captain
. . . . . . . . .Marcus Robertson
Halftime
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bridgestone Challenge finals for aToyota Tundra
Giveaway
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cortland Finnegan poster sponsoredby Shoe Carnival
Titans vs. Browns
 
TITANS-BROWNS SERIES AT A GLANCE
Overall series (regular & postseason):
Browns lead 33-27
Regular Season Series:
Browns lead series 33-26
Postseason Series:
Titans lead series 1-0
Current streak:
Three wins by Browns
Titans at home vs. Browns:
12-18
Titans on the road vs. Browns:
15-15 (including 1-0 in playoffs)
Last Time:
Titans 14 at Browns 20 (11/6/05)
Last Time at LP Field:
Browns 31 at Titans 28 in OT (9/22/02)
First Time:
Oilers 14 at Browns 28 (11/22/70)
Jeff Fisher’s Record vs. Browns:
6-5
Romeo Crennel’s Record vs. Titans:
1-0
Jeff Fisher’s Record vs. Romeo Crennel:
0-1
A TITANS VICTORY WOULD ...
Clinch Tennessee’s first AFC South title since 2002.
Be the 15th win by the Titans in their past 16 regular seasongames.
Give the Titans an 12-1 record for the first time in franchise his-tory.
 Assure the Titans of winning at least 12 games for the fourth timeunder 
Jeff Fisher 
.
Give the Titans their first win over the Browns since 2001.
Give the Titans a regular season record of 27-33 against the Browns.
Improve
Jeff Fisher’s
career record as head coach (1995-08) to132-105.
Improve
Kerry Collins
’ regular season record as a starting quar-terback to 78-83.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEK
The Titans can record their 13th consecutive game with an even or positive turnover ratio.
RB
Chris Johnson
(958 rushing yards) needs 42 rushing yards tobecome the 11th different player in franchise history to record 1,000rushing yards in a season and to give the Titans 11 individual 1,000-yard rushing seasons in the last 13 seasons.
RB
LenDale White
(13 rushing touchdowns) needs one rushingtouchdown to tie
Eddie George
(14 rushing touchdowns in 2000)for the second-highest single-season total in team history.
RB
LenDale White
(1,929 career rushing yards) needs 71 rushingyards to reach 2,000 for his career.
LB
Keith Bulluck
can start his 110th consecutive game, thelongest active streak of any Titans player.
LB
Keith Bulluck
needs five tackles to reach 100 tackles for theseventh consecutive season.
K
Rob Bironas
(434 career points) needs four points to tie
EarlCampbell
(438) for fifth place on the team’s all-time scoring list.
FINGERTIP INFORMATION
Wide receiver JustinGage is on the cover of this week’s TitansGameday magazine.
www.titansonline.com
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Titans vs. Browns
This week’s game marks the 60th all-time meeting in the regular season between theTitans and Browns. In the previous 59 outings, the Browns own a 33-26 advantage, includingthree consecutive wins over the Titans. Additionally, the clubs have played one playoff game,a 24-23 Wild Card win by the Oilers in 1988.The two teams met for the first time in 1970, when as a part of the AFL-NFL merger, theBrowns moved from the NFL Century Division to the AFC Central, where they would competewith the Oilers/Titans as divisional foes for 32 seasons. The series was interrupted after the1995 season as a result of the former Browns moving to Baltimore to begin play as theRavens. A new team was granted to Cleveland to begin play once again in 1999. The new ver-sion of the Browns kept the old team’s name, records and logos and was once again a mem-ber of the AFC Central until divisional realignment in 2002 sent them to the AFC North andthe Titans to the AFC South.The Browns’ current three-game winning streak against the Titans most recently in-cludes a victory in Week 9 of the 2005 season. Browns running back
Reuben Droughns
ac-counted for 189 yards of offense, and in a game affected by heavy wind gusts, the Brownsheld on for a 20-14 win.The last time the Browns visited LP Field in the regular season (they came to Nashvilleduring the 2003 and 2004 preseasons), they left with a 31-28 overtime victory in 2002. It wasthe second game of a four-game losing skid for the Titans before they began their march tothe AFC Championship Game later that season.Prior to the Browns’ three-game winning streak, the Titans won six consecutive meet-ings dating back to 1995.
TITANS-BROWNS SERIES HISTORY 
TITANS vs. BROWNS
Regular Season and Playoff Games
ScoreDateSiteResultTitansBrowns
11/22/70CleL142812/07/70HouL102109/19/71CleL03111/28/71HouL243710/22/72HouL172311/05/72CleL02010/21/73CleL134211/11/73HouL132309/22/74CleL72012/15/74HouW282410/12/75CleW401012/21/75HouW211011/07/76HouL72112/05/76CleL101310/16/77HouL232412/11/77CleW191510/01/78CleW161311/05/78HouW141009/30/79HouW311012/02/79CleL71409/15/80CleW16711/30/80HouL141709/13/81CleW9312/03/81HouW171312/26/82HouL142010/30/83CleL (OT)192512/11/83HouW342711/25/84CleL102712/16/84HouL202710/13/85HouL62112/15/85CleL212809/14/86HouL202311/30/86CleL (OT)101310/11/87CleW151011/22/87HouL74011/07/88HouW241712/18/88CleL232812/24/88*CleW242310/29/89CleL172812/23/89HouL202411/18/90CleW352312/09/90HouW581411/17/91HouW282412/15/91CleW171411/08/92HouL142412/20/92CleW171411/21/93CleW272012/12/93HouW191710/13/94HouL81111/27/94CleL103409/17/95HouL71411/05/95CleW371009/19/99TenW26911/28/99CleW332111/19/00TenW241012/17/00CleW24012/02/01CleW311512/30/01TenL384109/22/02TenL (OT)283111/06/05CleL1420* Wild Card GameRegular Season Series: Browns lead 33-27Postseason Series: Titans lead 1-0Total Points: Titans 1,149, Browns 1,196Longest Winning Streak by Titans: 6 (1995-01)Longest Losing Streak by Titans: 9 (1970-74)Titans vs. Browns at LP Field: 2-2Titans vs. Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium: 3-1
ALL-TIME SERIES RESULTS
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Tennessee Titans 14 at Cleveland Browns 20Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio1234FinalTennessee Titans
070714
Cleveland Browns
7010320In Week 9 of the 2005 regular season, the Titans fell to 2-7 with a 20-14 loss againstthe Browns in a game affected by winds ranging from 18-40 miles per hour. With the windat their backs, the Titans had two drives in the fourth quarter to attempt to take the lead, butthe Browns defense would not yield. A last-second desperation pass to the goal line byTitans quarterback
Steve McNair 
was intercepted by Browns safety
Brodney Pool
, endingTennessee’s comeback hopes.In the first quarter, the Browns took advantage of the wind and scored on a 58-yardpass play from
Trent Dilfer 
to
Dennis Northcutt
. Dilfer went on to pass for 272 yards, com-pleting 18 of 34 passes with one touchdown and one interception. It was running back
Reuben Droughns
, however, who would influence the game as much as any other offensiveplayer.In the second quarter, safety
Lamont Thompson
returned his first career punt 31 yardsfor the Titans. McNair promptly completed passes of 19 yards to rookie tight end
Bo Scaife
,11 yards to rookie wide receiver 
Roydell Williams
and finally a 24-yard touchdown to tightend
Erron Kinney
to knot the score at seven. Linebacker 
Keith Bulluck
intercepted a Dilfer pass as time expired in the first half.Cleveland struck quickly in the second half, driving with the wind to set up a 37-yard fieldgoal by
Phil Dawson
on the first drive of the third quarter. On Cleveland’s following drive,Droughns took a screen pass 51 yards to set up a six-yard touchdown run by
Jason Wright
.Droughns later had consecutive carries of 17 and 24 yards to set up another Dawson fieldgoal from 19 yards. On the day, Droughns carried 20 times for 116 yards and also caughtfour passes for 73 yards. He left the game in the fourth quarter with muscle cramps. After struggling to move the ball against the wind in the third quarter, the Titans narrowedthe deficit in the fourth quarter. They went 73 yards on eight plays and scored on a 15-yardrun by
Chris Brown
. Brown rushed for 95 yards on 22 carries in the game.However, Tennessee’s remaining attempts were thwarted by a Cleveland defense thatlimited opportunities downfield for the Titans. Kinney and Scaife each had five receptions,as did Williams. McNair was 18-of-41 for 235 yards and one touchdown.The Titans attempted fake punts in both the second and third quarters. On the first try,a first down run by
Jarrett Payton
was called back due to a holding penalty, and later an at-tempted pass from punter 
Craig Hentrich
to
Donnie Nickey
fell incomplete.
TITANS-BROWNS: THE LAST MEETING
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