In 1980, Earl Campbell arguably had his greatest season as a professional, rushing for 1,934 yards in only 15 games. Most impressive about that season are his four 200-yard rushing performances, the most by a player in a single season in NFL history, including back-to-back 200-yard games in Week 7 and Week 8. The 1980 season was the third consecutive year in which Campbell led the league in rushing, tied for the league's second longest such streak, behind only Jim Brown's five straight seasons from 1957 to 1961.
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Rob Bironas kicked his way into the record books in 2007 when he converted eight field goals in a game against the Houston Texans. Bironas set the single-game record for both most field goals made and most made without a miss. His eight field goals included six from inside 30, 43 and a 52 yards. Bironas capped off his miraculous performance with a game-winning 29-yarder as time expired, giving the Titans a 38-36 victory.
In only his second season, Chris Johnson broke the heralded 2,000-yard mark, rushing for 2,006 yards. As if earning the nickname CJ2K wasn't awesome enough, Johnson also broke Marshall Faulk's single-season record for yards from scrimmage, finishing with 2,509 scrimmage yards. His average of 156.8 scrimmage yards per game in 2009 is third-best in NFL history, but the most by any player during a 2,000-yard rushing season. Johnson ended the season with 11 straight 100-yard games, the second-longest in-season streak of all time, behind only Barry Sanders -- who topped the century mark 14 times during his 2,053 yard rushing season of 1997.
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Music City Miracle
The Music City Miracle is the legendary play in which tight end Frank Wycheck lateraled the ball to wide receiver Kevin Dyson on a kick return, who took it to the house for a game-winning score. The real miracle of January 8, 2000 isn't the play itself but that the Titans won the game after such an atrocious offensive performance. The Titans put up a measly 55 yards passing in the 1999 wild card win, the fewest in postseason franchise history. For Titans QB Steve McNair, who posted a 43.1 passer rating in that game, it was the worst performance of his playoff career.
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McNair vs. Manning
In the 2003 season, in which he was named co-MVP with Peyton Manning, Steve McNair recorded a 100.4 passer rating, the highest in franchise history. The Titans and Colts both went 12-4 that year, tied atop the AFC South. In the two games played against each other that season, neither McNair nor Manning threw an interception, but the Colts won both. Who had the upper hand throughout McNair's career? Manning won six of the nine games (including playoffs) against Air McNair over the years, going 4-1 on McNair's home turf.
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Warren Moon already had amassed 20,000-plus passing yards with the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League before signing with the Oilers. Combining his career numbers across both the CFL and NFL, Moon threw for 70,553 yards. By comparison, the NFL's all-time leading passer, Brett Favre, threw for 71,838 yards in his career -- 1,285 yards more than Moon. Though Moon was one of the NFL's regular season greats, he went 3-7 in the playoffs and never reached the Super Bowl. Still, Moon was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, becoming the first undrafted quarterback to ride into Canton.
Eddie George rushed for over 10,000 yards with the Titans, a franchise record. His 10,441 rushing yards are good for 24th all time. Of the 17 Hall of Fame eligible players with more career rushing yards than George, 13 have been enshrined in Canton. However, working against the Titans workhorse is the fact that he only averaged 3.6 yards per carry over his career. Not only is this figure much lower than any other 10,000-yard rusher, including Jerome Bettis (3.9 yards per carry), but it also is the lowest among the top 85 all-time leading rushers. George finished three different seasons as a Top 5 rusher, amassing at least 315 rushes in each of his eight seasons with the franchise.
Chris Johnson vs. Earl Campbell
Fans of the Oilers/Titans franchise are lucky in that they've been able to bear witness to both Chris Johnson and Hall of Famer Earl Campbell. In his first five seasons, Campbell rushed for 6,995 yards while Johnson has gained 6,888 yards. Campbell rushed for 1,000 yards in a season five times over his eight-year career, while Johnson has reached that milestone in each of his first five seasons. On a per-rush basis, Johnson's 4.7 yards/rush ranks higher than Campbell's 4.3 yards/rush career average. Johnson already has twice as many receiving yards in his five NFL seasons (1,658) than Campbell had during his entire career (806).
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-7 Yards Passing
The 2009 season was record-setting for the Titans offensively, in both good and bad ways. Chris Johnson became just the sixth player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards -- good. In Week 6 visiting the Patriots, the Titans had minus-7 gross passing yards -- bad. The game, 39 degrees and snowing at kickoff, was a 59-0 blowout -- the worst loss in franchise history. Quarterbacks Kerry Collins and Vince Young combined for two completions and two interceptions. How does a team reach minus-7 gross passing yards? The Titans' first completion went to RB Ahmard Hall, good for 15 yards. The other completion was a pass to WR Nate Washington resulting in a 22-yard loss. Minus-7 yards passing is the fewest gross yards by a team in a game since at least 1950 -- as far back as STATS can check.
Is Vince Young is the worst quarterback ever to win rookie of the year? Young's 2,199 passing yards in 2006 is the fewest of the seven quarterbacks who have won AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. His 51.5 completion percentage is also the worst among a group that includes Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton, Sam Bradford, Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger and Dennis Shaw. Shaw won Rookie of the Year with the Bills in 1970 despite throwing twice as many interceptions (20) as he did touchdowns (10) and posting a 65.3 passer rating. Both Young and Shaw only played six seasons in the NFL.
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