NFL Game Recap - Tampa Bay at Tennessee
Sun Oct 27, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

WAS
9
MIN
19
F
DEN
13
IND
15
F
TB
23
TEN
27
F
ARI
9
NO
31
F
CIN
10
LAR
24
F
NYJ
15
JAX
29
F
NYG
26
DET
31
F
LAC
17
CHI
16
F
PHI
31
BUF
13
F
SEA
27
ATL
20
F
CAR
13
SF
51
F
CLE
13
NE
27
F
OAK
24
HOU
27
F
GB
31
KC
24
F
MIA
14
PIT
27
F

Oct 27, 2019, 1:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Tampa Bay (2-5)

3

12

8

0

23

Tennessee (4-4)

14

3

3

7

27

Titans force 4 turnovers by Winston, hold off Tampa Bay
Sun Oct 27, 2019 6:20 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans are very happy their stingy defense came up with four turnovers and another late-game stop.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers leave town ticked off over an inadvertent whistle that cost them a fumble return after stopping Tennessee's fake punt in the final minutes.

Ryan Tannehill threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Brown with 6:55 left, and the Tennessee Titans rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-23 Sunday for their second straight win.

"Without that, it'd obviously be a different story," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of the turnovers.

Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians was upset with losing a TD with 3:41 left after linebacker Devin White stopped Brett Kern short on a fake punt, knocking the ball out. Andrew Adams grabbed the ball and ran toward the end zone only to be whistled dead. He also defended Jameis Winston with four turnovers.

"To have a fumble, pick it up and run it for a touchdown and an inadvertent whistle, that's tough," Arians said. "Everybody's going to want to say, "OK Jameis threw interceptions. Jameis didn't throw one damn interception that was his fault. His receivers let him down today. Guys stopped on routes they were supposed to be going down the middle. He played his tail off."

Kern wasn't sure if he lost the ball.

"The Red Sea closed up pretty darn quick," Kern said. "That guy made a great play."

Referee Adrian Hill told a pool reporter Kern was ruled down by contact, which is why the whistle was blown. Officials saw the ball come out after the whistle blew with the only reviewable part of the play if the runner was down by contact. Even if reviewed, Hill said the Bucs only could've been given the ball at the spot where Adams recovered.

Tennessee came in with the NFL's No. 4 scoring defense, having not allowed more than 20 points in a game all season. The Buccaneers entered with the league's fourth-best offense, averaging 28.8 points a game, and they became the first to top the mark.

The Titans (4-4) led 14-3 after turning a pair of first-quarter turnovers into two TD passes by Tannehill.

The Bucs (2-6) lost their third straight and fourth in five games despite Winston and Mike Evans putting the Bucs up 23-17 by connecting on a TD pass at the end of the first half and a second in the third quarter. They wouldn't score again despite outgaining Tennessee 389-246.

Tampa Bay couldn't overcome the turnovers - all by Winston, who now has 10 combined turnovers over his past eight quarters. The Bucs also were held to three field goals in the first half, twice when inside the Tennessee 5.

After Harold Landry III sacked and stripped Winston of the ball with 6:03 left, the Titans had a chance to pad their lead when Vrabel went for the fake field goal.

The Bucs drove to the Titans 32 and had the 2-minute warning to think over a play for fourth-and-1. Winston handed off to Peyton Barber out of the shotgun, and Jurrell Casey and Jayon Brown stopped him short. Casey said he heard the protection call and knew the Bucs would run.

"My whole objective was to get lower than him, shoot off the ball ... make sure I win that battle," said Casey, who recovered a fumble at the goal line to preserve a 23-20 win over the Chargers a week ago.

Tampa Bay had a final chance, getting the ball back with 42 seconds to go, but Logan Ryan intercepted Winston with 18 seconds left to seal the win.

Jason Pierre-Paul sacked Tannehill on his first snap in his first game after being activated from a neck injury suffered in an offseason car accident, and Shaq Barrett got his 10th sack of the season. The Bucs finished with three sacks.

EARLY TURNOVERS

Titans rookie defensive lineman Isaiah Mack recovered a quick shotgun snap to Winston to set up Tannehill's 5-yard TD pass to Jonnu Smith, and Malcolm Butler caught Winston's overthrown pass to Chris Godwin and ran to the Titans 10. Tannehill made it 14-3 with a 6-yard TD pass to Tajae Sharpe.

BLAME THEM

Winston finished with 301 yards passing, while Evans had 11 catches for 198 yards. Arians was asked about the Bucs' offense seeming to be on different pages, and he made clear where he wants improvement. "It's the receivers, not the quarterback," Arians said. "The receivers totally screwed it up."

Winston said the Bucs had the game in the bag.

"I've got to play better, but we all have to play better," Winston said.

INJURIES

Titans left guard Rodger Saffold went down on a pass play in the first quarter and went to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion. He did not return and Jamil Douglas replaced him. Three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Taylor Lewan went to the sideline with 1:42 left.

UP NEXT

Bucs: continue two-game road swing at Seattle.

Titans: visit Carolina.

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Passing

TB Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
J. Winston 43 21 48.8 2 301 46 2 68.1 3
TEN Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat Sk
R. Tannehill 33 21 63.6 3 193 26 0 109.8 3

Rushing

TB Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Winston 8 53 6.6 20 0
R. Jones II 11 35 3.2 7 0
TEN Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
B. Kern 1 0 0.0 0 0
D. Henry 16 75 4.7 34 0

Receiving

TB Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Evans 11 198 18.0 46 2
C. Godwin 4 43 10.8 12 0
TEN Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Smith 6 78 13.0 26 1
A. Firkser 3 43 14.3 23 0

Team Stats Comparison

TB TEN
Points For 23 27
Total Yards 389 246
Rushing Yards 106 72
Passing Yards 283 174
Passing Completions / Attempts 21/43 21/33
Turnovers 4 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 0
Fumbles - Lost 3/2 2/1
First Downs 23 16
Rushing Touchdowns 0 0
Passing Touchdowns 2 3
Penalties - Yards 9/87 6/77
Time Of Possession 31:34 28:26
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/15 5/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/2 0/1
Red Zone Conversions/Attempts 2/4 3/3
Sacks Against 3 3
Punts - Average Yards 3/43 5/50
Punt Returns - Average Yards/Punt Return 3/15 0/0
Kickoff Returns - Average Yards/Kickoff Return 2/24 1/45

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter TB TEN
TB 3:32 FG Matt Gay 22 yd FG 3 0
TEN 6:05 TD Jonnu Smith 5 yd pass from Ryan Tannehill (Cody Parkey kick) 3 7
TEN 14:36 TD Tajae Sharpe 6 yd pass from Ryan Tannehill (Cody Parkey kick) 3 14
2nd Quarter TB TEN
TB 7:09 FG Matt Gay 48 yd FG 6 14
TB 11:13 FG Matt Gay 24 yd FG 9 14
TEN 13:51 FG Cody Parkey 51 yd FG 9 17
TB 14:45 TD Mike Evans 9 yd pass from Jameis Winston (failed 2pt Pass) 15 17
3rd Quarter TB TEN
TB 3:49 TD Mike Evans 2 yd pass from Jameis Winston (Chris Godwin 2pt Pass from Jameis Winston) 23 17
TEN 14:23 FG Cody Parkey 42 yd FG 23 20
4th Quarter TB TEN
TEN 8:05 TD A.J. Brown 8 yd pass from Ryan Tannehill (Cody Parkey kick) 23 27

Game Information

Stadium: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Attendance: 62,073
Game Time: 3:22
Weather: