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Marcus Mariota was benched in favour of Ryan Tannehill but it made no difference as the Tennessee Titans were shutout by the Denver Broncos.

0:53 | October 13, 2019 | Denver Broncos, Football, NFL, Tennessee Titans

Game Information
Location: Empower Field at Mile High Denver, Colorado
Attendance: 75,815

DENVER (AP) On a day the Denver Broncos honored their past, their current roster put on a good, old-fashioned defensive destruction of the Tennessee Titans.

The Broncos (2-4) blasted their way to seven sacks and three interceptions while sending Marcus Mariota to the bench and then stifling his backup, Ryan Tannehill, too, in a 16-0 win, their first shutout in two years.

They allowed just 204 yards on a day they honored recent Hall of Fame inductee Champ Bailey and other members of their all-time top 100 team including Rich "Tombstone" Jackson, Dennis Smith and Karl Mecklenburg.

"I had it in my mind to put on a show for those guys," said cornerback Chris Harris Jr., whose interception just before halftime snapped Mariota's streak of 206 passes without being picked off. "Especially Champ, I told him I'd give him my football from my 20th pick."

This marked the first time Denver had seven sacks and three interceptions in a game since Sept. 16, 1984. It also happened three times in the 1970s and twice in the 1960s.

Mariota was sacked three times and he was benched after Justin Simmons's interception early in the third quarter led to the game's only touchdown , a 2-yard run by Phillip Lindsay that made it 13-0.

"I was inaccurate today, didn't give our guys a chance to make plays," said Mariota, who was just 7-for-18 for 63 yards and a paltry passer rating of 9.5.

"We're just trying to find a way to move the football, score some points," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. "Our defense was forcing them to kick field goals. We gave up the touchdown, but I felt like we were in the game and we needed to find a way to score."

No such luck.

Tannehill was sacked four times and picked off by Kareem Jackson on Tennessee's final drive, which reached the Denver 5-yard line before two offensive penalties and a sack pushed the Titans (2-4) back to the 30-yard line.

"We were very pumped ," Harris said of Jackson's interception with 1:30 remaining, which allowed Joe Flacco to kneel out the clock. "We wanted a shutout."

"It's a lot of fun when you dominate, especially when you start the way we did," Jackson said of Denver's slow September in which they went three games without a sack and four without a takeaway. "We felt like we were close. We felt like we had to make one or two more plays and things would start to swing in our direction."

Tannehill was 13 of 16 for 144 yards but much of that came with the Broncos protecting the end zone late.

"I just wasn't good enough," Tannehill said. "We failed to put points on the board. You're not going to win any games if you can't put points on the board."

The Broncos, who haven't allowed a touchdown in nine quarters, host Kansas City (4-2) on Thursday night with the chance to get back into the AFC West race after starting the Vic Fangio era with four frustrating losses.

"I'm hyped up," Harris said. "I can't wait. I'm ready for the Chiefs."

BIG ADDITION

The Broncos' winning streak coincides with the insertion of ILB Alexander Johnson into the starting lineup. Last week, he made his first start since Nov. 15, 2004, for Tennessee vs. Kentucky, and recorded nine tackles and an end zone interception against the Chargers. On Sunday, he had a team-leading nine tackles, two QB hits, 1 1/2 sacks and a tackle for loss.

"He's been killing it since he stepped in, and I'm happy for him," said Von Miller, who got half a sack.

Also collecting sacks for Denver were: DeMarcus Walker (two), Derek Wolfe (two) and Shelby Harris.

"It's great," Miller said. "We just kept chipping away. You hit the rock 100 times and on the 101st blow it cracks for us. It's good to have so many guys have so much success today. We had three picks. Turnovers have been evading us all season long."

PUNT PRACTICE

Both Denver and Tennessee were 2 of 14 on third downs, leading to 17 punts.

The first half featured more flags (10) and punts (11) than points (six), which came on two field goals by Brandon McManus, whose 53-yarder ended a skid in which he'd missed seven straight from beyond 50 yards.

HALL OF FAME

At halftime, Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker presented Hall of Fame rings to Bailey and the family of late owner Pat Bowlen. Also, Bailey was inducted as the 33rd member of the team's Ring of Fame.

INJURIES

Titans ILB Jayon Brown (groin) left the game on Tennessee's second defensive snap.

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders sat out the second half with a knee injury.

UP NEXT

Titans: Host the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Broncos: Host the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Titans Broncos
10:16 Brandon McManus 31 yd FG 0 3

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Titans Broncos
04:40 Brandon McManus 53 yd FG 0 6

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Titans Broncos
04:56 Phillip Lindsay 2 yd run (Brandon McManus kick) 0 13

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Titans Broncos
04:53 Brandon McManus 48 yd FG 0 16

Team Stats
  Tennessee Denver
1st Downs 12 11
Total Yards 204 270
Passing 165 167
Passing Completions/Attempts 20-34 18-28
Yards/Pass 4.0 5.8
Rushing 39 103
Rushing Attempts 21 30
Yards/Rush 1.9 3.4
Turnovers 3 1
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 3 1
Possession 30:14 29:46

Tennessee Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Ryan Tannehill 13 16 144 9.0 0 1
Marcus Mariota 7 18 63 3.5 0 2

Denver Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Joe Flacco 18 28 177 6.3 0 1

Tennessee Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Derrick Henry 15 28 1.9 0 6
Ryan Tannehill 1 6 6.0 0 6
Marcus Mariota 2 4 2.0 0 5
Dalyn Dawkins 2 2 1.0 0 1
Dion Lewis 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Denver Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Phillip Lindsay 15 70 4.7 1 30
Royce Freeman 11 34 3.1 0 8
Joe Flacco 4 -1 -0.2 0 1

Tennessee Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Adam Humphries 6 47 7.8 0 16
Delanie Walker 3 43 14.3 0 18
Corey Davis 3 36 12.0 0 18
Anthony Firkser 1 25 25.0 0 25
A.J. Brown 2 23 11.5 0 13
Dion Lewis 3 20 6.7 0 9
Jonnu Smith 1 8 8.0 0 8
Derrick Henry 1 5 5.0 0 5
Tajae Sharpe 0 0 0.0 0
Darius Jennings 0 0 0.0 0

Denver Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Courtland Sutton 4 76 19.0 0 41
Royce Freeman 5 42 8.4 0 19
DaeSean Hamilton 2 25 12.5 0 13
Noah Fant 2 16 8.0 0 11
Andy Janovich 1 8 8.0 0 8
Phillip Lindsay 2 5 2.5 0 3
Fred Brown 1 5 5.0 0 5
Emmanuel Sanders 1 0 0.0 0 0

Tennessee Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Rashaan Evans 6 4 0 0
Harold Landry III 6 1 0 0
Wesley Woodyard 5 1 1 10
Kevin Byard 5 0 0 0
Jurrell Casey 4 0 0 0
Logan Ryan 4 1 0 0
Kenny Vaccaro 4 3 0 0
Adoree' Jackson 2 0 0 0
Jayon Brown 1 0 0 0
DaQuan Jones 1 0 0 0
Malcolm Butler 0 1 0 0
Kamalei Correa 0 1 0 0
Dane Cruikshank 0 0 0 0
Corey Davis 0 0 0 0
Nate Davis 0 0 0 0
Darius Jennings 0 0 0 0
Austin Johnson 0 2 0 0
Tye Smith 0 0 0 0

Denver Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
A.J. Johnson 6 3 1.5 3
Todd Davis 6 1 0 0
Mike Purcell 5 0 0 0
Will Parks 4 0 0 0
Justin Simmons 4 0 0 0
DeMarcus Walker 3 1 2 18
Derek Wolfe 3 0 2 16
Chris Harris Jr. 3 1 0 0
Shelby Harris 2 1 1 1
Davontae Harris 2 0 0 0
Von Miller 1 1 0.5 3
Kareem Jackson 1 0 0 0
Malik Reed 1 1 0 0
Jeremiah Attaochu 0 0 0 0
Fred Brown 0 0 0 0
Royce Freeman 0 0 0 0
Joseph Jones 0 0 0 0
Trey Marshall 0 0 0 0
Corey Nelson 0 0 0 0
Isaac Yiadom 0 0 0 0

Tennessee Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Kevin Byard 1 25 0

Denver Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Kareem Jackson 1 24 0
Chris Harris Jr. 1 11 0
Justin Simmons 1 5 0

Tennessee Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jonnu Smith 1 16 16.0 0 16

Denver Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

Tennessee Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Adam Humphries 3 19 6.3 0 11

Denver Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Diontae Spencer 3 48 16.0 0 42

Tennessee Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
No kicking stats.

Denver Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Brandon McManus 3 3 100.0 53

Tennessee Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Brett Kern 9 424 61

Denver Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Colby Wadman 8 401 56