ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans stands on the field during a time out against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York.Tennessee won 23-17. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Click through the jump to see some facts and quotes from the NFL communications department about this game.The Saints have won four in a row and lead the NFC South by two games. Quarterback DREW BREES leads the NFL with 4,031 passing yards and is the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for at least 4,000 yards in the first 12 games of a season. Last week, Brees completed 26 of 36 passes (72.2 percent) for 342 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 129.6 passer rating. He has completed at least 20 passes in an NFL-record 32 games in a row and has a TD pass in 39 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in league history.
"It’s one game at a time and the games don’t get any easier," says Brees. "On the road at Tennessee is going to be a huge challenge. The Titans are playing very well right now. They’ve got some big-time players on that team."
Among the big-time players on 7-5 Tennessee is running back CHRIS JOHNSON, who has rushed for 343 yards (171.5 per game) in the past two games. In last week’s 23-17 win at Buffalo, Johnson rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns, including a 48-yard TD run. He has nine career TD runs of at least 45 yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer OLLIE MATSON and PAUL LOWE for the fourth-most in NFL history. Johnson trails Pro Football Hall of Famers BARRY SANDERS (18), JIM BROWN (13) and O.J. SIMPSON (10).
"A lot of guys are growing confidence and we’re starting to realize we have a good chance at being a great football team here," says Titans wide receiver NATE WASHINGTON. "Not just good, but great."