NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The 7-6 Tennessee Titans are a good rushing team that finds big plays in the passing game and is very good on third down.
But the team’s most impressive stat might just be its coin toss record.
In the start-of-game ritual that is likely to even out in the long run, the Titans are 10-3 this season.
On the road, when they call heads or tails, they’ve been right six times in seven chances. Opponents visiting Nissan Stadium have regularly been wrong, going 2-4.
"Coach always alludes to that during the week," said Wesley Woodyard, a special teams captain who thinks he’s only made the call once. "'This is what we want to do when we win the coin toss'. It always falls in our favor when we win it, because we at least get a chance to be on our own game track and be able to control at least that first series."
"You know what is so crazy? We all switch it," Orakpo said. "We literally walk up there and it’s like, 'All right Delanie, you’ve got it' or 'OK Rak, you’ve got it.' It’s very random really. And the other team’s just not calling it right."
"10-3, that’s pretty impressive. I didn’t even realize that."
The Titans have had some pretty good coin-toss years recently: They won it 12 times in 2014 when they won just two games. In 2012 they were 10-6, in 2011 11-5, and in 2007 12-4.
This season’s coin flip success has not always translated into start-of-game success.
In Houston, it failed. The Titans won the toss, deferred, surrendered a nine-play, 75-yard touchdown drive and then went three-and-out on offense.
But against Cleveland and Indianapolis, the Titans won the toss, took the ball and moved to an opening touchdown.
Against Green Bay the Titans won the toss, deferred, held the Packers to a three-and-out, then got a 75-yard DeMarco Murray touchdown run on their first play from scrimmage.
And against Denver, things followed a similar, if slower, course: The Titans won the flip, deferred, held the Broncos offense to three plays and a punt, then weaved together an 11-play, 70-yard touchdown drive.
"I don’t know what it is or what’s going on," Casey said. "But we definitely want to keep winning the toss as much as possible."