Tough Titan sked starts at home
Posted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 5:11 pm
By: By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer
NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Titans will play twice under the lights in 2010, and the team that opened last season playing away from home four of its first six games is staying in Music City for the first two this time around.
The NFL released the 2010 schedule Tuesday night.
The Titans already knew they had a schedule tied for the league’s toughest based on how teams finished last season with four opponents reaching the playoffs in 2009 but learned when those games will be played.
They visit Jacksonville on Monday night on Oct. 18, and the Titans host AFC South rival Indianapolis in a Thursday night game on Dec. 9. Tennessee opens the season Sept. 12 hosting Oakland with Pittsburgh visiting Sept. 19.
The Titans started 0-6 in 2009 when four of those first six games were played on the road and finished 8-8.
This season, they don’t travel until Sept. 26 when they visit the New York Giants in their new stadium.
That is the first of four road games in seven weeks including a trip Oct. 10 to Dallas, that prime-time game at Jacksonville, Oct. 31 in San Diego with the bye Nov. 7 before a trip Nov. 14 to Miami.
With that bye, the Titans will host Denver on Oct. 3 and Philadelphia on Oct. 24. Washington visits Nov. 21 with Tennessee pitted against the NFC East.
Titans’ coach Jeff Fisher said that middle section will be challenging but the Titans historically play well on the road. A new emphasis on division play has the Titans finishing the season with five of their final six games in the AFC South.
That stretch starts Nov. 28 at Houston before the Titans host Jacksonville on Dec. 5, Indianapolis in prime-time and Houston on Dec. 19.
“Reaching our goal of winning the division will be determined during this stretch to end the year. The bye comes at an ideal time with long road trips before and after.”
Tennessee concludes the regular-season schedule on the road at Kansas City on Dec. 26 and at Indianapolis on Jan. 2, a game pitting the only teams to win the AFC South title — splitting each of the past two seasons. This will be the third time in four seasons the Titans have wrapped up the season at Indianapolis.
EXTRA POINTS: The Titans will play San Diego for the fifth straight season, and this will be the ninth time they play Oakland over the past 12 years including both the regular season and postseason. … The bye coming in Week 9 will be the team’s latest since the 2005 season.