Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Tennessee Titans schedule analysis
By Paul Kuharsky
Breakdown: A year ago they were a completely unknown quantity under a new coach and didn’t have a single prime-time game. In Mike Munchak’s second season, the Titans will host two prime-time games -- Thursday, Oct. 11 against the Steelers and Monday, Dec 17 against the Jets. That will pull some major eyeballs back to the NFL in Nashville.
Overall the team has a nice balance of home and away, with only one pair of back-to-back road games -- Sept. 30 at Houston and Oct. 7 at Minnesota. The Titans also have only one pair of back-to-back home games -- against Indianapolis Oct. 28 and Chicago Nov. 4. A Week 11 bye breaks up another pair of road games.
Tennessee’s two potential coldest games landed on Oct. 21 (at Buffalo) and Dec. 23 (at Green Bay), while its two possible warmest-weather games land in November: at Miami Nov. 11 and at Jacksonville Nov. 25.
Complaint department: We’ll know if the Titans are going to be much of a contender after a month, because New England, at San Diego, Detroit and at Houston should make for a pretty good test. A defense that we don’t know will be able to rush the passer well starts out with Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Matthew Stafford and, presumably, a healthy Matt Schaub. No easy stretch at all.
Division test: Four of the Titans’ final six games are from their AFC South slate, with both games against the Jaguars, the home game against the Texans and the road game against the Colts. After their Nov. 18 bye, they have three division games in a row -- at Jacksonville, Houston at home and at Indianapolis.
Titans Regular-Season Schedule (All times Eastern)
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 9, New England, 1:00 PM
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 16, at San Diego, 4:15 PM
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 23, Detroit, 1:00 PM
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 30, at Houston, 1:00 PM
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 7, at Minnesota, 1:00 PM
Week 6: Thursday, Oct. 11, Pittsburgh, 8:20 PM
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 21, at Buffalo, 1:00 PM
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 28, Indianapolis, 1:00 PM
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 4, Chicago, 1:00 PM
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 11, at Miami, 1:00 PM
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 25, at Jacksonville, 1:00 PM
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 2, Houston, 1:00 PM
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 9, at Indianapolis, 1:00 PM
Week 15: Monday, Dec. 17, N.Y. Jets, 8:30 PM
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 23, at Green Bay, 1:00 PM
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 30, Jacksonville, 1:00 PM