BY BRIAN DAVIS
Last Wednesday morning, the National Football League announced the 256 regular season football games plus August's four game preseason schedule for all 32 games.
The Tennessee Titans will play three playoff teams during their preseason. They will host the defending Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots in their first home preseason game. They will play at the Philadelphia Eagles to open their preseason and at the Chicago Bears to close out the pre-season. The Pittsburgh Steelers will come to Titans Stadium for Sunday Night Football on NBC on Aug. 25.
The Titans will open the regular season on the road against the resurgent Cleveland Browns. The team's home opener comes in Week 2 against their AFC South Division rival, the Indianapolis Colts, who defeated the Titans in Week 17's regular season home finale to claim the final playoff spot, before a Week 3 division game at the Jacksonville Jaguars in prime time on Thursday, Sept. 19.
They will play seven games, five at home and two on the road, against teams that went to the playoffs last season including hosting the Kansas City Chiefs, led by quarterback and last season's NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes, and the New Orleans Saints who are led by quarterback Drew Brees. These two teams have had the best records in their conference. Also, the Los Angeles Chargers who was the top AFC Wild Card team are scheduled to come to Nashville in the middle of October.
The Titans play three of their first four games on the road, and two of their final three games against the Houston Texans, the defending AFC South Division champions, including the season finale in Houston.
Currently, 11 of the team's 16 games are scheduled to begin at noon, although games in Weeks 11-17 are subject to being flexed to NBC's Sunday Night Football games that airs in prime time. The team's bye weekend is Nov. 17th.
The Titans' schedule is the ninth most difficult in the NFL based upon their opponents' combined 2018 winning percentage of .515 with the combined records of 131-124-1. Last season, the Titans finished 9-7.
"I try not to get too wrapped up in what the schedule looks like from year to year," Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said. "All schedules present challenges and this one certainly does as well. It is always exciting to see what lies ahead and start preparing for those opponents. I have learned through the years as a player and coach that how a schedule looks in April ends up looking very different once you have played it."