We’ve known since the final game of the 2008 season who the Titans’ opponents would be this year, but we didn’t know until tonight when the games would be played. (Except for the NFL season opener at Pittsburgh, which was decided upon at the league meetings in March.)
Numerologists might find the following items, featuring the number four, interesting. Tennessee will have four primetime games this year. The Titans will play the Jets for the fourth year in a row. Four of the first six games are on the road and four of the last six are at home. Also, four of the last six games will be against teams that were in the playoffs last year.
West Coast road games have been tough for the Titans in recent years. This year, the game at San Francisco on November 8 might be a tough one. Week 17 at Seattle doesn’t look as tough since the Titans will have a long week with an extra two days following the Christmas night game. Will the NFC West be weak again? The 49ers, Seahawks and Rams were a combined 13-35 (.271) last year. Outside their division, they were 7-23 (.233).
Will the Titans wear their throwback uniforms again in the primetime Monday night game at Houston? That will sure tick off a lot of Texans fans.
The toughest two-game stretch looks like it will be against the Colts and Patriots in Weeks Six and Seven.
The Titans have had problems playing the Chargers for too long to think about and have to play them this year after a very short week of preparation. The only good things about it are 1) it’s a home game, and 2) by Week 16 the Chargers may have sewn up their division title and will rest some starters.
The Colts should be the Titans’ main competition in the AFC South. Looking at their schedule, their toughest games seem to be at Arizona in Week Three, versus the Patriots and at Baltimore in Weeks 10 and 11, and Week 17 at Buffalo. The Colts have had problems playing cold-weather games and a January contest outdoors with the wind whipping in off Lake Erie won’t be too much fun for them.
Here’s the Titans’ complete 2009 regular season schedule:
Week One Sep 10 at Pittsburgh (Thursday night, NBC)
Week Two Sep 20 vs Texans
Week Three Sep 27 at NY Jets
Week Four Oct 4 at Jacksonville
Week Five Oct 11 vs Colts (Sunday night, NBC)
Week Six Oct 18 at New England
Week Seven Bye
Week Eight Nov 1 vs Jaguars
Week Nine Nov 8 at San Francisco
Week Ten Nov 15 vs Bills
Week 11 Nov 23 at Houston (Monday night, ESPN)
Week 12 Nov 29 vs Cardinals
Week 13 Dec 6 at Indianapolis
Week 14 Dec 13 vs Rams
Week 15 Dec 20 vs Dolphins
Week 16 Dec 25 vs Chargers (Friday, Christmas night, NFLN)
Week 17 Jan 3 at Seattle
Titans fans, what are your thoughts about the schedule?
Note: As discussed earlier, the Titans selected Wake Forest CB Alphonso Smith in MVN Outsider’s mock draft. Here’s the article on it.