By Ron Wynn
NASHVILLE, TN — Both the NFL and the Tennessee Titans are proceeding as though the 2020 season will begin on time, and that includes the usual four preseason games. Last Friday the team announced there would be one change in the preseason slate. with an earlier starting time. The Titans are scheduled to start the preseason on the road against Washington August 15 for what was first a 4:15 CDT start, but it will now begin at 3 p.m. CDT. It will also be carried by both WRKN-2 and the NFL Network. WKRN will once again air all four preseason games, assuming they proceed as planned.
The Titans first home game for 2020 will be August 22 against the New York Giants at 7 p.m. Their final road preseason game will August 29 at 6 p.m. in Florida as they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That one will be of major interest because historically the regulars play the most in the third preseason contest, using it as their finale. That would mean that the Titans would see both Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, the Bucs two premier off-season signees.
The preseason home finale will be a September 3 game against the Chicago Bears and it’s set for a 7 p.m. start time. Then the Titans will be featured on national television for the second half of the season opening Monday Night Football doubleheader, playing the Broncos in Denver at 9:10 p.m. It should be a highly watched game, particularly since it will be the first time longtime Titans’ stalwart Jurrell Casey will be facing his former teammates. Interestingly, three of the four Titans preseason games are on Saturday, with the last one being on Thursday.
The Titans hope this season to hit the double-digit mark in victories at minimum, and get themselves at least one home playoff game in the process. No one wants to see the streak of 9-7 years extended to five, nor a dip below that mark.