Here are all the things you need to know for the first Titans preseason game.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
The Packers are the defending NFC North champions, finishing 8-7-1, and edging the Chicago Bears (8-8) to win the division. The Packers season ended with a Wild Card round playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Head Coach Mike McCarthey, in his 9th season with the Packers, is 82-45 in the regular season as a head coach, and 86-50 overall. McCarthy is 1-1 all time against the Titans and 0-1 at L.P. Field.
Green Bay trails the all-time series with the Titans 6-5 (regular and post season, though there are no post season meetings)
The last regular season meeting between the two took place on 12/23/13, with Green Bay crushing the Titans 55-7 at Lambeau Field.
Tonight's meeting will mark the fifth appearance, both preseason and regular season for Aaron Rodgers at L.P. Field in his 10 year NFL career.
The Packers hold a winning record against Ken Whisenhunt as a head coach. (1-2, including 1-0 postseason when Whisenhunt was the head coach of Arizona)
PACKERS PLAYERS TO WATCH.
Obviously QB Aaron Rodgers, the 2011 NFL MVP, and the NFL's all-time career leader in passer rating. (104.9)
RB Eddie Lacy, last seasons Offensive Rookie of the Year, was a second round selection (61st overall) and finished his rookie campaign with 1,178 rushing yards and 11 TD's. Lacy added 35 receptions for 257 yards.
WR Randall Cobb, who is from Alcoa High School in Alcoa, Tn.
Rookie first round selection HaHa Clinton-Dix is currently listed as second team on the Packers depth chart behind Micah Hyde. Expect to see Clinton Dix for about a quarter as the Packers will be looking to see how the rookie adapts to game conditions.
DE Julius Peppers
OLB Clay Matthews, who is the nephew of former Titans Hall-of Fame offensive lineman, and former o-line coach Bruce Matthews.
These three offensive players will not likely play past the first quarter.
The Titans are 2-0 all-time at L.P Field against Green Bay.(Regular season)
The Titans lead the all-time preseason series over the Packers 7-3.
The last preseason meeting between the two (9/3/09) was won by the Titans 27-13.
The Titans longest winning streak against the Packers is three straight. (2001-08) Their longest losing streak to the Packers is two straight. (19-92-98)
A Titans win tonight would improve their all-time preseason record at L.P. Field to 23-8
Ken Whisenhunt became the 17th head coach all time in Oilers/Titans history when he was hired as the third HC in the Titans era on January 13, 2014.
A win tonight would improve Ken Whisenhunt's career record in the preseason to 9-17.
Titans backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst is the son of former Packers QB David Whitehurst, who was the Packers QB from 1977-83.
Titans undrafted rookie guard Justin McCray and Packers undrafted rookie guard Jordan McCray are twin brothers from Miami, Florida. They played together at Central Florida.
TITANS PLAYERS TO WATCH.
It starts and ends this season with QB Jake Locker. Most agree that as Locker goes, so goes the hopes of the Titans season. Locker MUST stay healthy and improve his accuracy issues. He has appeared to have done just that by improving his footwork and accuracy during the early part of camp. Locker will be seeing his first live game action since his season ending foot injury last season at L.P. Field. Expect Locker and the first team offense to see between 15-20 plays maximum, depending on how the series go.
The biggest question and other than Locker that we want to see tonight is the defense. Having changed from the 4-3 to the 3-4 under new DC Ray Horton, it will be interesting to see how they fair early on against Rodgers and a potent Packers offense.
Rookie RB Bishop Sankey. His first NFL action for the second round pick will be watched closely to see if he can carry the load as the feature back, something the Titans want him to do. He has the talent to do just that, but he will be hit for the first time in the NFL tonight.
CB Tommie Campbell. He has been an enigma since his arrival in Nashville. He has all the desired traits, size, speed, physicality but has been unable to translate it all to performance on the field. Campbell has been running second team so far in camp and has had some bad moments early, but has looked better the last couple days. What he does tonight is important for both he and the team.
WR's Michael Preston,Derek Hagan, Brian Robiske and Marc Mariani have all been impressive catching the football in camp, and all need to carry that over into the preseason games as they are battling for roster spots.
Kickers Maikon Bonani and Travis Coons. Any attempts these guys get tonight will be important to their chances of making the roster, as this has appeared to be a close competition so far. Bonani has the stronger leg, but Coons has been more accurate so far.
TELEVISION AND RADIO COVERAGE
Kickoff scheduled for 7:00p.m.
WKRN Channel 2 (ABC Nashville)
Sideline Reporter:Audra Martin
WGFX 104.5 FM-The Zone
Sirius Channel 88
Gameday Host:Rhett Bryan
Sideline Reporter:Jonathan Hutton
Referee: Bill Leary
Head Linesman:Tony Veteri
Line Judge:Mark Perlman
Field Judge:Jimmy Buchannan
Side Judge:Scott Novak
Back Judge:Keith Ferguson
Replay official:Larry Nemmers