NASHVILLE, TENN. –The Tennessee Titans will host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football on October 27th, in the first home primetime game since 2004. Additionally, Tennessee will make their fifth appearance in a Thanksgiving game in franchise history when they travel to Detroit to take on the Lions on November 27th. The Titans open the season at home against division rival Jacksonville (Sept. 7).
“I am pleased with the way the schedule lays out this year from a functional standpoint. It is always special to start at home against a division rival,” said Titans head coach Jeff Fisher.
“After a few years without a home primetime game, I know our fans will look forward to hosting the Colts on a Monday night and creating an electric atmosphere for that game. Being part of the Thanksgiving Day tradition is a real honor for our team. I have been lucky enough to experience the game as a player and a coach and it is a unique experience.”
The Titans schedule features home games against Cleveland, Green Bay, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Minnesota, New York Jets and Pittsburgh. Tennessee will travel to Baltimore, Cincinnati, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville and Kansas City.
Again this year, the NFL will feature “flexible scheduling” for the Sunday night game in Weeks 11-17. Teams will be given two weeks notice if a game is moving from an afternoon game to a night contest.
Single game tickets for the 2008 season will go on sale July 12.
The Titans 2008 schedule contains several interesting stories:
This will be the fifth Thanksgiving Day appearance by the Titans/Oilers franchise. They are 4-0 in their previous “turkey day” contests with the most recent win coming at Dallas in 1997. Other Thanksgiving games include games in Dallas in 1988 and 1979 and one game at Detroit in 1992. The game in Detroit will also be the franchises first appearance at Ford Field.
The schedule features four playoff teams in six games: Indianapolis (twice), Jacksonville (twice), Pittsburgh and Green Bay.
The Titans will play a regular season game in Chicago for the first time since 1995 and the first time since Soldier Field was redesigned in 2003.
Since 1999, when LP Field opened, the Titans have started the regular season at home five times (now six) and have posted a 3-2 record in those contests.
The Titans renew their rivalry with the Cincinnati Bengals on September 14. The Bengals and Titans/Oilers have faced each other 70 times during the regular season, the most of any Titans opponent.
Minnesota will play for the first time at LP Field, where opponents are 7-22 in their initial visit. Only one other team has yet to play at LP Field, Arizona.