NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Titans (1-0) play their home opener this week against the AFC South rival Indianapolis Colts (0-1). Kickoff at Nissan Stadium (capacity 69,134) is scheduled for noon CDT on Sunday, Sept. 15.
At halftime of the game, controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk and the Titans will retire Steve McNair’s No. 9 jersey and running back Eddie George’s No. 27 jersey. They will become the seventh and eighth players in franchise history to have their numbers retired. Among the 31 other NFL clubs, there is not another No. 9 or No. 27 jersey retired.
This week’s game will be televised on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. The broadcast team includes play-by-play announcer Spero Dedes and analyst Adam Archuleta.
Within the two teams’ television markets, fans can livestream the game on their mobile devices from the Titans app (iOS devices) and the Yahoo! Sports app (iOS and Android devices). Restrictions apply. For more information visit TitansOnline.com.
The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will carry the game across the Mid-South with the “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith, analyst Dave McGinnis, sideline reporter Amie Wells *and gameday hosts *Rhett Bryan and Jonathan Hutton.
Sports USA will broadcast the game to a national radio audience. Play-by-play announcer Larry Kahn, analyst Hank Bauer and sideline reporter Troy West have the call.
TITANS BEGIN WITH WIN IN CLEVELAND
The Titans launched the regular season last week with a 43-13 victory in Cleveland. Quarterback Marcus Mariota directed the offense with three touchdown passes, while the defense contributed three interceptions, five sacks and a safety—a first in franchise history for the defense for that combination.
Tight end Delanie Walker was on the receiving end of two of Mariota’s scoring passes in his first game back since being injured in the 2018 season opener, while rookie wide receiver A.J. Brown totaled 100 receiving yards in his NFL regular season debut. Running backDerrick Henry had 159 total yards of offense, including a career-best 75-yard touchdown reception.
The defense’s totals included 2.5 sacks (including a safety) by outside linebacker Cameron Wake, who became the second active player (Terrell Suggs) to reach 100 career sacks. Additionally, cornerback Logan Ryan became the third Titans/Oilers player since 1982 to record at least one interception and at least 1.5 sacks in the same game.
When the Titans last saw the Colts, the two teams squared off in “Game 256,” the final game of the NFL’s 2018 regular season (Dec. 30), which decided a wild card playoff berth. The Colts left Nissan Stadium with a 33-17 win to advance to the postseason.
Like Tennessee’s Mike Vrabel, Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich is in his second season at the helm. He became the third head coach in Colts history to win a playoff game in his first season.
Reich and the Colts experienced an abrupt change at the quarterback position only two weeks before the 2019 regular season. On Aug. 24, former starter Andrew Luck announced his retirement, leaving the job to fourth-year veteran Jacoby Brissett.
Brissett started last week when the Colts opened their season on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers. He passed for two touchdowns and helped the Colts come back from a 24-9 deficit in the second half. However, the Chargers won the game 30-24 in overtime.
LP PENCIL BOX DRIVE
Fans attending the game are encouraged to participate in the LP PENCIL Box School Supply Drive. LP PENCIL Box, a collaborative non-profit venture between PENCIL Foundation and LP Building Products, offers Nashville Metro teachers the opportunity to acquire supplies for the city’s most in-need children. Collection locations will be positioned outside of Nissan Stadium to collect donated items such as pencil boxes, paper towels, backpacks, construction paper, notebook paper, art supplies, primary tablets, kleenex and classroom cleaning supplies.