The NFL released the complete 2012 schedule for the Tennessee Titans Tuesday night.
I'll post a game by game prediction for the Titans in the next few days, but here are my quick-hit thoughts.
- Back and Forth: The Titans don't have too many tough road trips, nor do they face many consecutive road games. After Week 5, they don't play back to back road games the rest of the season. This should keep the Titans from suffering any lengthy losing streaks and gives their schedule an insular feeling. *Clarification Note: week 12 and 14 are back to back road games, but are separated by a bye, avoiding the rigors of consecutive travel weeks.
- Catching a Break : I mentioned their game with the Steelers earlier, but the Titans really got lucky facing Pittsburgh on a Thursday night. Steeler Nation is everywhere, but you have to expect fewer fans to drive down from Pennsylvania for a weekday night game. Pittsburgh fans have a way of infiltrating the stadium, so not playing them on a weekend could help.
- Survive and Advance: Opening with the Patriots, Chargers on the road, Lions, and Texans is a bum draw for the Titans. San Diego is the weakest team of the bunch, but West Coast road trips are never easy. This is a brutal opening set for the Titans, but even a 2-2 start could end up paving the way to the playoffs.
Here is the complete schedule.
Week 1: New England
Week 2: @ San Diego
Week 3: Detroit
Week 4: @ Houston
Week 5: @ Minnesota
Week 6: Pittsburgh (Thursday Night Football)
Week 7: @ Buffalo
Week 8: Indianapolis
Week 9: Chicago
Week 10: @ Miami
Week 11: Bye
Week 12: @ Jacksonville
Week 13: Houston
Week 14: @ Indianapolis
Week 15: New York Jets (Monday Night Football)
Week 16: @ Green Bay
Week 17: Jacksonville
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