One way to show everyone that this is a different Titans team is by ending this historic slump against the Chargers.
The Titans haven't defeated the Chargers since the early '90s when they were still in Houston.
This is another game that will have huge playoff implications even at this early stage in the season, because the Chargers will be another one of those 8-10 win teams battling for a wild-card spot.
The Titans have to win the majority of these types of matchups. They didn't do that last season with the exception of that improbable Thursday night win over the Steelers.
It will be hard for the Titans to reach the playoffs by just stockpiling wins over bottom feeders of the AFC. They have to win these games against teams that are in the middle of the pack.
This will an early test for this newly assembled Titans secondary that includes Bernard Pollard.
Pollard has said that the Titans are going to play "smack-you-in-mouth football," according to the Tennessean, and they'll get plenty of chances to do that against the Chargers passing attack.
A new tone will be set if the Titans can exorcise their demons against the Chargers early in the season.