Tennessee Titans 2013 Schedule: Win-Loss Predictions for Every Game
The 2013 schedule for the Tennessee Titans offers plenty of heavyweights but also a handful of very winnable games.
For the Titans to have any chance at the playoffs, they'll have to avoid the ugly losses to teams that they're clearly better than.
However, they'll also have to manage to get a few mild upsets.
The first part of the schedule isn't a walk in the park by any means, but surviving that early part will give the Titans some pretty favorable odds at getting to double-digit wins for the first time since 2008.
Here is a look at the complete 2013 schedule for the Titans:
Tennessee has to show some serious improvement for Mike Munchak to remain the Titans head coach past this season.
With that said, here are your game-by-game predictions for the 2013 regular season.
Week 1 at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Titans' improbable win over the Steelers was one of the few bright spots to what was overall a disappointing season in 2012.
These two teams have met in each of the last five regulars seasons, and the Titans will look to make it two wins in a row in the series.
The Steelers are certainly still a formidable opponent, but they've also aged considerably. This also isn't the same Steelers team that has pretty much owned the Titans in recent memory, excluding last season.
It wouldn't be a shocker at all if the Titans were to pull off a season-opening win in what should be a low-scoring affair. The Titans defense has improved, and it'll help claw the team to a win.
Prediction: Titans 16, Steelers 13 (1-0)
Week 2 at Houston Texans
The Titans used to own the Texans, but that certainly isn't the case anymore.
It will be tough for that trend to change this season, as the Texans have a good-enough team to reach the Super Bowl.
If the Titans can make it an interesting game with the Texans on the road, then we'll really know how much the Titans have improved.
Pulling off the major upset here would be huge, but a double-digit loss against a very balanced team is the safe bet.
The recent dominance by the Texans over the Titans continues in Week 2.
Prediction: Texans 24, Titans 14 (1-1)
Week 3 vs. San Diego Chargers
The Chargers have dominated the Titans way longer than the Texans have, but the Titans have a decent chance to end a nine-game losing streak that dates back to 1992.
This is one of those winnable games that the Titans have to take to get a wild-card berth. The Chargers are an average team on both sides of the ball.
You also better believe that the Titans want to end this embarrassing losing streak and forget all about that 28-point romping to San Diego last season.
If this revamped Titans secondary can keep Philip Rivers from taking over the game, then the Chargers will come nowhere near the 38 points they scored in the 2012 meeting between these two teams.
The Titans will ride on their enhanced running game, and Jake Locker will manage the game just enough to win the home opener at LP Field to get fans excited again.
Prediction: Titans 28, Chargers 20 (2-1)
Week 4 vs. New York Jets
The Titans and Jets met last season in what was probably one of the ugliest nationally televised games in recent memory.
It ended up being a meaningless win for the Titans, despite the Jets having every opportunity to win the game.
Don't expect the score to be as close next season, with the Titans being the clearly better team. The Titans defense has improved enough to keep this anemic Jets offense from doing much of anything.
The Jets are a complete mess right now, and who knows who will be playing quarterback for New York in Week 4? Either a troubled Mark Sanchez or an inexperienced Geno Smith.
The Titans win this game in what should be the type of easy victory that Titans fans haven't enjoyed very often the last few years.
Prediction: Titans 21, Jets 7
Week 5 vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs, who have new head coach Andy Reid running things, should end up being a much-improved team in 2013, just like the Titans should be.
These two teams last met in 2010 when Kerry Collins was under center for the Titans, and that ended in a lopsided loss that helped derail the Jeff Fisher era.
Another loss to the Chiefs may derail the Mike Munchak era, but figuring out a way to contain Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis would vastly improve Tennessee's chances of starting 4-1.
This game is a major toss-up when you look at it now.
With that said, the Titans suffer a setback here and lose to a Chiefs team that could very well end up being the most improved NFL team of 2013.
Prediction: Chiefs 17, Titans 14 (3-2)
Week 6 at Seattle Seahawks
Even with the loss of Percy Harvin, the Seahawks are still going to be a strong contender in the NFC. Add to that how tough it is to win in Seattle, and that makes for a tough matchup for the Titans.
It will really be all about how well Jake Locker is playing at this point to know if the Titans will stand any chance. The Seahawks have a great defense that will make it tough if the Titans are one dimensional.
Locker may be showing improvement, but he won't be improved enough to lead to the Titans to a road win in Seattle.
They'll drop to .500 heading into Week 7.
Prediction: Seahawks 28, Titans 10 (3-3)
Week 7 vs. San Francisco 49ers
These two teams are very different from the last time they met, in 2009: The 49ers are a Super Bowl contender.
It will mark the second week in a row in which the Titans face a very tough NFC West opponent.
At least this one is at home for the Titans, but putting up enough points to outscore a 49ers offense led by Colin Kaepernick will be a very difficult task.
The Titans will most likely drop this game at home and set their sights on the always-coveted bye week.
Entering the bye week at 3-4 won't be the end of the world, as the Titans will have plenty of opportunities to make up ground in the division.
Week 9 at St. Louis Rams
This game won't be short of an intriguing storyline, as Jeff Fisher coaches his first game against the team that he coached for 16 years.
The Rams will bring a formidable pass rush that will put plenty of pressure on Jake Locker, so the turnover battle could become key in this matchup.
In return, the Titans defense should have a successful day against an extremely limited offense that no longer has Steven Jackson.
It will be a fun game to watch without the worry of outdoor elements, but the Titans defense should do enough to get them back on the winning track.
Prediction: Titans 24, Rams 14 (4-4)
Week 10 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Darius Reynaud is battling for a roster spot right now, and he probably wants the coaches to remember the two punts he returned for touchdowns in the season finale against the Jaguars last season.
The Jaguars figure to be one of the worst teams in the NFL. They're not particularly strong at any position.
A loss to the lowly Jaguars cost Mike Munchak a playoff appearance in his first season as Titans head coach, and he can't afford an encore.
Unless the Titans are down to Rusty Smith at quarterback in Week 10, they win this game in easy fashion at home.
Prediction: Titans 31, Jaguars 10 (5-4)
Week 11 vs. Indianapolis Colts
This might be one of the better Titans games to watch of the season if the Titans are indeed better than they were last season.
Let's not forget that Tennessee had every chance to beat the Colts in both meetings last season, and the Titans will be much better this season.
However, the Colts have the Titans trumped at quarterback with Andrew Luck. If he decides to go off, then it could be a rough day.
Since this game is at home in mid-November, the defense of the Titans should help them stay alive in the wild-card chase.
This is another close matchup to predict, but the Titans win this one on a late field goal by the big leg of Rob Bironas.
Prediction: Titans 24, Colts 21 (6-4)
Week 12 at Oakland Raiders
However, winning in Oakland still isn't easy. The Titans are the better team, but a few costly turnovers could turn this into a bad loss that could destroy a season.
Last season's Titans would lose this game just based on dealing with the tough road crowd.
Since this team will be much improved, the Titans get the road win against a bad team.
Prediction: Titans 20, Raiders 14 (7-4)
Week 13 at Indianapolis Colts
This will be the second time in three weeks that the Titans and Colts meet, with this meeting being in Indianapolis.
Teams make adjustments, and the Colts will make the necessary adjustments to avenge their earlier loss to the Titans in Nashville.
The Colts are going to be right there in the wild-card hunt with a few other teams, and Andrew Luck will handle the Titans at home in this one.
Prediction: Colts 31, Titans 20 (7-5)
Week 14 at Denver Broncos
The Titans and Broncos last met in 2011 when Matt Hasselbeck was quarterback, and it ended in controversial fashion as the Titans won.
Don't expect controversy or a Titans win in 2013.
The Broncos really have only one team in the AFC standing in their way of a Super Bowl appearance, and that is of course the New England Patriots.
An upset is something you can hope for, but things not getting out of hand like they did in Green Bay last season is also something to wish for.
Peyton Manning handled the Titans when he was with the Colts, and he'll do it again as a member of the Broncos.
Prediction: Broncos 35, Titans 17 (7-6)
Week 15 vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals are a team that may be flying under the radar, but they could end up making some noise in 2013.
If the Titans are making the playoffs, they'll have to silence that noise, as the regular season will be coming to a close when these two teams meet.
Carson Palmer is a big reason why the Cardinals are going to be much more dangerous, but their defense is no pushover either.
This is one of those games you should circle on the Titans schedule that has huge implications on if the they make the playoffs.
Only because the Titans have better personnel at running back and wide receiver, they get the win here at home.
Prediction: Titans 13, Cardinals 10 (8-6)
Week 16 at Jacksonville Jaguars
A late-season win against the Jaguars will be important for the Titans, as they'll probably be looking for every win they can get to stay in the wild-card picture.
Winning in Jacksonville shouldn't present much of a problem. As long as the Titans avoid overlooking this matchup, like they did in 2011, they'll win this game to put them very close to a playoff berth.
Don't be surprised if Jake Locker and the passing game put up season-best numbers to put it away early.
Prediction: Titans 28, Jaguars 17 (9-6)
Week 17 vs. Houston Texans
Here's the deal with this season finale against the Texans that the Titans will enjoy at home.
First off, the Texans could very well be playing for nothing at this point. They may have their playoff seed locked up and rest a bulk of their players.
This happened in 2011 when the Texans had their playoff seed locked up and lost to the Titans, who were pushing for the playoffs.
The same thing could end up happening again this season, with the Titans pushing for a 10-6 record. If the Titans get to 10-6, they'll have a strong chance at the playoffs.
Since the Texans figure to have their fate locked up by this point, the Titans win at home to make the playoff picture very interesting for Titans fans.
It's pretty much impossible to predict all of the tiebreakers, but the Titans will be in the mix for the playoffs with a 10-6 record in 2013.
Prediction: Titans 27, Texans 20 (10-6)