The Tennessee Titans finished their 2011-12 NFL season with a 23-22 win over the Houston Texans on January 1, 2012. The Titans didn't qualify for playoff consideration as they were ousted by the Cincinnati Bengals for the AFC's final wild-card berth. The Titans finished second in the AFC South with a 9-7 record. They were the only team who missed the playoffs with a record above .500.
The NFL team schedules won't be released until March or April. However, the opponents that each team will face are set after the final week of regular-season play. Here are the home and road opponents for the Titans in the 2012-13 season. Please note that all teams that are underlined, italicized and in bold were playoff teams in 2011.
Also listed is a projected list of rotational shifts through 2015.
Home Opponents In 2012:
Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions
Road Opponents In 2012:
Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings
Projected 2012 Rotational Shifts: NFC North, AFC East
Projected 2013 Rotational Shifts: NFC West, AFC West
Projected 2014 Rotational Shifts: NFC East, AFC North
Projected 2015 Rotational Shifts: NFC South, AFC East
The Titans look like they'll have a pretty challenging schedule as they'll be facing the NFC North and AFC East on rotational shifts. The Titans were 4-4 against teams who were also on their 2011-12 schedule. They're fortunate enough to have four of six games against 2011 playoff teams played at L.P. Field.
It's always good to see the Pittsburgh Steelers on the schedule. Having spent over one decade in Northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula, I might be one of the few people in Middle Tennessee who has no problem with the Titans making a trip out to Lambeau Field. They've always given the Packers problems since they moved to Nashville in the late-90s. I'm really interested to see how that Titans' pass defense handles Aaron Rodgers. They did a great job against Drew Brees this season.
One of the things that I notice from these teams is that many of them will either have new coaching staffs or should have new coaching staffs. The Colts, Jaguars, Dolphins and Chargers probably will make changes this offseason. The Bills, Vikings and Jets also don't have the most impressive coaching staffs.
That's nine games right there. Can the Titans' coaching staff take advantage?
Titans head coach Mike Munchak has a good opportunity. Of course, the Titans must survive the growing pains of a second-year quarterback in Jake Locker. Will Kenny Britt fully recover from his injury? Will Chris Johnson return to the dominant back that he once was? What will Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt do with free agents like Chris Hope and Cortland Finnegan?
Joshua Huffman graduated from Middle Tennessee State University as a marketing major in 2009. He's been a Middle Tennessee resident from 1986-88 and 2001-present. He lived in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin from 1988-01 and for approximately eight months in 2009-10 while completing a 20-game volunteer position with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers. His favorite sports organizations include the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs and Nashville Predators. He also follows the Tennessee Titans, his favorite AFC team.
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