Breakdown:Mike Munchak will make his debut as a head coach in Jacksonville, then faces a team his team’s fans probably hate most, the Baltimore Ravens. The Tennessee Titans have a very comfortable month from mid-October to mid-November, with their bye week followed by a three-pack of home games -- against the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals.
A year after they played five of their six division games in the final six weeks of the season, those crucial games are much more reasonably spaced out. In fact, their games against the Jacksonville Jaguars are spaced as far apart as possible, in Week 1 and Week 17.
Complaint department: While one spacing issue went away, another surfaced. Tennessee plays its four games against the NFC South in a five week span from Nov. 13 to Dec. 11. It’s hard to predict the quality of any team at this point. But the Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers combined for a 34-14 record last season.
Weather-watching:Opening in Jacksonville will give Munchak a reason to work his team hard in the heat of training camp -- if there is training camp and if there is a opening day as scheduled. The Titans had a chance at three big-time cold weather games, but got a break drawing their trips to the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers in consecutive weeks at the start of October, before things will be their worst in those venues. No such luck with the Dec. 4 game at the Buffalo Bills.
Titans Regular-Season Schedule (All times Eastern)
Week 1: Sunday, Sep. 11, at Jacksonville, 1:00 PM
Week 2: Sunday, Sep. 18, Baltimore, 1:00 PM
Week 3: Sunday, Sep. 25, Denver, 1:00 PM
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 2, at Cleveland, 1:00 PM
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 9, at Pittsburgh, 1:00 PM
Week 6: BYE
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 23, Houston, 1:00 PM
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 30, Indianapolis, 1:00 PM
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 6, Cincinnati, 4:05 PM
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 13, at Carolina, 1:00 PM
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 20, at Atlanta, 1:00 PM
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 27, Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 4, at Buffalo, 1:00 PM
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 11, New Orleans, 1:00 PM
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 18, at Indianapolis, 1:00 PM
Week 16: Saturday, Dec. 24, Jacksonville, 1:00 PM
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 1, at Houston, 1:00 PM