Thursday Night Football invades Nashville this week, and the timing couldn’t have been better for the Tennessee Titans.
With a chance to bury their arch-nemesis and move into a possible tie for first place in the division, the Titans suffered another gut-wrenching home loss to the struggling Indianapolis Colts Sunday.
Luckily for the players, coaches, and fans, there is literally no time to wallow in self-pity.
Head coach Mike Mularkey hinted that the team wouldn’t waste time in reviewing film from the Colts game with such a quick turnaround this week, and that’s a good thing.
Any time spent lamenting what went wrong yesterday afternoon takes away from preparation for this week’s divisional foe, the Jacksonville Jaguars.
A Jaguars team that will certainly have no pity for Tennessee as they look to rebound from their own home loss yesterday.
In addition to speeding up the purging process from yesterday’s debacle, Thursday Night Football also gives the Titans another shot at being a national media darling this week.
A win over the Colts yesterday would have given the Titans a long overdue run on the front page of the NFL news cycle. They were building momentum with the national media after back to back victories the last two weeks.
But after yesterday’s loss the Titans returned to their usual landing spot. You know, the place where TV networks quickly scroll the scores from around the league across the bottom of your screen.
It’s not too late for Tennessee, however. A strong performance and victory Thursday night will thrust them right back on the national radar, even if by default as the only show in town.
National media pundits lead every Thursday night show with results and analysis of the game, and it’s up to the Titans whether they are talking about a 4-4 team that’s a surprise mid-season playoff contender or a 3-5 team that doesn’t warrant discussion again until draft time.
And speaking of mid-season, the Titans won’t have a bye until week 13, and with the physical approach that coach Mularkey has with this team, a mini-break until next Sunday will do wonders for a team that’s gone non stop since late July.
A perfect time for a non-bye weekend off at the midway point of the season.
No, the majority of players are not fond of Thursday night games…to put it nicely. But if everyone has to do it at least once this season, then it might as well be this week for Tennessee.