The NFL Just released its preseason slate, and the Tennessee Titans’ schedule is filled with intriguing storylines.
I say storylines because the Titans will bring their own intrigue to each contest due to their ongoing issues at quarterback, and the non-stop comparisons that are sure to ensue between embattled starter Marcus Mariota and newly acquired backup Ryan Tannehill when the team finally takes the field.
Week 1: At Philadelphia
Like Tennessee, Philadelphia will start their preseason against the backdrop of a quarterback comparison. But unlike Tennessee, their intrigue surrounds a backup qb that left.
After leading the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory two years ago, and playing quite admirably in last year’s playoffs, backup qb and fan favorite Nick Foles will suit up for the Jacksonville Jaguars this season.
Carson Wentz, who missed the last two postseasons due to injury, is now the sole gunslinger in the city of brotherly love. But after a tumultuous 2018 that saw his character and professionalism questioned inside of his own locker room, that love could turn cold quickly if Wentz stinks up the joint….even in a preseason opener.
Week 2: New England
Not only is it the home opener for 2019, but the defending World Champion New England Patriots will be in town.
For Titans fans, it could be the last time they see all world quarterback Tom Brady in person, even if just for a drive or two. Brady usually makes his season debut in the second preseason game.
Also for Brady, his trip to Nashville last season was arguably one of his worst performances in several years. He looked skittish and unsure of himself, and checked out early in the fourth quarter with the route in full effect.
Don’t think that wasn’t lost on one of the most competitive athletes of this generation, and he may want to put on a vintage areal show to get the taste of his last visit out of his mouth.
Week 3: Pittsburgh
Not only is it the preseason dress rehearsal. Not only are the hated Steelers (and their legion of fans that will be present and vocal) in town. But the game is also nationally televised on Sunday Night Football.
Nissan Stadium should be rocking.
This will be the first time a national audience gets to see the Antonio Brown-less Steelers, which in itself carries enough drama and intrigue to fill a week of sports talk radio.
Week 4: At Chicago
The only thing worse than the preseason finale, is a home preseason finale. Titans fans can save their money while watching people they don’t know play in a half-empty Soldier Field on television.