Notes on the Titans' 2024 Schedule

NASHVILLE, TENN. – The lack of the Titans in primetime in the schedule released Wednesday evening shouldn't be a surprise.

While there is local excitement about what the team's done this offseason, a small-market team with an unproven quarterback, a first-year rookie coach and little star power isn't a big draw.

Tennessee is on Monday Night Football in Miami in Week Four. That game is on ESPN at 6:30 p.m. CT while Seattle will play at Detroit on ABC at 7:15 p.m. CT.

Last year on MNF in Miami on Dec. 11, the Titans recorded a record rally in the final three minutes to beat the Dolphins, 28-27.

The requirement that all teams play a Thursday night game no longer exists.

2024 Titans Schedule

SPREAD OUT: I think things actually spread out reasonably well for the Titans here.

If you go in three-game stretches I see a team I feel like they should beat in each bunch -- the Bears, the Colts, the Patriots, the Commanders, the Jaguars or the Colts. We don't know what the Titans are going to be, of course. But those all feel like games a team on their expected trajectory should take care of.

I also don't feel like there are any brutal stretches based on what we know in mid-May, but there is a potentially exhausting one.

At Buffalo and at Detroit back-to-back in Weeks 10 and 11 looks like the worst consecutive weeks and tagging their one long road trip of the year on to those in Week 10 after a Week 9 visit from the Patriots is part of the toughest stretch of the season.

Overall Week 7 through Week 13 paks in five road trips in seven weeks which will make for a tiring stretch, after which the Titans only go to Indianapolis and Jacksonville. 

BEST HOME GAMES: We knew these, we just didn't know when they were. If I were buying tickets to one game, it'd be the Bengals in Week 15. You've got the Brian Callahan against his old team storyline along with Chidobe Awuzie and Tyler Boyd plus Joe Burrow, likely the best QB on the schedule, coming to Nashville.

No. 2 would be Week 2 against the Jets. We're going to be really sick of New York with six prime times games, so whatever we feel about Aaron Rodgers, we need him healthy and hopefully not dropping off so we see better football. Here's a chance to see him in Nashville.

Houston may be third, but none of them are really that attractive and CJ Stroud will be around for a long time. You'd hope it will have playoff implications as the finale. 

BEST ROAD TRIP: Ford Field is very cool and who knows if the Lions will sustain success? Head for Michigan to see your team play the Lions while you can. I just got a good rate at The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit.

Buffalo second if you've not been, L.A. third for Sofi Stadium. 

FLEX POSSIBILITIES: Here are the rules for flex scheduling.

This season, flexible scheduling for Sunday night may be used twice between Weeks 5-10, and at the NFL’s discretion during Weeks 11-17; and for Monday night at the NFL’s discretion in Weeks 12-17. For Thursday Night Football it may be used up to twice between Weeks 13-17. In weeks of the season eligible for flexible scheduling, the games listed for the Sunday, Monday and Thursday night window are tentative and subject to change.

Only Sunday afternoon games can be moved to Sunday, Monday or Thursday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday or Monday night game would be moved to Sunday afternoon.

DIVISION DOWN THE STRETCH: Of their final seven games, the Titans will play five of their six AFC South games including both of their games against the favored Texans and the Jaguars.

Their only division game before Nov. 24 is home against Indianapolis on Oct. 13 in Week 6, coming off their bye.

I hate when division games are packed two tightly, so I'm glad there are no rematches with only one game in between.

But the AFC South is incredibly unpopular and with so much division play late, if there are a few less that great teams it could feel like four cities care and the rest of the league doesn't the way this is laid out.

WEEK 18: The Titans will host the Texans in week 18, but it's TBD whether the game will be played on Saturday, Jan. 4 or Sunday, January 5 and at what time.

Two games will be played on Saturday (at 3:30 p.m. CT and 7:15 p.m. CT) with the remainder to be played on Sunday afternoon (at noon p.m. CT and 3:25 p.m. CT) with one on Sunday night (7:20 p.m. CT)

PRESEASON: It's difficult for the NFL to find road preseason games close to home for teams like the 49ers and Seattle. They will be making trips all the way to Nashville in Week 1 and Week 2 of the preseason, respectively, before the Titans head for New Orleans for their preseason finale. Dates and times are yet to be locked in.

ALSO: The Titans play six games against five 2023 playoff teams - Houston and Green Bay at home and Miami, Buffalo, Detroit and Houston on the road. ...

The Titans will play against the teams who drafted quarterbacks in the top three positions in the draft: Caleb Williams with the Bears in Week 1, Jayden Daniels with the Commandeds in Week 13 and Drake Maye of the Patriots in Week 13. They'll see the 11th pick in the draft with the Vikings in Week 11. ...

The Titans face four of the NFL’s top 10 offenses from last season: Miami (No. 1 overall offense), Buffalo (No. 4), Detroit (No. 3) and Minnesota (No. 10). They also contend with four of the top 10 defenses from 2023: the New York Jets (No. 3 overall defense), Miami (No. 10), Buffalo (No. 9) and New England (No. 7).

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