NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The NFL released its 2020 schedule Thursday night. Coming off a trip to the AFC Championship game in January, the Titans will try to navigate this schedule to improve upon four straight 9-7 seasons.
The Titans emergence as an AFC contender has made them a more marketable team for this season. Behind NFL rushing champ Derrick Henry and new franchise quarterback Ryan Tannehill, the Titans will play three primetime games, including the season opener in the second half of a Monday Night Football doubleheader Sept. 14th at Denver.
Tennessee will also host the AFC South rival Colts on Thursday Night Football Nov. 12th and travel to Green Bay to face the Packers Dec. 27th on Sunday Night Football.
The schedule sends the Titans on the road for two of the first three weeks, but they are rewarded with five of six games at home from Oct. 4th-Nov. 12th. The Titans have been one of the most successful teams in the NFL at home over the last four seasons.
One of the most anticipated games of the season is an AFC Divisional round rematch in Baltimore with the Ravens Nov. 22nd.
The Titans end the season with consecutive road games at Green Bay and in Houston. The Titans blew the Texans out last year in week 17 to clinch a playoff berth.
The NFL released a full 16-game schedule with complete anticipation that the season will be able to be played as normal. But, given the uncertainty of the nation’s battle against the spread of the Coronavirus, the league did build in some contingencies to the schedule.
All games in week two feature teams that share a bye week later in the season, and all week three and four games are games between non-division opponents that could potentially be dropped if the schedule has to be shrunk down. All week one matchups feature division rivals that could be shifted to the end of the season.
Super Bowl LV is set for Feb. 7th in Tampa Bay, but the NFL has reserved dates through the following week. The league has also discussed the possibility of moving the game even to the end of February if needed because of a delay or interruption in the season.
The bottom line message from the NFL is the league is moving forward expecting to play as scheduled this fall, but they are prepared to adjust if health officials instruct them that it’s necessary. Ultimately, they want to ensure some kind of season is played and a Super Bowl is played and a champion is crowned early in 2021.
You can find the complete season here: Tennessee Titans release 2020 schedule