Three national games highlight Titans 2003 season schedule   printer  

The Titans open up the regular season against the AFC Champion Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Sept. 7 on ESPN at the Coliseum.

The Titans open up the regular season against the AFC Champion Oakland Raiders on Sunday, Sept. 7 on ESPN at the Coliseum.

NASHVILLE, TN, April 3, 2003 -- The Tennessee Titans will be showcased in three nationally televised games this season, including one appearance on ABCs Monday Night Football in the schedule released by the National Football League this afternoon.



It marks the fourth consecutive season that the Titans have been showcased on Monday Night Football.



We are excited to open the season against the AFC Champions and complete the regular season against the World Champions, said Titans head coach Jeff Fisher. Each and every game in between presents it own challenges. We will be on the road for the most part in the first half and after the bye, which comes at a good time, we will benefit from having five of the last eight games at home.



The Titans open the season in primetime against Oakland in a rematch of the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Sept. 9 on ESPN. Tennessee will have their lone appearance on Monday Night Football at the New York Jets on Dec. 1. The Titans will also be featured as the national game on CBS at Atlanta on Nov. 23.



The Titans preseason schedule features home games against Cleveland (Aug. 9) and Buffalo (Aug. 16) and road games at Cincinnati (Aug. 23) and Green Bay (Aug. 28). The Buffalo preseason game will be shown nationally on ESPN.



The Titans 2003 schedule contains several interesting stories:



-- The Titans open at home versus Oakland on ESPN Sunday night, Aug. 9 in a rematch of last seasons AFC Championship Game. It also marks the third time in the last four seasons that the Titans have opened the season on national television.



-- The Titans host the Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Dec. 28. The Titans lead the all-time series 6-1. It also marks the third consecutive season that the Titans have hosted the defending Super Bowl Champion the following season.



-- The Titans make their first ever trip to Charlotte to play the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 19. The two teams have only faced each other once (1996).



-- The Buffalo Bills return to Nashville on Dec. 14 for the first time since the Music City Miracle in the AFC Wild Card Game (1/8/00).



-- The Titans will make their first trip to Gillette Stadium to play the New England Patriots on Oct. 5.



-- The winning percentage of the Titans opponents this season is .549 and they will face six playoff teams.



2003 PRESEASON SCHEDULE



Saturday, 8/9 vs. CLEVELAND, 7:00 p.m. (WKRN)

Saturday, 8/16 vs. BUFFALO*, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN)

Saturday, 8/23 at Cincinnati, 6:30 p.m. (WKRN)

Thursday, 8/28 at Green Bay, 7:00 p.m. (WKRN)



2003 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE



Sunday, 9/7 vs. OAKLAND* -- 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Sunday, 9/14 at Indianapolis -- Noon (CBS)

Sunday, 9/21 vs. NEW ORLEANS -- Noon (FOX)

Sunday, 9/28 at Pittsburgh -- Noon (CBS)

Sunday, 10/5 at New England -- Noon (CBS)

Sunday, 10/12 vs. HOUSTON -- Noon (CBS)

Sunday, 10/19 at Carolina -- Noon (CBS)

Sunday, 10/26 at Jacksonville -- Noon (CBS)

Sunday, 11/2 -- BYE

Sunday, 11/9 vs. MIAMI -- Noon (CBS)

Sunday, 11/16 vs. JACKSONVILLE -- Noon (CBS)

Sunday, 11/23 at Atlanta* -- 3:15 p.m. (CBS)

Monday, 12/1 at N.Y. Jets* -- 8:00 p.m. (ABC)

Sunday, 12/7 vs. INDIANAPOLIS -- Noon (CBS)

Sunday, 12/14 vs. BUFFALO -- Noon (CBS)

Sunday, 12/21 at Houston -- Noon (CBS)

Sunday, 12/28 vs. TAMPA BAY -- Noon (FOX)



All Kickoff Times Central

*Nationally Televised Games