After dropping their first four games at Nissan Stadium to open the season, the Tennessee Titans look to halt a six game losing streak in their home away from home…the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
In fact, not only are the Titans undefeated in that stadium, but unpredictable events unfolded for the franchise after each of their visits to the voodoo city.
In their inaugural 1999 season, Tennessee entered the Superdome without their leader and best player, quarterback Steve McNair. Backup qb Neil O’Donnell threw for two touchdowns in his absence, and the defense also chipped in with a score of their own. The Titans scored 17 fourth quarter points to storm back for a three point victory.
Tennessee went on to win 8 of their next 10 games, and made their first playoff appearance since moving from Houston. It was also late owner Bud Adams’ first playoff appearance since his infamous Oilers of 1993, the talented but dysfunctional team that he dismantled (as promised) after failing to reach the Super Bowl.
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In 2007, Tennessee entered the Superdome for a prime time Monday night match up, and quarterback Vince Young led the underdog Titans to an impressive 31-14 victory over the Saints. Like O’Donnell, VY also threw for two touchdowns. And just like the 99 team, the defense also chipped in with a score of their own.
That team also went on a tear after leaving the Big Easy, winning four of their next five games in route to their first playoff appearance in four years.
With that in mind, here are a few of ominous signs to look out for this Sunday…
Marcus Mariota throws for two touchdowns.
The defense scores a touchdown.
Tennessee remains undefeated in Louisiana.
Throw in a loss by the Colts and Texans this week, and…well…I’m just sayin.