Tennessee Titans: Perfect time for a road trip
By P. L. Colter
When the Tennessee Titans opened their brand new stadium in 1999, they christened Adelphia Coliseum with twelve straight victories. Fans didn’t witness a loss in person until midway through the 2000 season. It housed some unbelievable moments, plenty of prime time wins, and most importantly, playoff games.
It was one of the most intimidating home field advantages in the league. The home of the Music City Miracle.
Today it’s called Nissan Stadium, and it is rapidly becoming a tourist attraction. Not only is Tennessee the only team in the league without a win at home this season (0-5), but the Titans haven’t won a regular season game at home in over 400 calendar days.
400 days?….I digress.
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The ten game home losing streak is taking it’s toll on the fans, and as a result, opposing team fans are finding it easier to get their hands on tickets.
There goes your home field advantage. The ultimate snowball effect.
Conversely, the Titans are far more competitive outside the friendly confines of downtown Nashville. Dating back to 2013, six of Tennessee’s last eight victories have come on the road.
Rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota is having his best success on the road as well. Both of his record setting performances were in visiting stadiums this season, and he’s thrown for 10 touchdowns with no interceptions on the road.
At Nissan Stadium Mariota has 3 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
If the Titans want to keep their dim playoff light flickering for another week, then they must defeat Jacksonville Thursday night. The Jags and Texans did Tennessee no favors last week by pulling off upset road wins, and now the Titans find themselves in a must win situation.
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A loss would drop Tennessee to 2-8, and 0-3 in the division. The Jaguars would have a two game lead over Tennessee, and the Texans and Colts could potentially have a three game lead by the end of the weekend.
The Titans are facing their first true must-win game of the season Thursday night. The last thing they need is the dark cloud of the home losing streak hovering above them the entire game.
For whatever reason, the Titans are more likely to likely to bring their A game when they’re on the road. And with the season on the line Thursday, they’ll need to.
Perfect time for a road trip.