The 2018 NFL Preseason schedule released today and the opponents and locales for the Tennessee Titans’ games were announced.
With the NFL Draft fast approaching, most of the attention has been on draft news and prospects that might interest the Tennessee Titans. While the draft is much more exciting, there was still some logistical stuff that was unknown before the season gets underway.
The Titans previously found out which opponents they will be facing during the 2018 NFL Season, though the dates and times of those games are yet to be determined. What the Titans didn’t know until now was which opponents they would play against during the preseason.
Here are the teams the Two-Tone Blue will unveil their new offense and defense with new coaches against this August.
Preseason Week 1: at Green Bay Packers
Preseason Week 2: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Preseason Week 3: at Pittsburgh Steelers
Preseason Week 4: Minnesota Vikings
The last preseason week usually features no starters and mostly back-end guys that are fighting for the final few spots on the roster, so the Vikings game will not be as intriguing as it would be if it were a normal preseason or regular season matchup.
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At Lambeau Field against, presumably, the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers is a bit of an uninviting debut for HC Mike Vrabel, OC Matt LaFleur and, particularly, DC Dean Pees.
The second preseason game has the most exciting storyline of all, as it will feature a rematch of the first two picks of the 2015 NFL Draft, QBs Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston. In their first meeting, Mariota’s Titans demolished Winston’s Bucs by a score of 42-14 in both of their regular season debuts.
Week 3 will feature another rematch, one from the 2017 season that did not go in the Titans’ favor. On a Thursday night last November, the Titans got pulverized by the Steelers 40-17. The Titans made the playoffs despite that debacle, but it was an embarrassment for many players and fans. Considering this matchup will come in the third preseason game, both teams will be able to test how good their teams really are, as starters usually play about a half or maybe more in this “dress rehearsal” preseason game.
Overall, there are some compelling matchups to look forward to this preseason. What many will be searching for in these games, though, is a new and better style of play. Hopefully, the team can deliver the goods beginning in August and carry it to September.