NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans (1-1) continue their preseason schedule this week with a trip to face the Atlanta Falcons (1-1). Kickoff at the Georgia Dome (capacity 71,228) is scheduled for 7 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. CDT on Saturday, Aug. 23.
This week’s game reunites the two squads less than three weeks after holding a joint training camp practice. The Titans traveled to Flowery Branch, Ga., for an afternoon at the Falcons’ training facility on Aug. 4.
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The game will be televised regionally on the Titans Preseason TV Network, including flagship WKRN-Channel 2 in Nashville. Cory Curtis will handle play-by-play duties while former Titans quarterback Kerry Collins provides analysis. Audra Martin will report from the sidelines.
The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will broadcast the game across the Mid-South with the “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith, analyst Frank Wycheck, gameday host Rhett Bryan and sideline reporter Jonathan Hutton.
Locker and most of the starting offense played into the second quarter. Locker, who is beginning his fourth NFL season, completed eight of 11 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown (121.4 passer rating).
Mettenberger took over late in the first half after backup
Locker and Mettenberger each connected on a touchdown pass with wide receiver
This is the first preseason for Ken Whisenhunt on the Tennessee sideline. He became the 17th head coach in franchise history and the third in the “Titans era” on Jan. 13. A former Georgia Tech walk-on and an assistant at Vanderbilt University from 1995 to 1996, Whisenhunt came to Tennessee with 17 years of NFL coaching experience and nine NFL seasons as a player.
The Falcons are in their seventh year with head coach Mike Smith at the helm. Under his guidance, the team has produced four winning seasons and three playoff appearances. They were 13-3 in 2012 before battling through a 4-12 record in 2013.
Quarterback Matt Ryan arrived the same year as Smith and since then has set nearly every Falcons passing record. The two-time Pro Bowl selection has topped the 4,000-yard passing mark in each of the last three campaigns and has a franchise-best 23,472 career passing yards. In 2013, he threw for 4,515 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Ryan’s top passing targets, wide receivers Roddy White and Julio Jones, have a total of five Pro Bowls between them (four by White, one by Jones).