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Titans (1-1) Play at Falcons (1-1) in Third Preseason Game Saturday

Posted Aug 18, 2014


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.

The trip to Atlanta could be the last chance for some to make a lasting impression.  By 3 p.m. CDT on Aug. 26, the roster must be trimmed from a maximum of 90 players to 75.  The final cut to 53 players occurs on Aug. 30.

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 BROADCAST

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.     

LAST WEEK

After winning their preseason opener at home against the Green Bay Packers, the Titans were on the road last week to play the New Orleans Saints.  Quarterbacks Jake Locker and Zach Mettenberger combined to pass for 344 yards and three touchdowns, but five Titans turnovers proved too costly in an eventual 31-24 defeat.  

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 Charlie Whitehurst left with a hand injury.  A sixth-round draft choice from Louisiana State University, Mettenberger was 20-of-25 for 269 yards, two touchdowns and one interception (121.5 passer rating).  

Locker and Mettenberger each connected on a touchdown pass with wide receiver Justin Hunter.  Hunter, a second-round draft choice in 2013, totaled 111 yards on four catches, becoming the first Titans player to record 100 yards receiving in a preseason game since Justin McCareins in 2001 (109 at Detroit, Aug. 30).   

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 

Like the Titans, the Falcons are off to a 1-1 start this preseason.  They hosted the Miami Dolphins in their opener and won 16-10.  Last week, they traveled to Houston and fell to the Texans 32-7. 

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).     

 

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