NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans (1-2) play their first divisional game of the season this week, traveling to Houston to face the reigning AFC South Champion Houston Texans (3-0). Kickoff at Reliant Stadium (capacity 71,054) is scheduled for noon CDT on Sunday, Sept. 30.
In 20 all-time meetings between the two clubs, the Titans hold a 14-6 advantage, including a 23-22 win in the 2011 regular season finale (Jan. 1). The rivals split the series in each of the last four seasons.
This week’s game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. Ian Eagle will handle play-by-play duties while Dan Fouts provides analysis.
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, color commentator Frank Wycheck, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone.
The Titans are coming off their first win of the season after last week’s 44-41 overtime victory at LP Field over the Detroit Lions.
In the win, the Titans became the first team in NFL history to score five touchdowns of at least 60 yards in a game. Their touchdowns included
The Titans’ three total return touchdowns tied a franchise record. Additionally, the game marked the first time in club history the Titans/Oilers scored two touchdowns on punt returns and/or kickoff returns in the same game.
The Texans are attempting to win their second consecutive division title. Their 10-6 record in 2011 edged the second-place Titans, who were 9-7. It marked the Texans’ first playoff appearance since entering the league in 2002.
Last week in Denver, Houston built a commanding 20-point lead in the third quarter and hung on to beat the Broncos by a final score of 31-25. Former University of Tennessee star Arian Foster recorded his second consecutive 100-yard rushing effort, and Matt Schaub passed for 290 yards and four touchdowns in the Texans win.
The Texans are 3-0 for the first time in franchise history. Prior to their game in Denver, they began the season with a pair of convincing wins, starting with a 30-10 victory at home over the Miami Dolphins. In their second game, they defeated the Jaguars in Jacksonville 27-7.