NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans (0-2) travel to Pittsburgh this week to face the reigning AFC North Champion Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1). Kickoff at Heinz Field (capacity 68,400) is scheduled for 4 p.m. EDT/3 p.m. CDT on Saturday, Aug. 25.
The two organizations have met 74 times in the regular season and have played four additional postseason games. However, this is the first all-time meeting between the former AFC Central rivals during the preseason.
The game will be televised regionally on the Titans Preseason TV Network, including flagship WKRN-News 2 in Nashville. Play-by-play announcer Dan Hellie and analyst Charles Davis will call the action, and Cory Curtis will report from the sidelines.
This year, for the first time ever, fans in the Nashville viewing area are able to stream Titans preseason games at the team's website, TitansOnline.com. Fans outside the Nashville viewing area can stream live preseason games and replays of every game by subscribing to NFL Game Pass.
The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will carry the game across the Mid-South with the “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith, analyst Dave McGinnis, gameday host Jonathan Hutton and sideline reporter Amie Wells.
TITANS LOOKING FOR FIRST PRESEASON WIN
The Titans hosted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week in their second outing of the preseason. Although the Titans starters jumped out to an early lead, the Buccaneers took control in the second quarter and ultimately prevailed by a final score of 30-14.
Taywan Taylor jumpstarted the Titans offense on the unit's second series of the game. The second-year receiver took a quick screen pass from quarterback Marcus Mariota and raced 47 yards for a touchdown to give the Titans the lead with four minutes remaining in the first quarter. Later during the opening drive of the third quarter, Taylor contributed three more receptions for 48 yards, including a 29-yard grab and a three-yard touchdown on a pass from Blaine Gabbert. Taylor, a third-round pick in 2017, finished the night with team highs of four receptions and 95 receiving yards.
Mariota played two series, completing four of seven passes for 80 yards and one touchdown. His two-game preseason totals include 10 passing attempts, six completions, 122 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 142.5 passer rating in three total drives.
The Steelers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 31-14 in their first preseason game, but last week at Green Bay, they fell 51-34 at the hands of the Packers.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, a six-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time Super Bowl champion, is entering his 15th NFL season. Entering the 2018 campaign, he has the ninth-most passing touchdowns in NFL history (329), the eighth-most passing yards in NFL history (51,065) and the eighth-most completions in NFL history (4,164).
Mike Tomlin is beginning his 12th season as the head coach of the Steelers. In his first 11 years on the job, he led the Steelers to the playoffs eight times, including six division titles. The 2017 Steelers won the AFC North before falling to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Titans Online looks back at the all-time series between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers. (AP Photos)