It is imperative that the Tennessee Titans come out of the gate hot in 2013, or they may find themselves out of the AFC South race before the season’s halfway mark. The Titans got off to a slow start in 2012 (1-4), and will look to avoid a similar fate this season.
They aren’t helped by a first half schedule that has them opening the season with road games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans. The task doesn’t get any easier heading into their bye week with back-to-back games against two of the NFC’s best in the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.
Overall, the Titans have the NFL‘s 23rd toughest schedule.
Here’s the complete 2013 lineup-
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 8, at Pittsburgh, 1:00 PM
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 15, at Houston, 1:00 PM
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 22, San Diego, 1:00 PM
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 29, NY Jets, 4:05 PM
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 6, Kansas City, 1:00 PM
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 13, at Seattle, 4:05 PM
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 20, San Francisco, 4:05 PM
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 3, at St. Louis, 1:00 PM
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 10, Jacksonville, 1:00 PM
Week 11: Thursday, Nov. 14, Indianapolis, 8:25 PM
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 24, at Oakland, 4:05 PM
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 1, at Indianapolis, 1:00 PM
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 8, at Denver, 4:05 PM
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 15, Arizona, 1:00 PM
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22, at Jacksonville, 1:00 PM
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 29, Houston, 1:00 PM
The back end of the schedule isn’t nearly as daunting and the Titans will be in good shape if they can make it to the bye in week 8 somewhere around the .500 mark.
An AFC South Division race could be made exciting by a Tennessee schedule that is back loaded with division matchups. Tennessee will play the Colts two times separated by only 16 days. These games will certainly prove instrumental for the Titans.
The Tennessee schedule will close with a home game against the Texans, a rivalry that has grown in recent years. If the Titans play well, it will make for an interesting end to the 2013 campaign.