Tennessee Titans 2013 Schedule Preview and Predictions
Tennessee Titans: 2013 Schedule Preview and Predictions
The 2013 schedule release marks a welcomed fresh start for the Tennessee Titans. There are a laundry list of things that didn’t work for the 2012 version of this Tennessee team, many of which coach Mike Munchak is eager to sort through at the start of the 2013 campaign. His spot is secure on the annual NFL head coaching hot seat, and if things start poorly for the team, don’t expect to see Munchak on the Tennessee sideline at year’s end.
Munchak is a solid coach and is sure to have this Tennessee squad prepared and motivated for the season opener.
He didn't receive much help from the NFL scheduling committee, who has doled out a pretty daunting season start for his squad to contend with. It will be a start the Titans will have to navigate if they are looking to compete late into 2013.
Two road openers against some of the toughest competition the AFC has to offer in the Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers? These are only a few of the unique challenges that face the Titans in the 2013 NFL season.
There are some positives for Tennessee to look forward to in the upcoming year. The team signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, off a big-priced long-term deal that didn’t pan out with the Buffalo Bills. He will come into the 2013 season motivated and will surely be a presence and push starter Jake Locker.
As always, running back Chris Johnson will play a huge role in the offense. Will it be enough to carry the Titans to the NFL playoff promised land?
Week 1- Sunday September 8th @ Pittsburgh Steelers
The Titans’ season opens with a whimper, not a bang. Heinz Field is a tough place to play any time of year, and will be especially difficult for this Tennessee team opening Sunday. The Titans have a rough week one, and the home team leaves victorious.
Week 2- Sunday September 15th @ Houston Texans
The Titans are overwhelmed on both sides of the ball in this matchup. Expect to see a raucous Houston crowd in the Texans’ home opener, and an even more energized J.J. Watt, who will wreak havoc on Locker under center. Tennessee will struggle to contain Arian Foster, which will play instrumental in this divisional showdown.
Week 3- Sunday September 22nd vs. San Diego Chargers
The Titans will be the benefactors of hosting a West coast team traveling east to play an early game. This will certainly have an effect on an overvalued Charger team. San Diego has failed to impress in recent years, and not much is expected to improve under new head coach Mike McCoy.
Tennessee-23 San Diego-14
Week 4- Sunday September 29th vs. New York Jets
The Jets have long been a mess at this point: a failed Rex Ryan experiment that shockingly owner Woody Johnson has yet to shelve. Look for Locker to begin to find a groove in week four and get the team back to .500.
Tennessee- 21 New York Jets- 13
Week 5- Sunday October 6th vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Titans run into a buzz saw in week five. Coach Andy Reid will be more motivated than ever after being recently run out of Philadelphia. He finds a perfect partner in new trade acquisition QB Alex Smith. The Titans are never in this game, which is a tough start to a brutal three game stretch heading into the bye week.
Kansas City-38 Tennessee-17
Week 6- Sunday October 13th @ Seattle Seahawks
QB Russell Wilson is one of the NFL’s toughest to defend. Seattle is possibly the toughest city for a visiting football team to play. This one is never close.
Seattle- 34 Tennessee- 6
Week 7- Sunday October 20th vs. San Francisco 49ers
This game looks an awful lot like week six in Seattle. Jake Locker will be constantly pressured and won’t find any time in the pocket. He will try to force the ball into his receivers, creating turnovers. QB Colin Kaepernick keeps the defense honest with his breakaway speed, leaving him plenty of time to shred the Titans’ secondary.
San Francisco- 28 Tennessee- 21
Week 8- BYE WEEK
The bye week can’t come soon enough for the Titans, who are faced with an absolute gauntlet in the early part of the schedule. This week will truly test the patience of owner Bud Adams, when we see just how much faith he has in Munchak.
Week 9- Sunday November 3rd @ St. Louis Rams
This week, nine matchup shapes up to be an interesting one, as the Titans head out to face their longtime coach Jeff Fisher and his St. Louis squad. The Titans come out of the bye week rested and motivated, as Munchak is coaching for his job. Look to see a reenergized Tennessee defense take advantage of a few mistakes by QB Sam Bradford
Tennessee-20 St. Louis-10
Week 10- Sunday November 10th vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Week ten marks the start of the Titans’ division heavy schedule as they get their first shot at the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars are a bad team led by bad QB Blaine Gabbert. The Titans capitalize at home.
Tennessee-34 Jacksonville 23
Week 11- Thursday November 14th vs. Indianapolis Colts
This Thursday night game is the only nationally televised affair on the 2013 Tennessee schedule. Look for the Titans to play well on short rest but come up just short to the more talented Colts in a close one.
Week 12- Sunday November 24th @ Oakland Raiders
The Raiders are likely to have a much better passing game in 2013 with addition of QB Matt Flynn. The Titans defense will be able to contain the pass, as Oakland is likely to miss the deep threat of Darrius Heyward-Bey. Oakland RB Darren McFadden steps up and Tennessee is overwhelmed by the run.
Oakland- 32 Tennessee 20
Week 13- Sunday December 1st @ Indianapolis Colts
This is the second matchup between these two teams in just under three weeks. One of the hardest tasks in the NFL is beating the same team twice in a season. The Colts don’t pull off the sweep.
Tennessee- 17 Indianapolis- 13
Week 14- Sunday December 8th @ Denver Broncos
The Titans close the most trying road trip of the season at Mile High in Denver. Chris Johnson has a huge game against a Denver team in the midst of a letdown season. The Tennessee defense keeps Peyton Manning frustrated. The Titans pull off a close road upset.
Tennessee- 18 Denver- 17
Week 15- Sunday December 15th vs. Arizona Cardinals
The Titans return home from a long road trip with momentum facing the over matched Cardinals. Easy win for Tennessee.
Tennessee-24 Arizona- 7
Week 16- Sunday December 22nd @ Jacksonville Jaguars
The Titans head into Jacksonville looking for the season sweep, and get it fairly easily. The most dangerous aspect of this Jaguars’ attack lies with RB Maurice Jones-Drew. He is bottled up by the Tennessee defense in a low scoring affair.
Tennessee- 13 Jacksonville- 7
Week 17- Sunday December 29th vs. Houston Texans
The Titans’ 2013 season comes to a close with a home game against the visiting Houston Texans. It is very likely that this Houston team is jockeying for playoff position in the final week of the season. Tennessee is overwhelmed by the strong defensive presence of the Texans.
Houston- 32 Tennessee- 14
Tennessee Titans 2013 Season Prediction
The Titans’ 2013 season, while nothing to get terribly excited about in Nashville, is just enough to save coach Munchak’s job. A late season push get the Titans back to .500, where they finish at 8-8. Tennessee has a respectable showing, but never truly contends for the AFC South title or a playoff spot.