TicketsBar2NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans 2018 regular season schedule seems to be reasonably balanced and fair.

Tennessee didn’t break through to an appearance on Sunday Night Football, but will play twice on the road on Monday Night Football (Nov. 5 at Dallas and Nov. 16 at Houston) and once at home on Thursday Night Football (against Jacksonville on Dec. 6).Schedule2018

That game at the Cowboys extends the Titans’ bye as their first game after their Oct. 21 matchup in London against the Chargers.

It’s impossible to effectively judge what will turn out to be good and what will turn out to be bad.

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Titans need to handle London logistics better than they handled last year's western swing

TicketsBar2NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The biggest logistical decision the Titans made last season was to stay in Arizona for a week between road games against the Cardinals and 49ers.

On the front end, it seemed to make sense. But it backfired.

The Titans blew the Arizona game 12-7 and then sat and stewed it in for a week at a hotel, commuting to practices at Arizona State and then producing another dud in Santa Clara, Calif., 25-23.

They were 8-4 when they went West and they were 8-6 when they returned, en route to 8-7 with a home loss to the Rams.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans had until May 3 to make a decision on whether to exercise the fifth-year option for Marcus Mariota.

There was little doubt they would do it, and they did not wait for the deadline.

Robinson said on The Midday 180 on Wednesday that the Titans will exercise the option, which tacks the 2019 season to Mariota’s initial deal.

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Elements to a favorable schedule for the Titans

TitansWallLightNASHVILLE, Tenn. – The NFL schedule is probably going to come out this week. It’s an April deal and the league won’t want it to bleed into draft week.

So I pulled up the opponents and was thinking about trying something I did last year, when I wrote out what I thought would’ve been an ideal schedule.

But that’s more than we need as we contemplate what’s good and bad for the Titans.

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Predators' easy answers: Start like you mean it, stay out of the box

By John Glennon, guest columnist

NASHVILLE – Nobody expected the Predators to win 16 straight playoff games en route to capturing their first Stanley Cup this year.

Even the modern-era NHL dynasties – the Edmonton Oilers and the New York Islanders of the 1980s – stumbled at least two or three times during each of their postseason runs.

So it's not the fact the Predators lost Monday night in Colorado, falling 5-3 in Game 3 to the Avs, that should be of concern to Preds fans.

What's more problematic is the continuation of some troubling trends, ones that didn't stand out as much when the Preds captured Games 1 and 2 of this series in Nashvillle.

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Draft will tell us how Titans really feel about their WRs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As the draft nears, the degree of need for the Titans at receiver is a question I keep pondering.

Matt LaFleur was with the Rams last season, and they finished the season with seven wide receivers. Mike TaylorKCVrabel was with the Texans and they had six. The Titans finished with six as well - one of them special teamer Eric Weems who played just 13 offensive snaps.

In a two-tight system, Tennessee receivers played roughly 77 percent of the snaps that Rams receivers played in their three-wide scheme.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Brace yourself. I know this will get a big reaction.

Sometimes I use imperfect logic. I can be stubborn in an argument, dug in. Sometimes it’s unreasonable. 

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Depending on the degree of importance on the matter I am not above shifting my thinking based on opinions or evidence presented to me.

Sometimes I may stick to my guns more because it winds up being funny. But overall, my stances and arguments and comebacks are based in thought. I can explain myself.

Saturday night I was reminded that Vanderbilt has a women’s bowling team when it won the NCAA championship, a great feat in any sport. But my initial reaction was the same as it would be for a lot of people, and I tweeted it in the shape of a poll.

Part jab, sure. Part fun. Part serious.

Well, I might as well have insulted the most sacred thing in the world.

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Pickers mailbag: Under-appreciated and over-recognized Titans

pickers vodaka bar847x63NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Greetings people.

Sorry for a couple days of silence. Not having the best year in terms of staying healthy.

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Hope you’ve heard the podcast from earlier in the week, which includes some good remembrances of Steve Watterson pranking Gregg Williams and Steve McNair and a review of Mike Vrabel’s off tangent on filming in the locker room.

On to your questions in our weekly mailbag brought to you by Pickers Vodka. Grab a bottle for yourself and take one to next party your invited to. If you’re out catching a game or meeting friends, I highly recommend a Moscow Mule with Pickers. Drink Responsibly.

PK: I just don’t see it. He’ll turn 30 this season and a team that loved him and is hardly stacked at receiver without him just let him go.

He seems like a lot of work. The Titans aren’t looking for many aging guys who they’ll need to massage or manage. If he is not a complete non-fit for their MO, he’s close, right?

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