Notes on the Titans' 2023 schedule

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If the new-look Tennessee Titans have a playoff run in them in 2023, they’ll have five of their final seven games at home to finish the bid.

That comes a year after they lost their final seven games, turning a 7-3 start into a 7-10 season and a playoff miss.

The light travel from Thanksgiving on comes as the result of a tougher stretch earlier on.

From Oct. 8 through their home game in London against the Ravens all the way to Nov. 26th against Carolina and No. 1 pick Bryce Young, the Titans play at home just once in a seven-week span that includes their post-Europe bye, on Oct. 29 against Atlanta and their former offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. [Unlocked]

The Titans are slated for two primetime games, both on the road.

They will play at Pittsburgh on Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video to kick off Week 9 on Nov. 2 and at Miami on Monday Night Football to conclude Week 14 on Dec. 11.

Some other notes on their schedule...

Titans 2023 scheduleFlexibility: Flexible scheduling could be a factor for the Titans. If things go well for them they could have a game shifted into a primetime window. Their Week 14 Monday Night football game in Miami could also be shifted out.

Flexing can be used for Sunday Night Football on NBC twice between Weeks 5-10, and at the NFL’s discretion during Weeks 11-17; and for Monday night at the NFL’s discretion in Weeks 12-17. In weeks of the season eligible for flexible scheduling, the games listed for the Sunday and Monday night window are tentative and subject to change.

Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday or Monday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday or Monday night game would be moved to a Sunday afternoon.

Weather: All three of the Titans' Florida games -- at Tampa Bay, at Jacksonville and at Miami -- come in November and December -- after heat would be a factor.

And that Steelers Thursday night game is the lone cold-weather opportunity, as the trip to Cleveland is on Sept. 24.

Short rest: The Titans are home vs. Atlanta before their short rest week for Thursday Night Football on the road at Pittsburgh. The Steelers play at home the Sunday before that game.

When Tennessee comes off a road Monday night game in Miami before its Week 15 game at Houston, the Texans will be coming off a Sunday road game at the Jets.

Rematches: The NFL did well to space the Titans-Colts games eight weeks apart and the Titans-Jaguars games seven weeks away from each other, with Tennessee hosting Jacksonville in the season finale.

Tennessee TicketsBut the Titans host the Texans on Dec. 17 and travel to Houston on Dec. 31, with just a home game against Seattle in between.

The league must mandate more space between divisional rematches.

Playoff teams: The Titans have eight total games against seven playoff teams from last season. Cincinnati,  Jacksonville and Tampa Bay won their divisions. The Chargers, Seahawks, Dolphins and Ravens were wild cards.

In 2022, the Titans played seven playoff teams from 2021.

Ranked: The Titans face four of the NFL’s top 10 offenses from last season: Cincinnati (eighth-overall offense), Jacksonville (10th), the Chargers (ninth) and Miami (sixth).

They also contend with three of the top 10 defenses from 2022: Baltimore (tied for ninth overall defense), New Orleans (fifth) and Tampa Bay (tied for ninth).

Rookies: The Titans will face three of the five NFL head coaches who were hired by their teams in 2023 in a total of five games: Indianapolis’ Shane Steichen (Oct. 8 and Dec. 3), Carolina’s Frank Reich (Nov. 26) and Houston’s DeMeco Ryans (Dec. 17 and 31). 

Reich's not a rookie head coach, just a rookie head coach for the Panthers. 

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