|One of Tennessee's biggest rivals since the franchise moved to the Volunteer State in 1997, the Titans and Ravens meet again Sunday at LP Field.|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans (0-1) open their regular-season home schedule this week, as they welcome the rival Baltimore Ravens (1-0) to LP Field (capacity 69,143). Kickoff is scheduled for noon CDT on Sunday, Sept. 18.
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The contest marks the beginning of the Titans' 13th season at LP Field. In their previous 12 home openers, they built a 7-5 record.
The Titans and Ravens have enjoyed a heated rivalry since the Ravens' began play in Baltimore in 1996. Since that time, the Ravens have built a 10-9 series lead, including a 2-1 advantage in three playoff meetings. Most recently, the Ravens knocked the Titans out of the playoffs in 2008, after a season in which the Titans had the NFL's best record at 13-3.
This week's game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. Bill Macatee will handle play-by-play duties, while Steve Tasker will provide analysis.
The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will broadcast the game across the Mid-South with the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith, analyst Frank Wycheck, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone.
LAST WEEK AT JACKSONVILLE
The Titans began their season and the Mike Munchak head-coaching era last week in Jacksonville. After falling behind 13-0 in the third quarter, they rallied to get within two points of the Jaguars. But a late interception in Jaguars territory thwarted the Titans' final drive, and they lost by a final score of 16-14.
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck made his first appearance as a member of the Titans. The 13-year veteran was signed as an unrestricted free agent from the Seattle Seahawks at the start of training camp. Against the Jaguars, he completed 21 of 34 passes for 263 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 93.1.
Wide receiver Kenny Britt was on the opposite end of five of Hasselbeck's passes. Britt finished the game with his fifth career 100-yard performance, totaling 136 yards and two scores, including an 80-yard touchdown reception.
The Ravens hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers to launch their regular season and earned a convincing 35-7 victory. They forced seven Steelers turnovers, including two interceptions by safety Ed Reed, and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs contributed three sacks. Offensively, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was 17-of-29 for 224 yards and three touchdowns, while running back Ray Rice tallied 107 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
The Ravens have made the playoffs in each of their three seasons under the direction of head coach John Harbaugh. After going 12-4 in the 2010 regular season, they entered the playoffs as a Wild Card team and advanced to the Divisional Round before losing to the Steelers.
LP PENCIL BOX DRIVE
At the game this Sunday, fans are encouraged to participate in the LP PENCIL Box School Supply Drive. LP PENCIL Box, a collaborative non-profit venture between PENCIL Foundation and LP Building Products, offers Nashville Metro teachers the opportunity to acquire school supplies for the city's most in-need children. Seven collection locations will be positioned outside of LP Field to collect items from erasers and pencil boxes to hand sanitizers, colored pencils, pens and rulers.