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Titans (1-1) Look to Bounce Back at N.Y. Giants (1-1) on Sunday



NASHVILLE, Tenn. — **The Tennessee Titans (1-1) play their first road game of the 2010 regular season this week, traveling to face the New York Giants (1-1) at the New Meadowlands Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for noon CDT on Sunday, Sept. 26.

Located only feet from the former site of Giants Stadium, which housed the team from 1976 through 2009, the New Meadowlands Stadium seats 82,500 fans and was built with a pricetag of $1.6 billion.  The 2.1 million square-foot facility was inaugurated in the regular season on Sept. 12 with a 31-18 Giants victory over the Carolina Panthers.


The game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. Greg Gumbel will handle play-by-play duties, while Dan Dierdorf will provide color commentary.

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, color commentator Frank Wycheck, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone.


The Titans and Giants each suffered losses last week after scoring big victories in their regular season openers.  The Titans defeated the Oakland Raiders in Week 1 but then followed that with a 19-11 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at LP Field.  The Giants, on the heels of a 31-18 home victory over the Carolina Panthers in their opener, traveled to Indianapolis and dropped a 38-14 decision to the Colts.

Despite committing seven turnovers against the Steelers­—the most by the Titans in a game since 2000 (Nov. 19 against the Cleveland Browns)—the Titans put themselves in position to potentially tie the game late in the fourth quarter after a Kerry Collins-to-Nate Washington touchdown pass, two-point conversion and onside kick recovery.  However, the clock expired with the Titans in Steelers territory.

Defensively, the Titans were stout against the Steelers, who scored their only touchdown on an 89-yard return on the opening kickoff.  Tennessee allowed just 127 total net yards, the smallest output by an opponent since Dec. 25, 2000 against the Dallas Cowboys.  Additionally, the Steelers netted only 21 passing yards, the eighth fewest allowed in Titans history and the lowest since allowing nine passing yards in the same contest versus the Cowboys.

At the moment the Titans rank first in the NFL in total defense through two weeks, averaging 206.5 opponent yards per contest.

Meanwhile, the Giants were victimized by a 20-of-26, three-touchdown performance by Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.  The Giants turned the ball over three times and were sacked four times.  Their two touchdowns were the result of passes from Eli Manning to Mario Manningham and Hakeem Nicks.


The Titans carry a four-game winning streak against the Giants into this week's contest, including victories in two of the most memorable finishes in recent franchise history.  At LP Field in 2006—Vince Young's eighth career start—they scored 24 points in the final 10 minutes of the fourth quarter, erasing a 21-0 deficit to win 24-21.  Their last road game against the Giants occurred in 2002, when Steve McNair engineered one of his most memorable comebacks to lead the team to a 32-29 overtime victory.

Against NFC teams, the Titans enter this week with a nine-game winning streak.  The run dates back to 2007 and includes victories over every team in the NFC North (four wins in 2008) and NFC West (2009), plus the NFC South's Carolina Panthers (2007).  Since NFL realignment in 2002, the Titans have an interconference winning percentage of .719 (23-9), which ranks third in the NFL behind the New England Patriots (.875) and Colts (.788).

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