NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans (1-4) host the the Atlanta Falcons (5-1) this week at Nissan Stadium (capacity 69,143). Kickoff is scheduled for noon CDT on Sunday, Oct. 25.
The Falcons will appear in a regular season game at Nissan Stadium for only the third time. The Titans took both of the previous two meetings at the venue, winning 30-17 in 1999 and 20-13 in 2007.
This week's game will be televised regionally on FOX, including Nashville affiliate WZTV FOX 17. Thom Brennamanwill handle play-by-play duties alongside analyst Charles Daviswith Tony Siragusaserving as an on-field analyst.
The Titans Radio Network, including Nashville flagship 104.5 The Zone, will carry the game across the Mid-South with the "Voice of the Titans" Mike Keith, analyst Frank Wycheck, gameday host Rhett Bryan and sideline reporter Jonathan Hutton.
Additionally, Westwood One Sports will broadcast the Titans-Falcons game to a national audience. John Sadak (play-by-play) and Ross Tucker (analyst) will have the call.
TITANS HOPE TO END HOMESTAND ON WINNING NOTE
This week marks the final game for the Titans in a rare span that includes four home games and a bye. They were last on the road at Cleveland on Sept. 20, and the next away game they will play is Nov. 1 at Houston, giving them five weeks during the regular season without a road contest. In the 56-year history of the organization, that has happened only three previous times: 1960, 1964 and 1967.
The Titans hosted the Miami Dolphins last week and fell by a final score of 38-10. The Dolphins forced four turnovers and produced six sacks on defense in the contest, while on the other side of the ball they generated 434 total yards, including 180 rushing yards.
Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota was 21-of-33 passing for 219 yards, one touchdown and a pair of interceptions against the Dolphins. Through the first five games of his career, the second overall pick owns a 93.2 passer rating, completing 103 passes for 1,239 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions on 161 attempts.
*FALCONS FLYING HIGH WITH QUINN *
As they try to keep pace in the NFC South with the 5-0 Carolina Panthers, the Falcons will have 10 days to prepare for the Titans. They were in action most recently on Thursday, Oct. 15 at New Orleans, where they suffered their first loss of the season. Matt Ryan's 295 yards passing and Devonta Freeman's 100 yards rushing were not enough to overcome the Saints in a 31-21 defeat.
Nevertheless, the Falcons are off to a laudable start under new head coach Dan Quinn, who was hired during the offseason after coordinating the vaunted Seattle Seahawks defense for the last two years (2013-14). During that time, the Seattle defense allowed a league-low 270.4 yards per game, 15.2 points per game, and 178.8 passing yards per game.
The Falcons suffer no shortage of star power on their veteran roster, beginning with Ryan, the owner of nearly every Falcons passing record. The three-time Pro Bowl selection has topped the 4,000-yard passing mark in each of the last four campaigns and has a franchise-best 29,917 career passing yards. In 2015, he has thrown for 1,751 yards (third in the NFL) to go along with eight touchowns and four interceptions.
Freeman leads the NFL with nine rushing touchdowns and ranks second in the league with 505 rushing yards, complementing the dangerous receiving duo of Roddy White and Julio Jones. The receivers have a total of six Pro Bowls between them—four by White and two by Jones—and this season Jones ranks second in the NFL with 638 receiving yards.
*CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS DRIVE *
Fans are encouraged to bring their old cellular phones to the Titans-Falcons game and donate them at collection sites outside of Nissan Stadium. The collection will benefit Cell Phones for Soldiers, a non-profit that collects old cell phones, sells them for recycling and then uses the income to purchase prepaid calling cards for U.S. servicemen and women stationed overseas.