NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans (2-4) travel to face the Redskins (1-5) this week. Kickoff at FedExField (capactiy 85,000) is scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT/noon CDT on Sunday, Oct. 19.
The Titans and Redskins have met on only 11 prior occasions in the regular season, with the Titans holding a 6-5 advantage. In two appearances at FedExField, which opened in 1997, the Titans are 2-0, earning wins in 2000 and 2006. Meanwhile, the Redskins have won both matchups at LP Field in the same time period (2002 and 2010).
This week's game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. Kevin Harlan will handle play-by-play duties, while Rich Gannon will serve as analyst.
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, gameday host Rhett Bryan and sideline reporter Jonathan Hutton.
TITANS LOOK FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE WIN
Last week the Titans broke a four-game losing skid with a 16-14 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars at LP Field. With 12 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, nose tackle Sammie Hillblocked a 55-yard field goal attempt by Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee to preserve the win.
The Titans defense recorded six sacks and forced a pair of second-half turnovers in the contest. Defensive tackle and defensive captain Jurrell Casey led the charge with two sacks, while second-year cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson notched his first career interception. The other turnover came as a result of a forced fumble by cornerback Jason McCourty and a recovery by rookie linebacker Avery Williamson.
Charlie Whitehurstreceived the start at quarterback for the Titans in place ofJake Locker**, who was inactive with a right thumb injury. Whitehurst led four scoring drives, completing 17 of his 28 pass attempts for a career-high 233 yards. The ninth-year veteran did not throw an interception, as the Titans completed their second consecutive game without a turnover.
Now, with two games remaining before their bye, the Titans hope to build on their performance against the Jaguars. They face their second NFC opponent of the season in the Redskins and then return to LP Field for a date with the division-rival Houston Texans in Week 8.
In their first interconference matchup of 2014, the Titans fell to the Dallas Cowboys 26-10 in Week 2. Since realignment in 2002, they have been one of the NFL's best teams against the opposite conference, building a 30-19 record versus the NFC. Only four teams boast a better interconference record in that time frame.
*THE REDSKINS *
Like the Titans, who are in their first campaign under head coach Ken Whisenhunt, the Redskins have new leadership on the sideline. Jay Gruden was named the 29th head coach in the 83-year history of the franchise in January after spending three seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Last week Gruden's squad traveled to Arizona, where they suffered their fourth consecutive loss. The Redskins kept the score tight throughout the game and even led in the second quarter. However, the Cardinals got a late interception return for a touchdown to seal their 30-20 win.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been inactive the last four weeks due to an ankle injury he suffered in Week 2. As a result, Kirk Cousins has filled in as the starter, completing 116 of 188 passes for 1,571 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions (88.3 passer rating). Against the Cardinals, Cousins threw for 354 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown to wide receiver DeSean Jackson.