NASHVILLE, Tenn. — This week the national spotlight descends upon Tennessee as the Titans (2-7) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) on Monday Night Football. It is the 77th all-time meeting between the former division rivals. Kickoff at LP Field (capacity 69,143) is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CST on Monday, Nov. 17.
The Titans are 11-6 on Monday Night Football, having won five of their last six. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)
ESPN will broadcast the game to a national television audience. The telecast can be seen locally in Nashville on WKRN News 2. Mike Tirico will handle play-by-play duties, while Jon Gruden provides analysis and Lisa Salters reports from the sidelines.
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.
Additionally, Westwood One Sports will broadcast the game to a national radio audience. Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Kurt Warner (analyst) and Steve Tasker (sidelines) will have the call.
TITANS LOOK TO CONTINUE RECENT MONDAY NIGHT SUCCESS
A win against the Steelers would give the Titans five consecutive wins on Monday Night Football and improve their all-time Monday night record to 22-16. They have not lost a Monday night contest since Nov. 19, 2007 at Denver, vanquishing the Indianapolis Colts (2008), Houston Texans (2009), Jacksonville Jaguars (2010) and New York Jets (2012) along the way.
More germane to the current squad, the Titans need a victory to end a losing streak. They have dropped three straight games since an Oct. 12 win over the Jaguars, most recently at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens.
In a hostile Baltimore setting, the Titans found early success but could not maintain it. Once they took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, they were kept off the scoreboard for the duration of the afternoon and ultimately fell 21-7.
Rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger recorded his second career start and completed 16 of 27 passes for 179 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The sixth-round pick from Louisiana State University became the ninth rookie quarterback in franchise history to start a game on Oct. 26 against the Texans, taking the reins after Jake Locker (four starts) and Charlie Whitehurst (three starts) started the first seven contests of 2014. Mettenberger's 478 total passing yards in the last two weeks are the most for the franchise in a rookie's initial two starts since Jacky Lee's 612 yards in 1960.
*THE STEELERS *
Titans Online looks back at the modern-day rivalry between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photos: Donn Jones, AP)