NASHVILLE, Tenn. —** This week the Tennessee Titans (4-5) host the Green Bay Packers (4-4) in a regular season game for the first time since 2008. Kickoff at Nissan Stadium (capacity 69,143) is scheduled for noon CST on Sunday, Nov. 13.
This is the Packers' third visit in the regular season to Nissan Stadium since the venue opened in 1999. The Titans won the first two such outings, which took place in 2001 and 2008.
This week's game will be televised regionally on FOX, including Nashville affiliate WZTV Fox 17. Play-by-play announcer Kenny Albert and analyst Daryl Johnston will call the action, and Laura Okmin will report from the sidelines.
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, Sports USA will broadcast the Titans-Packers game to a national audience. Play-by-play announcer John Ahlers and analyst John Robinson will have the call.
TITANS LOOK TO CLIMB BACK TO .500
Against the Packers, the Titans will play their fourth home game in a five-game stretch. For the remainder of the season, however, they will only take the Nissan Stadium field twice in their final six contests.
Last week the Titans visited San Diego, where three turnovers turned into 17 points for the Chargers. The Titans ultimately fell by a final score of 43-35.
The loss put the Titans at a game under .500, tied with the 4-5 Indianapolis Colts for second place in the AFC South behind the 5-3 Houston Texans. The Colts have a bye this week, while the Texans will visit the fourth-place Jacksonville Jaguars (2-6).
The Titans' 35-point performance at San Diego came a week after scoring 36 points at home against Jacksonville. The last time the Titans scored 35 or more points in consecutive games was Weeks 14-15 of the 2004 campaign.
Against the Chargers, the Titans also recorded their fifth consecutive game with at least 26 points. The last time that happened was Weeks 3-10 of 2003 (seven games). Over the last five weeks, the Titans rank fourth in the NFL in scoring, averaging 31.0 points per game.
Marcus Mariota passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns at San Diego, including a pair of touchdowns to wide receiver Rishard Matthews, who tied his single-game career high and has five touchdowns over the last five weeks.
Mariota added a 14-yard rushing touchdown. It marked the third time in his career he had one rushing touchdown and three passing touchdowns in the same game. He has passed for at least two touchdowns in each of the last five weeks.
The Packers are in their 11th season under head coach Mike McCarthy, who has led the club to the playoffs eight times, including seven consecutive playoff seasons from 2009–2015.
The Packers find themselves in third place in the NFC North as they head to Tennessee. They trail the 5-3 Minnesota Vikings and the 5-4 Detroit Lions.
Last week the Packers hosted the Indianapolis Colts and fell behind 31-13 before scoring a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter. However, the rally fell short, and they lost by a score of 31-26.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a two-time NFL MVP, has completed 202 of 318 passes for 2,039 yards in 2016. He ranks third in the NFL with 20 touchdown passes.
The Titans offense will face a tough test against the Packers. The Green Bay defense ranks eighth (325.8 yards per game) in the NFL through Nov. 6, including the league's best run defense (75.8).
"FILL THE BOOT"
The Titans, in partnership with Muscular Dystrophy Association, will be collecting monetary donations at the game to help battle muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases. Volunteers will collect donated items from fans at the six collection drop-off locations outside of Nissan Stadium, beginning at 10 a.m. "Fill the Boot" donations benefit MDA's shared mission to find research breakthroughs across diseases; care for kids and adults from day one; and empower families with services and support in hometowns across America.
TitansOnline.com looks back at the all-time series between the Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers. (AP Photos)