|Safety Michael Griffin and the Titans return to New Orleans for the first time since 2007 when they close out the preseason Thursday night against the Saints|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. --The Tennessee Titans (2-1) conclude the preseason this week, traveling to New Orleans to play the Saints (2-1). Kickoff at the Louisiana Superdome is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Sept. 1.
This week's preseason finale is a preview of a regular season game between the same two clubs. On Dec. 11, the Saints make their first regular-season appearance at LP Field since 2003.
The game will be televised regionally on the Titans Preseason TV Network, including flagship WKRN-Channel 2 in Nashville. Cory Curtis will handle play-by-play duties, while former Titans running back Eddie George will provide analysis. Dawn Davenport will report from the sidelines. A full listing of preseason affiliates is available on page 2 of this release.
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, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone.
LAST WEEK'S GAME
The Titans hosted the Chicago Bears last week and won by a final score of 14-13. Rookie cornerback Tommie Campbell, a seventh-round pick from the California University of Pennsylvania, provided the game-winning score in the fourth quarter with an interception and 90-yard return for a touchdown.
Another rookie, running back Jamie Harper, scored the other Titans touchdown in the win. Harper, a fourth-round draft pick from Clemson, has scored a touchdown in each of the team's three preseason games. He started the last two due to the absence of Chris Johnson and a hip injury to Javon Ringer.
The Titans defense totaled two takeaways against the Bears—safety Michael Griffin also recorded an interception—and limited the opposition to under 17 points for the third time this preseason. The Titans lead the NFL in the preseason in scoring defense, having allowed their opponents an average of 11.0 points per contest. THE SAINTS
The Saints are looking to make the playoffs in 2011 for the fourth time since head coach Sean Payton was hired in 2006. Last year they earned a Wild Card berth, and two seasons ago they won Super Bowl XLIV.
Last week, the Saints visited the Oakland Raiders and won 40-20. Starting quarterback Drew Brees was 15-of-23 for 189 yards, leading the Saints to scores on all three drives in which he was on the field.
Seven days after hosting the Titans, the Saints will be a part of the NFL's Thursday night opener on Kickoff Weekend. They travel to Green Bay to face the Super Bowl Champion Packers on Sept. 8.
After this week's game, the Titans will have 10 days to prepare for their season-opener at Jacksonville on Sept. 11. Meanwhile, the roster will be trimmed dramatically in the coming days. League rules require the roster maximum to go from 90 to 80 players on Tuesday, Aug. 30, and finally to 53 players on Saturday, Sept. 3.