NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Titans (0-1) play their first home preseason game of the season this week, playing host to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0). Kickoff at Nissan Stadium (capacity 69,143) is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT on Saturday, Aug. 18.
The two clubs will be well familiarized by kickoff time. The Buccaneers will arrive in Nashville earlier in the week to practice with the Titans on Wednesday, Aug. 15, and Thursday, Aug. 16. Both practices, which are free and open to the public, will take place at Saint Thomas Sports Park (460 Great Circle Road) and begin at 9:50 a.m. CDT.
The game will be televised regionally on the Titans Preseason TV Network, including flagship WKRN-News 2 in Nashville. Play-by-play announcer Dan Hellie and analyst Charles Davis will call the action, and Cory Curtis will report from the sidelines.
This year, for the first time ever, fans in the Nashville viewing area are able to stream Titans preseason games at the team's website, TitansOnline.com. Fans outside the Nashville viewing area can stream live preseason games and replays of every game by subscribing to NFL Game Pass.
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 Dave McGinnis, gameday host Jonathan Hutton and sideline reporter Amie Wells.
TITANS LOOK TO BUILD ON GREEN BAY PERFORMANCE
The Titans opened their preseason schedule last week in Green Bay, where they jumped out to an early lead but ultimately fell by a final score of 31-17.
The Titans offense, led by quarterback Marcus Mariota, began the contest with a nine-play, 71-yard drive that was highlighted by two throws by Mariota on third down: first, a 38-yard completion to wide receiver Nick Williams, and second, a four-yard touchdown pass to Darius Jennings. In addition to his two completions (three attempts) for 42 yards, Mariota also rushed for seven yards and a first down.
Veteran quarterback Blaine Gabbert took the snaps from the second series through most of the third quarter. Rookie sixth-round pick Luke Falk then grabbed the reins and led a late touchdown drive.
On the defensive side, Titans inside linebacker Jayon Brown collected an interception after Packers quarterback Brett Hundley was hit by outside linebacker Gimel President while attempting a pass. Second-round rookie outside linebacker Harold Landry III was the team's lone rookie starter. He recorded one of the team's three sacks and forced a fumble on the play (recovered by the Packers).
*THE BUCCANEERS *
The Buccaneers are in their third season under the leadership of head coach Dirk Koetter. During the past two seasons, Koetter's team ranked eighth in the NFL in total offense (354.9 yards per game).
Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston was the first-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, one spot ahead of where Mariota was selected by the Titans. Winston has passed for more than 3,500 yards in each of his first three seasons, totaling 11,636 yards, 69 touchdowns and 44 interceptions in 45 games.
The Buccaneers won their preseason opener last week at Miami, 26-24.
TitansOnline.com looks back at the all-time series against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (AP Photos)