NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Titans (0-0) open their 2013 preseason schedule this week at home against the Washington Redskins (0-0). Kickoff at LP Field (capacity 69,143) is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Aug. 8.
The Redskins have visited LP Field on three previous occasions, twice in the regular season (2002 and 2010) and once in preseason (2007). In the all-time regular-season series, the Titans hold a slight 6-5 advantage.
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 and former Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck 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, color commentator Frank Wycheck and sideline reporter Cody Allison.
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Led by head coach Mike Shanahan, the Redskins won the NFC East Division last year, winning their last seven regular-season games to finish with a 10-6 record. Their run came to a finish with a loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card playoff round.
Washington's quarterback, Robert Griffin III, was named the Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012, capping a memorable season in which he passed for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns while also rushing for 815 yards and seven scores. The second overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft spent the offseason recovering from a knee injury he suffered in the playoff loss against the Seahawks.
Griffin and fellow 2012 rookie, running back Alfred Morris (1,613 yards), helped the Redskins rank first in the league in rushing last season. They were fifth in total offense.
The 2012 Redskins also ranked third in turnover ratio (plus-17), fourth in scoring (436 points) and fifth in rushing defense.
The Titans begin their third preseason under head coach Mike Munchak, now in his 32nd season as a player or coach with the franchise. His total of 15 wins from 2011-12 was the third highest number in team history in a head coach's first two full seasons.
For the first time since being drafted with the eighth overall pick in 2011, Jake Locker enters the preseason with Tennessee's starting quarterback job. The third-year pro was a backup behind Matt Hasselbeck as a rookie in 2011, and in 2012, the two battled for the starter's role through the offseason and training camp. With two preseason games remaining, Munchak announced that Locker would get the nod. Locker's statistics through two campaigns include 211-of-380 passing for 2,718 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, plus two additional rushing touchdowns.
Munchak and general manager Ruston Webster oversaw significant changes to the team during the 2013 offseason. Through free agency and the draft, the Titans added more than two dozen new faces. The new veterans include safeties George Wilson (Bills) and Bernard Pollard (Ravens), guard Andy Levitre (Bills), tight end Delanie Walker (49ers), running back Shonn Greene (Jets), linebacker Moise Fokou (Colts) and defensive tackle Sammie Hill (Lions). In April, the Titans drafted a total of eight players, beginning with Alabama guard Chance Warmack in the first round and Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter in the second round.
Levitre (left guard) and Warmack (right guard) are likely to figure prominently in a revamped offensive line that also includes stalwart bookend tackles Michael Roos and David Stewart. While the center spot is up for grabs, the improved unit will be better equipped to protect Locker and open holes for running back Chris Johnson, who enters his sixth NFL season. Since Johnson entered the league in 2008, only Minnesota's Adrian Peterson (7,508) has more rushing yards than his 6,888.
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