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Titans Preparing for Long 'Business Trip' to London to Face Ravens


NASHVILLE – Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill has played in London in the past.

Three times during his years with the Dolphins, Tannehill made the trip.

His best advice to teammates: Big Ben is the best source of time while in London.

"Just try to convey to the guys: Take advantage of the rest on the plane, and when you get there, hit the ground running, take advantage of your Friday and try to get a good night's rest on Friday night once we get there," Tannehill said. "Then after that, (you) handle business as usual, and don't try and look back and see what time it is in the (United States). Look at the clock (in London), and whatever time it is, that's what it is.

"For me, the biggest thing is: Don't try to compare what time it is back home. You can't think about it that way, otherwise you are going to be in a bad situation."

The Titans practiced at Saint Thomas Sports Park on Wednesday. They'll practice in Nashville again on Thursday before boarding a plane and traveling to London on Thursday afternoon around 4:30 p.m., which is 10:30 p.m. BST time, by the way. The Titans are scheduled to land at Heathrow Airport in London around 6:30 a.m. BST, or 12:30 a.m. CDT.

The Titans will practice in London on Friday at 1:45 p.m. BST, 7:45 a.m. CDT.

Kickoff for Sunday's game against the Ravens at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m. BST, or 8:30 a.m. CDT.

The Titans followed a similar schedule when they made the trip to London in 2018.

"The last time that we went over (we got) a lot of work in here, have everything that we need here at the facility, work ahead, make Tuesday a Wednesday, Wednesday a Thursday, Friday so on and so forth," Titans Coach Mike Vrabel said of the decision to leave later in the week. "Get over there, get adjusted, have a Friday practice, clean up a lot of the stuff that we did and then have our normal preparation for the game. I've talked to a lot of people that have done it both ways and that's how we did it the last time. Felt like we were ready to go and just didn't end the way that we wanted to."

Safety Kevin Byard was on that 2018 Titans team, which lost by a single point to the Chargers.

Byard said he was ready to play, and he enjoyed the overall experience.

"I remember there being multiple jerseys, from multiple teams, in the crowd," Byard said. "The Chargers were the home team, but you couldn't tell who was the home team, who was the away team, because you saw fans with all kinds of jerseys – Titans, Chargers, all the other 30 teams.

"It was exciting."

Titans defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons made it clear on Wednesday this will be a business trip for the Titans.

The Titans dropped to 2-3 with Sunday's loss to the Colts, and they're trying to get to 3-3 at the bye week.

"I haven't been looking too much at London," Simmons said. "This is a business trip. Of course, guys will see what the city is like – hopefully I will get some time to see what the city is like.

"But my main goal is to go over there and get a win, and hopefully that's the main goal for everyone, not just that we're going out of the country to play ball, but let's get a win."

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