NASHVILLE, Tenn. --** The Tennessee Titans (1-1) travel this week to face the Kansas City Chiefs (2-0) in Week 3 of the preseason. Kickoff at Arrowhead Stadium (capacity 76,416) is scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT on Friday, Aug. 28.
The game will be televised regionally on the Titans Preseason TV Network, including flagship WKRN-News 2 in Nashville. Play-by-play announcer Cory Curtis and analyst Eddie George will call the action, while Dawn Davenport 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.
LAST WEEK AT NISSAN STADIUM**
The Titans hosted the St. Louis Rams last week in their second preseason contest. They jumped out to an early lead, courtesy of Perrish Cox's interception return for a touchdown, and pulled away for a 27-14 victory.
Most of the offensive and defensive starters for the Titans played three series, including rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota. Mariota was 5-of-8 passing for 59 yards, including a 35-yard strike to tight end Craig Stevens. Through two weeks of the preseason, the second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft has attempted 16 passes with 12 completions for 153 yards.
Four quarterbacks played for the Titans against St. Louis: Mariota, Zach Mettenberger, Charlie Whitehurst and Alex Tanney. Mettenberger and Tanney each threw a touchdown pass to tight end Chase Coffman.
Combined, the quarterbacking foursome completed 20 of their 27 passes against the Rams for 267 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Their success in the preseason has helped the Titans rank first in the NFL in both completion percentage (79.6 percent) and yards per attempt (9.9).
Second-year running back Bishop Sankey led the ground attack for the Titans, accumulating 45 yards on six carries in the first half. He sparked the offense with an 18-yard run on the first drive and a 19-yarder during the second series.
Defensively, the starting unit for the Titans forced two punts and scored on Cox's 24-yard return midway through the first quarter.
The Chiefs are entering their third season under the direction of Andy Reid, who was named the franchise's head coach in 2013 after spending 14 years as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Chiefs finished the 2014 campaign with a 9-7 record. They had a top 10 rushing attack, thanks in large part to four-time Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles. Charles is the team's all-time leading rusher with 6,856 yards heading into his eighth season.
The Kansas City defense also fields its share of top-tier talent. The unit ranked seventh overall and second against the run in 2014. Outside linebacker Justin Houston recorded 22 sacks during the season, finishing just under Michael Strahan's NFL record of 22.5 set in 2001.
The Chiefs are off to a 2-0 start this preseason. They went on the road to defeat the Arizona Cardinals 34-19 in Week 1, and last week they hosted the Seattle Seahawks and won 14-13.
FIRST ROSTER CUT LOOMS
At 3 p.m. CDT on Sept. 1, four days after the Titans play the Chiefs, NFL rules mandate that rosters must be trimmed from 90 to 75 players. The final cutdown to 53 active players occurs on Sept. 5.
Players placed on reserve lists such as Injured Reserve, Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform and Reserve/Suspended do not count towards the 53-man active roster limit.