NASHVILLE, Tenn. --The Tennessee Titans (2-8) travel to Philadelphia to face the Eagles (7-3) this week. Kickoff at Lincoln Financial Field (capactiy 69,144) is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST/noon CST on Sunday, Nov. 23.
This week's game will be televised regionally on CBS, including Nashville affiliate WTVF NewsChannel 5. Greg Gumbel will handle play-by-play duties, while Trent Green will serve as analyst. Evan Washburn will report from the sidelines.
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, gameday host Rhett Bryan and sideline reporter Jonathan Hutton.
TITANS LOOK TO REBOUND FROM MONDAY NIGHT LOSS **
The Titans will have a short week to prepare for an unfamiliar opponent. Last week they hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football and fell by a final score of 27-24.
Rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger recorded his third career start and threw for 263 yards, the most ever by a rookie quarterback in a Monday night game. He completed 15 of his 24 pass attempts with two touchdowns, an interception and a passer rating of 110.2.
The sixth-round pick from Louisiana State University became the ninth rookie quarterback in franchise history to start a game on Oct. 26 against the Texans, taking the reins after Jake Locker (four starts) and Charlie Whitehurst (three starts) started the first seven contests of 2014. Mettenberger's 741 total passing yards in the last three weeks are the most for the franchise in a rookie's initial three starts.
Against the Steelers, however, the Titans were undone by Le'Veon Bell's 204 rushing yards. Pittsburgh's ground attack allowed its offensive unit to stay on the field for nearly 40 minutes, and despite five sacks by the Titans defense, Ben Roethlisberger complemented the effort with 207 passing yards and the game-winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to Antonio Brown.
*THE EAGLES *
The Eagles are led by Chip Kelly, who is in his second year as the team's head coach. He spent 23 years as a college coach, including four seasons as head coach of the Oregon Ducks, before joining Philadelphia in 2013. In his first season with the franchise, the Eagles went 10-6 and won the NFC East.
Presently, the Eagles are tied with the 7-3 Dallas Cowboys for first place in their division after being turned away in Green Bay last Sunday with a 53-20 loss. All of the Eagles' losses in 2014 have come on the road.
At quarterback, sixth-year veteran Mark Sanchez has started the past two games due to a collarbone injury suffered by Nick Foles on Nov. 2. Signed as a free agent early in the offseason, Sanchez has completed 61 of 103 passes for 880 yards with six touchdowns, four interceptions and a passer rating of 90.3 in his first season in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia's high-powered offensive attack also features running back LeSean McCoy, who ranked first in the NFL in 2013 with 1,607 rushing yards. In 2014, McCoy has 729 yards on the ground through 10 games. The Eagles rank fourth in the NFL in total offense (406.8 yards per game) and rank fourth in scoring (29.9 points per game).
On defense, Philadelphia's 33 sacks rank second in the league. Outside linebacker Connor Barwin leads the unit with 10.5 sacks.
This week's game marks the 11th all-time meeting between the Titans and Eagles. The Eagles hold a 6-4 advantage in the series, although the Titans have won the last four contests.
The series dates back more than 40 years, when the two teams met on Nov. 12, 1972, in a game won by Philadelphia 18-17 before 34,175 fans at the Houston Astrodome. The Eagles would go on to win the next five games in the series from 1979-1994.
In the 2002 season opener—the first time the two teams played at LP Field—the Titans came back from a 14-point deficit to score 17 unanswered points and beat the Eagles 27-24. Quarterback Steve McNair threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns, and Eddie George scored the game-winning two-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to take the win for the Titans.
The Titans made their first appearance at Lincoln Financial Field on Nov. 19, 2006. The Titans used a 14-yard touchdown reception by tight end Ben Troupe, a career-long 70-yard touchdown run by Travis Henry, and a franchise-record 90-yard punt return for a touchdown by Pacman Jones to win 31-13. The victory was Jeff Fisher's 100th career win in the regular season.
Most recently, the Titans hosted the Eagles on Oct. 24, 2010. The Titans forced four turnovers, and Kerry Collins, filling in at quarterback for the injured Vince Young, passed for 276 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-19 victory. Wide receiver Kenny Britt accounted for all three touchdown receptions and 225 receiving yards, which stands as the fifth-highest total in franchise history.