Tennessee Titans (5-4) vs. Washington Redskins (4-5)
Sunday, November 21st, 2010 • Noon CST • LP Field • Nashville, Tennessee • TV: FOX
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Titans (5-4) play their first home game in nearly a month this week, as they host the Washington Redskins (4-5) at LP Field (capacity 69,143). Kickoff is scheduled for noon CST on Sunday, November 21st.
The Titans enter the game with a 12-game winning streak against teams from the NFC. The streak already is the longest in franchise history and the longest current streak in the NFL. Adding one more victory to the run would put the Titans in a tie with the 1978-81 Miami Dolphins and 1987-90 New Orleans Saints for the second-longest interconference winning streak since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, behind only the 2005-09 Patriots’ streak of 17 non-conference wins.
More importantly, a win against the Redskins would break a two-game losing skid by the Titans.
After beginning the year with a 5-2 record, the Titans lost at San Diego on October 31st, and following their bye, they were defeated last week at Miami by a final score of 29-17.
At 5-4, the Titans are within one game of the 6-3 Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South standings.
The Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars are tied for second place, while the 4-5 Houston Texans trail closely behind. The Colts and Texans are on the road this week against the New England Patriots and New York Jets, respectively, while the Jaguars host the Cleveland Browns.
This week’s game will be televised regionally on FOX, including Nashville affiliate WZTV Channel 17. Dick Stockton will handle play-by-play duties, while Charles Davis and Jim Mora, Jr. will provide analysis.
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, sideline reporter Cody Allison and gameday host Larry Stone.
The game can be heard locally on 1400 AM, WJZM.
Titans And Redskins Renew Rare Rivalry
The Redskins will be making only their second regular season appearance at LP Field. In their first visit to the venue on October 6th, 2002, Steve Spurrier was in his first season as the Redskins’ head coach. Rookie quarterback Patrick Ramsey came off the bench to lead them to a 31-14 victory.
On October 15th, 2006, the Titans traveled to FedExField in the most recent clash between the teams.
The Titans were able to escape with a 25-22 victory, their first of the season and the beginning of a run in which they won eight of the final 11 games. It also was quarterback Vince Young’s first career victory. The win improved the Titans’ all-time record against the Redskins to 6-4.
In their first nine games of the season, the Redskins built a 4-5 record under new head coach Mike Shanahan, who is in his first season with the club and 17th year as an NFL head coach. Shanahan most recently served as head coach of the Denver Broncos from 1995 through 2008 and led the Broncos to two Super Bowl victories.
Washington’s other major addition during the 2010 offseason was quarterback Donovan McNabb. The Redskins traded with the Eagles to acquire McNabb, giving up a second-round pick in 2010 and an additional choice in the 2011 NFL Draft. Through the Redskins’ first eight games, McNabb completed 159 of 277 passes for 1,971 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions
Prior to the game, fans are encouraged to participate in the annual Second Harvest Food Bank food drive by dropping off non-perishable items at one of several collection sites around LP Field. Among the most-needed items are canned tuna and chicken, canned vegetables and fruit, peanut butter, rice, chili, and macaroni and cheese.
Titans-Redskins Series At A Glance
- Overall series (regular & postseason): Titans lead 6-4
- Regular Season Series: Titans lead 6-4
- Postseason Series: None
- Current streak: One win by Titans
- Titans at home vs. Redskins: 3-1
- Titans on the road vs. Redskins: 3-3
- Last Time at LP Field: Redskins 31 at Titans 14 (10/6/02)
- Last Time at FedEx Field: Titans 25 at Redskins 22 (10/15/06)
- First Time: Oilers 13 at Redskins 22 (10/10/71)
- Jeff Fisher’s Record vs. Redskins: 3-1
- Mike Shanahan’s Record vs. Titans: 2-2 (0-1 with Raiders, 2-1 with Broncos, 0-0 with Redskins)
- Jeff Fisher’s Record vs. Mike Shanahan: 1-2 (0-0 vs. Raiders, 1-2 vs. Broncos, 0-0 vs. Redskins)
What To Look For This Week
- With a field goal, K Rob Bironas will set a new franchise record with 20 consecutive games with at least one field goal. Last week he tied his own franchise record, set in 2006-07, with his 19th game with at least one field goal.
- If K Rob Bironas makes two consecutive field goals without a miss, he will have 14 consecutive made field goals, tying Al Del Greco (1999-00) for the fifth-longest streak in franchise history.
- QB Kerry Collins needs three touchdown passes to become the 31st player in NFL history to reach 200 career touchdown passes.
- RB Chris Johnson will attempt to record his 22nd career 100-yard rushing game and his sixth of 2010.
- RB Chris Johnson (4,072 career rushing yards) needs eight rushing yards to pass Lorenzo White (4,079 yards) for third place on the team’s all-time rushing list.
- WR Randy Moss (949 career receptions) needs three receptions to pass Andre Reed (951) for eighth in NFL history. With a touchdown reception, Moss will become the first player in NFL history to catch a touchdown pass with three different teams in a single season.
- WR Randy Moss (14,804 career receiving yards) needs 131 receiving yards to pass Tim Brown (14,934) for fourth in NFL history.
- LB Stephen Tulloch needs four tackles to reach 100 tackles for the second consecutive season.
Titans-Redskins Series History
The Titans-Redskins rivalry dates back to 1971, a year after the merger of the American Football League and National Football League. The Redskins defeated the then-Houston Oilers by a final score of 22-13 on October 10th, 1971 in the first of 10 meetings in the regular season.
In 1975, the Oilers earned a 13-10 win over the Redskins, giving them their first franchise win over an NFC team. Tennessee holds a 6-4 advantage in the series, including six wins in the past nine meetings. The Titans have a 3-1 record at home against the Redskins and are 3-3 on the road.
In their most recent clash, the Redskins hosted the Titans in Week 6 of the 2006 season. The Titans were able to escape FedExField with a 25-22 victory, their first of the season and the beginning of a run in which they won eight of the final 11 games. It also was quarterback Vince Young’s first career victory.
Besides a 2007 preseason contest, the Redskins have not appeared at LP Field since October 6th, 2002. With Steve Spurrier in his first season has head coach, Washington’s defense held Eddie George to just 26 rushing yards and kept Tennessee off the board in the second half, and Redskins rookie quarterback Patrick Ramsey came off the bench to lead his team to a 31-14 victory. Following that game, the Titans went on to win 11 of their next 12 games, including an AFC Divisional Playoff game, before falling to the Raiders in the AFC Championship.
On August 12th, 1995, a historic preseason game was played when the then-Houston Oilers traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, to play a preseason game with the Redskins. The teams spent the previous two days practicing together at Maryville College outside of Knoxville. The same weekend, owner K.S. “Bud” Adams, Jr. entered into an exclusive negotiating period with the city of Nashville to relocate the Oilers to Tennessee. An agreement was finalized by November of the same year.