This much is certain: The Tennessee Titans’ 2010 theme song will not be ‘Home for the Holidays.’
The Titans’ final two games of the regular season will be on the road – Dec. 26 at Kansas City and Jan. 2 at Indianapolis, which means the team will depart for those contests on Christmas and New Year’s Day, respectively.
The last time Tennessee finished with two straight on the road was 2005.
Conversely, the first two – and three of the first four – will be at home. The opener will be Sept. 12 against the Oakland Raiders at LP Field.
“It is always a privilege to open the season at home and we will be facing a much-improved Oakland team,” coach Jeff Fisher in a release announcing the schedule.
The NFL released its entire 2010 schedule at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The game at Kansas City is the only one of Tennessee’s final six that is not against an AFC South opponent. The bulk of the Titans’ division games will take place down the stretch – Nov. 28 at Houston, Dec. 5 against Jacksonville, Dec. 9 against Indianapolis (an NFL Network national telecast), Dec. 19 against Houston and the regular-season finale against the Colts.
That aspect of the schedule appears to be the league’s response to recent criticism about teams resting their players in the final weeks of the season when nothing is at stake.
Tennessee’s only other division contest will be a Monday Night Football contest, Oct. 18 at Jacksonville.
“The middle part of the schedule with four of five games on the road will certainly be a challenge, but historically we have fared well on the road,” Fisher said. “With five of our last six games against division opponents, reaching our goal of winning the division will be determined during this stretch to end the year.”