The Tennessee Titans will be back in primetime this fall.
The 2012 schedule, released Tuesday, includes a Thursday night home game against Pittsburgh (Oct. 11) and a Monday night home game against the New York Jets (Dec. 17).
Tennessee opens the season at home against the New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady.
The Titans won’t have their bye until Nov. 18 — following their 10th game — and then four of their final six will be against AFC South opponents, including both games against Jacksonville.
“What stands out to me is the two home primetime games. We didn’t have any last year and those are fun for our fans and an opportunity to showcase our team,” coach Mike Munchak said. “The bye falls really late, but hopefully the Thursday night game in October will give us a long weekend and extra days to get players some rest. The final six games feature four division games and five AFC games, so it gives us a chance to control our own destiny down the stretch.”
A complete look at the Titans’ 2012 schedule:
• Sunday Sept. 9 vs. New England, Noon, CBS
The Patriots have outscored the Titans by a combined 99-23 in the last two meetings (2006 and 2009).
• Sunday Sept. 16 at San Diego, 3:15 p.m., CBS
As the Titans, the franchise is 0-4 all-time, including playoffs, and have been outscored by 73 points at San Diego.
• Sunday Sept. 23 vs. Detroit, Noon, Fox
Jim Schwartz faces the Titans for the first time as a head coach. Schwartz was a Titans’ assistant from 1999 through 2008.
• Sunday Sept. 30 at Houston, Noon, CBS
Chris Johnson has zero rushing touchdowns on 64 carries in four career games at Reliant Stadium.
• Sunday Oct. 7 at Minnesota, Noon, CBS
The franchise is 1-5 all-time at the Metrodome. The lone win came back in 1992. This will be the fourth visit since.
• Thursday Oct. 11 vs. Pittsburgh, 7:20 p.m., NFL Network
In 10 meetings, including one in the postseason, since the start of the 2001 season, the winning team has scored 30 or more eight times.
• Sunday Oct. 21 at Buffalo, Noon. CBS
The Titans have won four of five regular-season meetings, including 23-17 in 2011, since the Music City Miracle.
• Sunday Oct. 28 vs. Indianapolis, Noon, CBS
Oliver Luck was 0-1 against the Baltimore Colts as the Houston Oilers’ starting quarterback. Presumably, this will be the first time his son gets a crack at the Titans as the Indianapolis Colts starting quarterback.
• Sunday Nov. 4 vs. Chicago, Noon, Fox
The Bears have not lost in two regular season trips to Tennessee — 23-20 in 1998 (Vanderbilt Stadium) and 19-17 in overtime in 2004 (LP Field).
• Sunday Nov. 11 at Miami, Noon, CBS
In six trips to Miami since the start of 1997, the Titans have averaged just 11 points per game and have been shut out once.
• Sunday Nov. 18 BYE
• Sunday Nov. 25 at Jacksonville, Noon, CBS
Kenny Britt’s first and next-to-last 100-yard receiving games each have been at Jacksonville.
• Sunday Dec. 2 vs. Houston, Noon, CBS
Last season’s 41-7 loss to the Texans was the Titans’ most lopsided defeat at LP Field.
• Sunday Dec. 9 at Indianapolis, Noon, CBS,
Tennessee has not won at Indianapolis since 2007 and has not scored more than 20 points there since 2004.
• Monday Dec. 17 vs. N.Y. Jets, 7:30 p.m., ESPN
Since they relocated from Houston, the Oilers/Titans are 1-5 and have not scored more than 17 points against the Jets.
• Sunday Dec. 23 at Green Bay, Noon, CBS
Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is 1-3 all-time as a starter against the team that drafted him.
• Sunday Dec. 30 vs. Jacksonville, Noon, CBS
The Titans have held the Jaguars to 17 points or fewer at LP Field in each of the last four years.