Titans to open 2009 NFL season at Pittsburgh

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 1:00am

The Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers will kick off the NFL season on Sept. 10 at Heinz Field.

The game is first of four primetime games that highlights kickoff weekend in the league.

It pits the Super Bowl champion Steelers against the Titans, who posted the NFL’s best regular season record last year at 13-3.

NBC will carry the game nationally. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Central, and sets up a rematch from a game tinged with controversy last year at LP Field.

When the clubs met last Dec. 21, the Titans won handily 31-14, and then set off a controversy when Titans players LenDale White and Keith Bulluck were seen stomping on the yellow Terrible Towels that many Steelers fans had brought to the stadium.

Also adding to the plot is the defection of Steelers free agent wide receiver Nate Washington to the Titans. He signed a six-year, $27 million deal earlier in the off-season.

The Titans also open the preseason this year in Canton, Ohio at the annual Hall of Fame Game against the Buffalo Bills on Aug. 9.

In addition to the Titans and Steelers being a part of the primetime schedule for the opening weekend, NBC will carry the Sunday night game between Green Bay and Chicago with ESPN televising two Monday night games the following night - Buffalo at New England and San Diego at Oakland.

The NFL also announced its Thanksgiving Day games with Green Bay visiting Detroit, Oakland at Dallas and the New York Giants traveling to Denver in primetime on the NFL Network.

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By: house_of_pain on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I like it. This will give the Titans a chance to make a statement on day one.Maybe this time the Steeler fans will keep their dirty laundry to themselves.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Oh, they will have the dirty rags out in force, but that is fine since it is their house. But, I do hope we kick their butts as bad as the last time we played them!

By: boss31 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Count 'em...6 rings! Learn it! Know it! Remember it! Don't disrespect the towel and bad karma wont happen to you!

By: nashbeck on 12/31/69 at 6:00

We need a win to start the season off right.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

What's wrongboss31, Pittsburgh doesn't have an online paper? But, since you are here, I think the Titans will dominate the squealers again.

By: boss31 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

LOL TITAN1 you seem to forget Steeler Nation is everywhere...I love when LP gets taken over with the Black and Gold. Always fun times. Will be nice to start off the season with a win just like in 05! ;)

By: house_of_pain on 12/31/69 at 6:00

The Titans will be using those ugly yellow rags to wipe their cleats after they stomp Sh!tsburgh on national television.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

boss31, a lot of squealer fans get in, but they are sill a small number compared to how many Titan fans are there. I support my hometown team, not a team somewhere else.

By: boss31 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

If you call half the place waving TT a small number...whatever. I am glad you support your team TITAN1! Maybe yall will get a ring soon but I doubt it. Until then keep supporting. I even go and support your raggedy bunch when we play on Monday and Sunday nights!

By: BigPapa on 12/31/69 at 6:00

A bit early to make predictions. The season can turn on a dime. All it takes is a key injury and the team turns to dust. I don't see another 13-3 season this year.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Half of the place waving the dirty rag? LOL! You need to take the black and dirty yellow glasses off, they are making you color blind. It was not even 1/4 squealer fans. And what about that game?! I see another one just like it coming up on 9/10/09! The ONLY reason you got to the Super Bowl is because we had one of our worst games against the rat birds and your squealers did not have to face our Titans again. Nothing like living in Titan Town and being a diehard fan of the hometown Tennessee Titans!!

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

BP, you have not predicted a season better than 8 to 10 wins, so why would you start now?

By: jwk6179 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Since the Titans are playing twice on NBC this season (Hall of Fame Game and Thursday Night season opener), maybe CRYBABT FANS like Titan1 and NashBeck will find something else to cry about instead of the usual "WE don't get any respect" crap. And before Titan1 states "Why don't you move to where your favorite team is. I support the HOMETOWN team". I despised the Oilers when they were in Houston, so why should I be like the rest of the MINDLESS TITAN FANS and jump on the bandwagon of a team I never liked long before they uprooted to Nashville. That would be like stated I hate the Dodgers (which I do) but moving to LA and declaring myself a life long Dodgers fan.

By: house_of_pain on 12/31/69 at 6:00

jwk6179 is mighty bold while hiding behind her computer.Go change your panties, you're PMSing again.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

jw, what have I cried about? Also, show me where I said we get no respect?

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Why should I JUMP on the wagon? It is our HOMETOWN team, fool! If you don't like the Titans, why bother trolling? I was wondering which alter ego would show up.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Also troll, I respect other team's fans who live here, but not when they go on the local team's MB and trash the team or their fans. If I moved to Jacksonville, I would still be a Titans fan first but I would not trash the local team or their fans like you and your alter egos.

By: boss31 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

TITAN1...our point is just because we moved/grew up here (decades ago in my case) doesn't mean we automatically started supporting the Oilers/Titans. Many but not all Titans fans are annoying and still need some seasoning. I wanted the Steelerss to come back here and take care of business but yall fumbled it away. It all worked out anyways. Ring ceremony on 9/10/09. Watch and bow.

By: boss31 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

titan1...I do not trash the Titans! I support them, go to their interesting games and follow them just as much as I do "The Champs":)

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

boss31, I think the ones who come here to trash the Titans and their fans know who I was talking about.

By: boss31 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Fair enough...all spring/summer to wait for football again! Until then Channel 212 on DirecTV! :)

By: jwk6179 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

All last season, you cried that the NFL, the networks (CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, NFL NETWORK)and the Media (Tony Kornheiser, Boomer Esiason, Jim Nantz, Phil Sims, etc.) weren't showing the Titans the RESPECT they deserved. Another thing, this is the NASHVILLE CITY PAPER, not the Titans City Paper. Therefore, this is a MESSAGE BOARD OPEN TO ALL NASHVILLIANS. I've seen NOTHING that states this is the TITANS MESSAGE BOARD!!!I've been in Nashville LONG before the Titans moved here and I plan to be in Nashville LONG AFTER Bud Adams decides he needs a new stadium and threatens to move the Titans to Bosie, Idaho, Oklahoma City or Soiux Falls, SD if he doesn't get a NEW STADIUM.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

jw, go back and find where I complained and post it. I have lived here all my 53 years and love it that we now have our own team. Yes, this is the Nashville City Paper, but when you troll and trash the Titans articles, you are disrespecting the local team and their fans. My point is, if you support another team, great, just don't trash the local team in doing so.

By: house_of_pain on 12/31/69 at 6:00

jwk, I am a nashville native and an Oilers/Titans fan since 1976.You attacked our team and our fans.If you can't show a modicum of respect, p!ss off.

By: house_of_pain on 12/31/69 at 6:00

BTW, the sorry excuse for fans in that other city turned their backs on the Oilers.The dome was falling apart.Mr. Adams did the right thing.

By: jwk6179 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

The reason the city of Houston and the fans in Houston "TURNED THEIR BACK" on Bud Adams and the Oilers was because he had THREATENED SEVERAL TIMES to move his team to Jacksonville in 1987, San Antonio in 2000 and Memphis in the early 80's if he DIDN'T get certain concessions. He got those concessions and then stated he was never serious about moving the team. When he THREATENED to move the team to Nashville in 1995, the city of Houston CALLED HIS BLUFF. That is the reason he MOVED TO NASHVILLE. I know this for a fact because I have relatives in the Houston area and they have shown me newspaper clippings backing this up. If the city of Houston had not clled his bluff, the Oilers would still be in Houston and Nashville would not even be on the NFL map.

By: jwk6179 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Also, 90% of Houstonians were willing to let the Oilers go to another city IF IT MEANT NO MORE BUD ADAMS!! Bud Adams is not and has NEVER BEEN a beloved figure in Houston. In fact. most people in the Houston area DESPISED Bud Adams.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

jw, your bitterness towards the Titans and Titans fans really shows your jealousy of the Titans popularity. It really must suck to be you. Get over your bitterness and enjoy life.

By: house_of_pain on 12/31/69 at 6:00

"San Antonio in 2000"???Are you off your meds again?Your knowledge of football wouldn't fill a thimble.

By: jwk6179 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I meant 1990, D&^8$5s. When the Alamodome first opened, the city of San Antonio and Bud Adams flirted with moving the Oilers to San Antonio if he didn't get some upgrades to the Astrodome. I base my entries on FACT, not FICTION like you and Titan1 do. And I bet I have forgotten more about FOOTBALL than you and Titan1 ever knew combined.

By: jwk6179 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

And it must suck being Titan1 knowing the only pleasure he gets out of life is kissing the butts of anything Titan related.