The rest of the AFC will have to wait until the regular season in order to get a first-hand look at whatever changes first-year coach Mike Munchak has made to the way the Tennessee Titans do things.
Now into the second month of the owners’ lockout of players, the National Football League office went ahead and released the basics of the preseason matchups Tuesday. Specific dates were not announced.
The Titans will face four NFC opponents — Minnesota and Chicago at home, St. Louis and New Orleans on the road.
They will open against Minnesota on the weekend of Aug. 11-14. The following weekend they will go to St. Louis, then back home for Chicago and finally to New Orleans. The game against the Saints will be on Sept. 1 or 2.
The league expects to settle on official dates and times sometime in the next month.
It is the second straight year Tennessee’s preseason schedule has been limited to all NFC opponents. Last season it was 2-2 against Seattle, Arizona, Carolina and New Orleans. Before that, the last time in happened was 2005.