Tennessee Titans Performance In Primetime Games
After last Thursday night’s big win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, I wondered aloud how the Titans usually fare in primetime games. The Titans haven’t gotten many opportunities in the national spotlight over the past few years/decades, but I thought it would be interesting to see how they perform when they’re on national TV.
It’s tough to trace back as far as the early Houston Oilers days, so I decided to start my research when the Oilers became the Titans in 1999 (no playoff games included). Note that these are Sunday and Monday night games with one Thanksgiving game sprinkled in.
|2016||W 36-22 vs. Jaguars||2007||L 20-34 @ Broncos|
|2015||L 13-19 @ Jaguars||2007||W 31-14 @ Saints|
|2014||L 13-21 @ Jaguars||2004||L 16-37 vs. Broncos|
|2014||L 24-27 vs. Steelers||2004||L 38-49 vs. Chiefs|
|2013||L 27-30 vs. Colts||2004||W 48-27 @ Packers|
|2012||W 14-10 vs. Jets||2003||L 17-24 @ Jets|
|2012||W 26-23 vs. Steelers||2003||W 25-20 vs. Raiders|
|2010||L 28-30 vs. Colts||2002||W 24-7 vs. Patriots|
|2010||W 30-3 @ Jaguars||2001||W 13-10 @ Raiders|
|2009||L 17-42 vs. Chargers||2001||L 10-16 vs. Ravens|
|2009||W 20-17 @ Texans||2001||L 34-7 @ Steelers|
|2009||L 9-31 vs. Colts||2001||L 23-31 vs. Dolphins|
|2009||L 10-13 @ Steelers||2000||W 31-0 vs. Cowboys|
|2008||W 47-10 @ Lions||2000||W 27-21 @ Redskins|
|2008||W 31-21 vs. Colts||2000||W 27-13 vs. Jaguars|
|2007||W 16-10 @ Colts||2000||L 13-16 @ Bills|
|1999||W 10-3 vs. Raiders|
The Titans overall record in primetime: 17-16. Not all that bad considering the amount of primetime games we used to get and the quality of opponents that we used to go up against. But long gone are the days of “the Titans are on national TV, it’s a must watch.”
Looking through that schedule and thinking back on some of those games makes me kind of sad and nostalgic. The Titans used to be damn good, and watching them in primetime was one of the best feelings in the world. Over the past few years, we’ve been demoted to Thursday night “showdowns” against the Jags. Going through the Titans schedules of the past, I came across many playoff games. I long for the days when the Titans get back to the playoffs. I really hope we get there soon.