Titans' 2010 preseason starts where 2009 regular season ended

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 2:15pm

The Tennessee Titans will pick up this summer right where they left off in January.

They will begin the 2010 preseason with a trip to Seattle the weekend of Aug. 12-15. Before the start of the regular season, they also will face the last two NFC champions, including the reigning Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

Tennessee ended the 2009 season with a 17-13 victory over the Seahawks on Jan. 3 in Seattle, a game in which running back Chris Johnson topped 2,000 yards for the season and the Titans became the first NFL team ever to finish with a .500 record after having opened with six straight defeats.

For the Seahawks, it will be the first game action under new coach Pete Carroll.

“We played well and we achieved some milestones there, so it will be good to go back,” Titans’ coach Jeff Fisher said. “The challenge for our players is that we’ll be playing a team with a new coach, a new staff and new systems so there won’t be any familiarity in terms of what (the Seahawks) are doing.”

The National Football League released the rundown of preseason opponents for all of the league’s 32 teams Wednesday. The exact dates and times for all contests will be set at a later date.

Only one date is set for Tennessee’s four preseason games. That is the Aug. 23 game against Arizona, the 2009 NFC champion, at LP Field. That game is part of ESPN’s Monday Night Football schedule, one of 11 nationally televised preseason contests.

The Titans might have as few as three days after they play the Cardinals before they will travel to Carolina to face the Panthers (Aug. 26-29). They will conclude the preseason at home against New Orleans (Sept. 2 or 3).

None of those teams are among Tennessee’s regular-season opponents.

“(Playing the Super Bowl champion) is always a great challenge,” Fisher said. “Regardless of how they approach that last preseason game, (the Saints) have a deep team so even if they don’t play their starters much, we’ll be facing good players.”

The league office will release the regular season schedule within the next two weeks.

Tickets for the Titans’ games (regular season and preseason) will go on sale in July.