The Tennessee Titans will road test their 2013 roster before they give local fans an in-person glance.
The 2013 schedule, released by the NFL on Thursday evening, starts with road games at Pittsburgh and Houston.
It is the first time since the franchise relocated from Houston that the first two contests are away from home. The last time was 1994 and the then-Houston Oilers lost both and finished 2-14.
The home-opener is Sept. 22 against San Diego and starts a run of three in a row at LP Field. The last time the team had three straight home games was 2011, and it lost two of those three.
Tennessee was not included in either the Sunday or Monday Night Football packages but was given a prime-time Thursday contest Nov. 14 at home against Indianapolis.
Four of the final six games will be on the road, including trips to Oakland and Denver.
“The schedule this season has an interesting structure,” coach Mike Munchak said in a statement released by the team. “Two games on the road is a tough way to open for us and our fans, but that is balanced out with three in a row at home. It is the runs away from home at the end of the preseason and into the regular season and then the stretch near the end of the season that jumped out at me initially, but you can always find pluses and minuses in any schedule.
“I am happy that we received a home primetime game to showcase our team, our city and our fans to a national audience.”
A closer look at the Titans’ 2013 schedule:
• Sept. 8 at Pittsburgh, noon (CBS) – This will be the sixth straight year these teams have played. Last season’s 26-23 victory was the first time in that stretch both teams scored at least 20 points.
• Sept. 15 at Houston, noon (CBS) – Five of the 11 all-time meetings at Reliant Stadium have been decided by three points or fewer.
• Sept. 22 vs. San Diego, noon (CBS) – The Titans are 0-3 in Tennessee (one game at Vanderbilt Stadium, two at LP Field) against the Chargers and have scored no more than 17 points in those games.
• Sept. 29 vs. N.Y. Jets, 3:05 p.m. (CBS) – In seven meetings since the franchise relocated from Houston, Tennessee never has scored more than 17 points. The Titans are 2-5 in those games.
• Oct. 6 vs. Kansas City, noon (CBS) – This will be the third straight year the Titans face the team that had the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
• Oct. 13 at Seattle, 3:05 p.m. (CBS) – The last trip there was a 17-13 victory during which Chris Johnson became the first player in franchise history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a season.
• Oct. 20 vs. San Francisco, 3:05 p.m. (Fox) – Under the current scheduling format Tennessee is 2-0 against the 49ers with victories in 2005 (33-22) and 2009 (34-27).
• Oct. 27 Bye
• Nov. 3 at St. Louis, noon (CBS) – A circle-the-date contest because it will be the first against Jeff Fisher, the franchise’s winningest coach.
• Nov. 10 vs. Jacksonville, noon (CBS) – The Titans have scored 30 or more in three of their last four victories in the series, including a 38-20 triumph in the final game of 2012.
• Nov. 14 vs. Indianapolis, 7:25 p.m. (NFL Network) – Last season’s 19-16 overtime defeat was the first time since Dec. 30, 2007 (eight games) both teams finished with fewer than 20 points.
• Nov. 24 at Oakland, 3:05 p.m. (CBS) – In their last three trips to Oakland the Titans have allowed 52, 41 and 40 points, respectively.
• Dec. 1 at Indianapolis, noon (CBS) – Tennessee’s 23 points last season – a 27-23 defeat – were the most it has scored at Lucas Oil Stadium, where it is winless (0-5).
• Dec. 8 at Denver, 3:05 p.m. (CBS) – Tennessee has lost its last five and allowed more than 20 points in six straight against Peyton Manning.
• Dec. 15 vs. Arizona, noon (Fox) – The last time the Cardinals came to town, Vince Young led a 99-yard, game-winning touchdown drive capped by Kenny Britt’s 10-yard touchdown reception as time expired.
• Dec. 22 at Jacksonville, noon (CBS) – Three times the Titans have lost at Jacksonville in consecutive years, including 2011 (16-14) and 2012 (24-19). They never have lost three in a row.
• Dec. 29 vs. Houston, (CBS) – The Texans have won three of the last four at LP Field, including a 41-7 rout in 2011.