Tennessee Titans 2021 NFL Schedule: Dates/Time, Team News, Predictions & Key Games
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The Tennessee Titans revealed their entire 2021 NFL schedule on Wednesday night, which will feature 17 games for the first time in league history, along with three preseason games.

In case you missed the schedule reveal, you can check out the complete slate with dates and times right here.

Tennessee will play in three prime-time games in 2021, including a “Monday Night Football contest against the Buffalo Bills in Week 6, a “Sunday Night Football” game versus the Los Angeles Rams in Week 9, and a “Thursday Night Football” matchup against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 16.

The Titans were on the fortunate end of the extra game this year, as it will come at home. On the downside, Tennessee will have a very late BYE, which comes in Week 13.

Tennessee opens the season at home against the Arizona Cardinals, while they will end the 2021 campaign in Houston against the Texans for the third straight season.

While a lot can change between now and the start of the season, we’re going to take a stab at a way-too-early record prediction for the Titans by projecting which games they will win or lose, along with a guess at the score for each contest. Take a look.

2021 NFL Tennessee Titans: Full Schedule

WEEK OPPONENT DATE TIME (ET) NETWORK

1

vs. Cardinals

Sept. 12

1 p.m.

CBS

2

at Seahawks

Sept. 19

4:25 p.m.

CBS

3

vs. Colts

Sept. 26

1 p.m.

CBS

4

at Jets

Oct. 3

1 p.m.

CBS

5

at Jaguars

Oct. 10

1 p.m.

CBS

6

vs. Bills (MNF)

Oct. 18

8:15 p.m.

ESPN

7

vs. Chiefs

Oct. 24

1 p.m.

CBS

8

at Colts

Oct. 31

1 p.m.

CBS

9

at Rams (SNF)

Nov. 7

8:20 p.m.

NBC

10

vs. Saints

Nov. 14

1 p.m.

CBS

11

vs. Texans

Nov. 21

1 p.m.

CBS

12

at Patriots

Nov. 28

1 p.m.

CBS

13

BYE WEEK

Dec. 5

14

vs. Jaguars

Dec. 12

1 p.m.

CBS

15

at Steelers

Dec. 19

1 p.m.

CBS

16

vs. 49ers (TNF)

Dec. 23

8:20 p.m.

NFLN

17

vs. Dolphins

Jan. 2

1 p.m.

CBS

18 at Texans Jan. 9 1 p.m. CBS

2021 NFL Tennessee Titans: Key Games

Week 1 vs. Arizona Cardinals: This will be the Titans' first time ever facing Kyler Murray. The Cardinals are also an intriguing team to watch this season with the additions of A.J. Green and J.J. Watt. Both of these teams are looking to make the leap into that tier of legitimate Super Bowl contenders, so this should be a nice test of strength.

Week 15 at Pittsburgh Steelers: The Titans started 5-0 last season before they ran into the Steelers in Week 7. Say what you want about Ben Roethlisberger, but the Steelers should again be a solid team and Tennessee is just 12-25 on the road against Pittsburgh.

Week 9 at Los Angeles Rams: Expectations are sky-high in Los Angeles after Sean McVay and Co. landed Matthew Stafford. This defense alone made the Rams one of the best teams in the NFC, and they should be even better in 2021. This could be an important matchup for the Titans.

2021 NFL Tennessee Titans: Predictions

Tennessee Titans 2021 NFL Schedule: Dates/Time, Team News, Predictions & Key Games
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Week 1 – vs. Arizona Cardinals

The 2020 version of the Titans might get blown out by the Arizona Cardinals, even at home. But it’s still asking a lot for a secondary with two rookie cornerbacks (Caleb Farley, Elijah Molden) to hang around with Arizona’s passing attack. Kyler Murray will buy time against Tennessee’s pedestrian pass rush and with the Cardinals’ defensive strength in the front seven, they’ll have the edge on both sides of the ball.

Tennessee Titans schedule prediction: Cardinals 34, Titans 27

Week 2 – @ Seattle Seahawks

There are going to be teams that the Titans simply can’t match up with. Seattle boasts an outstanding duo at wide receiver, a pairing that Tennessee’s secondary stands little chance of stopping. Fortunately, Seattle’s defense isn’t exactly a strength and that should take this game to the wire. But playing at Lumen Field, formerly CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks likely pull this one out.

Tennessee Titans schedule prediction: Seahawks 31, Titans 27

Week 3 – vs. Indianapolis Colts

The AFC South will almost certainly come down to the two head-to-head matchups between these two clubs. Both rosters are built a little differently, with each club having advantages at different spots. But playing at home with the superior quarterback, running back and receiver, we give the edge to the Titans.

Tennessee Titans schedule prediction: Titans 34, Colts 31

Week 4 – @ New York Jets

The New York Jets are starting to get back on track, but their defense is going to be awful. A 300-yard, multi-touchdown game from Tannehill and 100-yard performances from Brown and Henry seems like a very predictable outcome in this one.

Tennessee Titans schedule prediction: Titans 34, Jets 20

Week 5 – @ Jacksonville Jaguars

Playing in Jacksonville isn’t going to be the friendly experience it used to be. This team is generating more fan support and there will be more peaks for this franchise in 2021 than we’ve seen in recent years. But the Titans are years ahead of the Jaguars, leading to another double-digit victory.

Tennessee Titans schedule prediction: Titans 27, Jaguars 17

Week 6 – vs. Buffalo Bills

If you’re looking for a high-scoring affair, this season’s matchup between the Bills and Titans should deliver. Both teams don’t have an elite pass rush, which is dangerous against offenses like the ones they will each face. Playing in front of a big crowd might give Tennessee a boost, but the better team and top talent usually come out on top.

Tennessee Titans schedule prediction: Bills 38, Titans 34

Week 7 – vs. Kansas City Chiefs

The Titans have hung around in games with the Kansas City Chiefs before, but this is different. Even with Tennessee’s additions to the front seven, the moves Kansas City made to upgrade its offensive line are superior. Patrick Mahomes will have a clean pocket a lot more this season and in matchups like this one, he’ll dominate.

Tennessee Titans schedule prediction: Chiefs 38, Titans 21

Week 8 – @ Indianapolis Colts

It would be quite surprising, barring injury, if the Titans and Colts didn’t split their regular-season series. They are just two evenly-matched teams and that makes for entertaining football, especially when we get to watch some of the NFL’s top 100 players.

Tennessee Titans schedule prediction: Colts 27, Titans 16

Week 9 – @ Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams are going to be a different team with Matthew Stafford. Before his arrival, the defense was capable of winning games on its own and that became a theme of the 2020 season. With a Pro Bowl quarterback now leading this offense, the Rams are a Super Bowl contender and simply better than the Titans, reported CBS.

Tennessee Titans schedule prediction: Rams 23, Titans 13

Week 10 – vs. New Orleans Saints

New Orleans is entering a transition period, one that will result in flashes between a playoff contender and a five-win team. The loss of Drew Brees isn’t as concerning as this defense losing multiple starters and role players due to salary-cap woes. Fortunately for Tennessee, it is in a much better position this season and that should result in a convincing victory.

Tennessee Titans schedule prediction: Titans 27, Saints 17

Week 11 – vs. Houston Texans

It’s the biannual Derrick Henry game. Facing the worst team in the NFL, it would be a surprise if Tennessee’s All-Pro running back didn’t rush for 170-plus yards in this matchup. Houston has never shown the ability to stop him, with Henry averaging 6.09 yards per carry against this defense.

Tennessee Titans schedule prediction: Titans 31, Texans 10

Week 12 – @ New England Patriots

Bill Belichick is better than anyone at neutralizing his opponent’s best player. We didn’t see that as much in 2020, but he added the arsenal on defense to accomplish it in 2021. The Patriots will control time of possession, keep Derrick Henry off the field whenever possible and could do just enough to secure a home victory.

Tennessee Titans schedule prediction: Patriots 14, Titans 10

WEEK 13 BYE

Week 14 – vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

It’s going to take AFC South teams some time to adjust to the Jaguars having a good quarterback. Trevor Lawrence will exploit the mistakes Mike Vrabel’s defense makes, especially with an underrated receiving corps. But the Jaguars don’t have quite enough depth or overall talent on the roster to beat the Titans.

Tennessee Titans schedule prediction: Titans 28, Jaguars 20

Week 15 – @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Tennessee made some solid additions this offseason, both through the NFL Draft and via free agency. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh could be taking a step back on both sides of the ball. Tannehill and A.J. Brown will attack this secondary, Derrick Henry will take over in the fourth quarter and the Titans should secure a road win.

Tennessee Titans schedule prediction: Titans 34, Steelers 27

Week 16 – vs. San Francisco 49ers

It won’t be long before the San Francisco 49ers are a Super Bowl contender, but they aren’t quite there yet. Running the football won’t be easy against this defensive front, but A.J. Brown can help stretch the field to help make life a little easier for Henry. Ultimately, the Titans might have just enough talent to pull out a victory against a good, young team.

Tennessee Titans schedule prediction: Titans 21, 49ers 17

Week 17 – vs. Miami Dolphins

If Tua Tagovailoa makes the huge second-year leap, the Miami Dolphins are a Super Bowl contender. But he’ll likely still deal with bouts of inconsistency in 2021 and the Titans’ plan will center on running the football down the Dolphins’ throat. With the help of a healthy offensive line, Tennessee can pull out a victory, Sportsnauts cites.

Tennessee Titans schedule prediction: Titans 17, Dolphins 13

Week 18 – @ Houston Texans

Derrick Henry is counting down the days until he faces the Texans’ front seven. He makes 200-yard games look easy, perhaps they are when you face Houston. Something tells us this will be a game that makes fantasy football managers and Titans fans very happy.

Tennessee Titans schedule prediction: Titans 28, Texans 13

Tennessee Titans projected record: 10-7

Tennessee Titans 2021 NFL Schedule: Dates/Time, Team News, Predictions & Key Games
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2021 NFL Tennessee Titans: Toughest Matchup

Week: 7 | Date: Oct. 24 | Time: 1 p.m.

Opponent: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Anytime you face Patrick Mahomes you're in for a battle, but this matchup is a bit interesting. The second-to-last regular-season loss Mahomes suffered was actually against the Titans in Nashville in November 2019, as Joshua Kalu blocked a last-second, 53-yard field goal to secure a three-point victory for the Titans. The Chiefs don't lose much, so they remember that game well.

How to Watch Tennessee Titans Games Live

It is possible to watch Tennessee Titans games live online or on TV without an expensive Cable TV package. Usually, these games are on CBS, but that may change depending on schedule, type of game, or national interest.

Use a TV antenna to watch the games on your TV

If the game is on either CBS, NBC, FOX, or ABC, you can likely watch it live free if you have an inexpensive device called a digital TV antenna. A TV antenna allows you to watch your local broadcast channels for free once you've bought the antenna. This however requires your home to be within range of the local station that is carrying the game.

Use official NFL apps to stream games online

While using an over-the-air TV antenna is still the best way to freely watch most NFL games, if the Indianapolis Colts game is on ESPN, NFL Network or is blacked out for attendance reasons, you can still watch it, albeit with a little bit of work involved.

If you are looking to stream NFL games online using one of their official apps, you have a few options:

NFL Gamepass - NFL Gamepass allows you to stream any NFL game after the live game has ended. This will be your cheapest and easiest option, but obviously you won't be able to watch the games live. There is a free trial available.

NFL Sunday Ticket - NFL Sunday Ticket will allow you to live stream NFL games from any device, but the catch is that you can only watch out-of-market games. This means if you live in the market you are trying to watch the game for, you'll need to mask your location with a VPN (see below).

Removing Local Blackout Restrictions

If the NFL attempts to blackout live streaming of Indianapolis Colts games due to you being within the their home viewing area, use a VPN to get around it.

By using a VPN, or virtual private network, your home's exact location is masked. Teams then cannot determine if you are within their blackout "range", thus allowing you to watch whatever sports team you want.

Our favorite VPN service — and one of the most respected — is NordVPN. I recently switched to NordVPN, which is the most trusted VPN service anywhere. I can vouch that they work for this exact use-case because I've done it.

A VPN hides where you actually are on the internet. After purchasing their service, you get an IP address that is registered from some far-away place (think Germany, Italy or Seattle), and that IP is either entered into your home internet router or via their downloaded "VPN app" on whatever device you plan on watching sports on (phone, TV, tablet, etc). This IP address acts as a disguise to the various major sports teams that attempt to "blackout" their streaming services for those of us that can simply watch it on our TVs or computers, No Cable cites.

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