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Titans open on road at Steelers

The Tennessee Titans have their first two games on the road for the 2013 season, starting with the Sept. 8 opener at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The next week the Titans travel to Houston to face their AFC South rival, the Texans.

Tennessee does not come home until Sept. 22 against the San Diego Chargers.

“It is always an exciting time when the schedule is released – to finally see how the games fall and be able to focus on those first few teams,” Titans coach Mike Munchak said. “Opening in Pittsburgh is a special atmosphere and obviously a very familiar rival through the years.”

Munchak said that opening with two games on the road will be tough for a rebuilding Titans team.

“The schedule this season has an interesting structure. 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,” Munchak said. “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.”

The game against the Chargers is the first of three straight home games with the New York Jets (Sept. 29) and Kansas City Chiefs (Oct. 6) to follow. The NFC champion San Francisco 49ers visit LP Field on Oct. 20.

The Titans have a home primetime game on Thursday, Nov. 14 against the rival Indianapolis Colts, four days after another AFC South clash with Jacksonville on Nov. 10.

“I am happy that we received a home primetime game to showcase our team, our city and our fans to a national audience,” he said.

The Titans have home games in December against Arizona on Dec. 15 and Houston to close the regular season on Dec. 29.

Other road games include an Oct. 13 trip to Seattle, a reunion with Jeff Fisher when the Titans visit the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 3.

Tennessee has three straight road games on the schedule, heading to Oakland (Nov. 24), Indianapolis (Dec. 1) and Denver (Dec. 8). The final road game is Dec. 22 at Jacksonville.

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