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Game Preview: Patriots at Titans

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-0) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (1-0)
Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. ET. Nissan Stadium (69,143).

The New England Patriots will be on the road for the second consecutive week and will conduct joint practices with their preseason opponent. Last week the Patriots conducted three practices with the Detroit Lions prior to the 2019 preseason opener at Ford Field, a 31-3 New England win.

The Patriots will travel to Tennessee on Tuesday and practice with the Titans at their facility on Wednesday and Thursday prior to the game on Saturday night. The team has never held two sets of joint practices on the road under Bill Belichick.

SERIES HISTORY

The New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans (formerly the Houston Oilers) will square off in the preseason for the first time since 2007 and for the seventh time in the teams’ preseason series. The Titans are one of just four NFL teams that the Patriots have faced in the preseason (0-6) but have never defeated (also Baltimore, 0-1; Houston, 0-1 and Indianapolis, 0-2).

The teams have played 43 times in regular season and postseason play since the two charter members of the American Football League began play in 1960. The Patriots and Oilers played twice each year from 1960-1969 in the AFL, and have played 23 times since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. In those 23 post-merger games, the Patriots have a 15-8 record, including a 2-1 mark in playoff games.

New England leads the overall regular season and postseason series, 25-16-1, and own a 13-4 record against the Titans franchise since 1981. The last game between the clubs came last season when the Patriots traveled to Tennessee and lost 34-10 on Nov. 11, 2018.

TALE OF THE TAPE

Table inside Article
2018 REGULAR SEASON NEW ENGLAND TENNESSEE
Record 11-5 9-7
Divisional Standings 1st 3rd
Total Yards Gained 6,295 4,998
Total Offense (Rank) 393.4 (5) 312.4 (25)
Rush Offense 127.3 (5) 126.4 (7)
Pass Offense 266.1 (8) 185.9 (29)
Points Per Game 27.3 (4) 19.4 (27)
Total Yards Allowed 5,746 5,334
Total Defense 359.1 (21) 333.4 (8)
Rush Defense 112.7 (11) 116.4 (18)
Pass Defense 246.4 (22) 216.9 (6)
Points Allowed/Game 20.3 (7) 18.9 (3)
Possession Avg. 31:05 29:28
Sacks Allowed/Yards Lost 21/147 47/280
Sacks Made / Yards 30/238 39/248
Passing TD/Int (off.) 29/11 16/12
Passing TD/Int (def.) 29/18 21/11
Total Touchdowns 51 34
Penalties Against/Yards 93/744 82/727
Punts/Avg. 64/45.1 75/46.4
Field Goals Made/Att. 27/32 26/30
Takeaway/Giveaway Ratio +10 (5) -1 (21)

BROADCAST INFORMATION

TELEVISION: This week's game will be broadcast by the Patriots Preseason Television Network and can be seen in every New England state, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. The preseason network's flagship station is WBZ-TV CBS in Boston. Bob Socci provides the play-by-play and is joined by former Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak in the broadcast booth. Former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich will provide sideline analysis along with WBZ's Steve Burton.

PATRIOTS PRESEASON TELEVISION NETWORK

Massachusetts
Boston, Mass. WBZ-TV Ch. 4
Springfield, Mass. WWLP-TV Ch. 22

Connecticut
New Haven, Conn. WTNH-TV Ch. 8

Maine
Portland, Maine WMTW-TV Ch. 8
Bangor, Maine WVII-TV Ch. 7

New Hampshire
Manchester, N.H. WMUR-TV Ch. 9

Rhode Island
Providence, R.I. WPRI-TV Ch. 12

Vermont
Burlington, Vt. WCAX-TV Ch. 3

Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska KYUR-TV Ch. 13
Fairbanks, Alaska KATN-TV Ch. 2
Juneau, Alaska KJUD-TV Ch. 8

Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii KFVE-TV Ch. 5

RADIO: 98.5 FM, The Sports Hub, is the flagship station for the Patriots Radio Network. A complete listing of the network’s 38 stations can be found here. Play-by-play broadcaster Dan Roche will call the action along with former Patriots linebacker Matt Chatham, who will provide color analysis. The games are produced by Marc Cappello.

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