It is official. With the NFL approving a 17th regular-season game, the Tennessee Titans will have an additional home game for the 2021 season, hosting the New Orleans Saints.
The NFL schedule has not yet been released, but the additional game for the Titans is set up to be an inter-conference game with teams from the AFC South taking on a team from the NFC South depending upon their regular-season finish in 2020. Both the Titans and Saints were division winners last season, marking the head-to-head meeting between the two at a date to be determined in the coming weeks when the schedule is released.
New Orleans will have a different look for the coming season as long-time franchise quarterback Drew Brees recently announced his retirement. The Saints have Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill vying to be their new starting quarterback this season.
By adding the 17th week to the regular season, the NFL will reduce preseason games to just three beginning in 2021.
In addition to the Saints, the Titans will have their customary home games in 2021 against division rivals, the Texans, Colts and Jaguars. The Titans are also scheduled to host the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins from the AFC East and the Kansas City Chiefs from the AFC West. Tennessee also has home games against the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals.
The Titans will play road games at their division rivals in Houston, Indianapolis and Jacksonville. The Titans will also travel to face the New England Patriots and New York Jets as well as the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks.