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NFL Week 1 Preview: Tennessee Titans (0-0) at New Orleans Saints (0-0)

STADIUM: Caesars Superdome
REFEREE: Ron Torbert

DATE: Sunday, September 10, 2023
GAME TIME: 1:00 PM ET
CBS: Chris Lewis, Jason McCourty, Ross Tucker, Amanda Guerra
SiriusXM (also available on the SXM App) TEN: 98 or 389 NO: 99 or 231

ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY
REG. SEASON: TEN leads series, 9-6-1 (won 2 of past 3)
POSTSEASON: —

THE LAST TIME …
REG. SEASON: 11/14/21: NO 21 at TEN 23
POSTSEASON: —

HEAD COACHES:

Mike Vrabel vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 1-1 Reg. Season: 48-34 (.585) Postseason: 2-3 (.400)

Dennis Allen vs. Opponent (incl. postseason): 0-1 Reg. Season: 15-38 (.283) Postseason: 0-0

TENNESSEE TITANS NOTES:

  • QB RYAN TANNEHILL had 2,536 pass yards & 15 TDs (13 pass, 2 rush) vs. 6 INTs with 94.6 rating in 12 starts last season. Has 5 TDs (4 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs with 119.8 rating in his past 2 starts vs. NO. Aims for his 7th in row vs. NFC with 95+ rating.
  • RB DERRICK HENRY ranked 2nd in NFL with 1,936 scrimmage yards & 1,538 rush yards in 2022 & ranked tied-2nd with 13 rush TDs, becoming 5th player all-time with 10+ rush TDs in 5 straight seasons. Had 125+ scrimmage yards in each of final 4 games of season. Leads active players with 8,335 rush yards & 78 rush TDs.
  • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS makes Ten. debut after spending past 3 seasons (2020-22) with Az. Had 64 catches for 717 yards in 9 games in 2022. Has 853 career catches, 4th-most ever by player in 1st 10 career seasons. Leads active players in catches & rec. yards (11,298). Has 100+ rec. yards in each of his last 2 games vs. NO. WR TREYLON BURKS ranked 4th among AFC rookie WRs with 444 rec. yards last season.
  • TE CHIG OKONKWO led all rookies TEs with 450 rec. yards in 2022 & ranked tied-1st with 3 rec. TDs.
  • S KEVIN BYARD was 1 of 3 in NFL with 100+ tackles (106) & 4+ INTs (4) last season. Is only player with 4+ INTs in 5 of past 6 seasons. Had 5 tackles & PD in last meeting.
  • CB SEAN MURPHY-BUNTING makes Ten. debut after 4-year career (2019-22) with TB. Has 2 career INTs vs. NO, incl. postseason.
  • LB HAROLD LANDRY had career-high 12 sacks in 2021 prior to missing 2022 season due to injury. Had sack in last meeting.
  • DE DENICO AUTRY led team with 8 sacks in 2022, 3rd-straight season with 7+ sacks.
  • DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had 2nd-straight season with 7+ sacks (7.5) in 2022.Had 2 sacks & PD in last meeting.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS:

  • QB DEREK CARR makes NO debut. Has 35,222 pass yards & 217 TD passes in 142 career starts. Is 1 of 3 in NFL history with 3,000+ pass yards in each of 1st 9 career seasons. Has 10 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 102 rating in 5 career starts vs. Ten.
  • TE TAYSOM HILL had career-high 575 rush yards, career-high tying 9 scrimmage TDs (7 rush, 2 rec.) & 2 TD passes in 2022.
  • RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS led NFL with career-high 17 rush TDs & had career-high 1,066 rush yards in 2022 with Det.
  • WR CHRIS OLAVE ranked 2nd among rookies in rec. yards (1,042) & tied-2nd in receptions (72) last season. Had 50+ rec. yards in each of his 8 home games last season & led rookies with 12 games of 50+ rec. yards, tied-3rd most such games by rookie ever.
  • WR MICHAEL THOMAS has 526 receptions for 6,121 yards & 35 TDs in 73 career games. Is 1 of 3 active WRs (Ja’Marr Chase & Justin Jefferson) with career average of 80+ rec. yards per game (83.8, min. 25 games).
  • TE JUWAN JOHNSON had career-high 7 rec. TDs last season.
  • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 8.5 sacks in 2022 & became 6th player since 1982 with 7+ sacks in 11 consec. seasons. Ranks 2nd among active players in sacks (115.5) & 4th in TFL (150).
  • DT BRYAN BRESEE was selected in 1st round (No. 29 overall) in 2023 NFL Draft.
  • LB DEMARIO DAVIS is only player with 100+ tackles & 10+ TFL n each of past 6 seasons & 1 of 3 LBs with 5+ PD in each of past 4 seasons. Had career-high 6.5 sacks in 2022.
  • CB MARSHON LATTIMORE has 78 PD & 14 INTs in 80 career games, tied 3rd-most PD in NFL since 2017.
  • S TYRANN MATHIEU had career-high 91 tackles, 8 PD & 3 INTs
    in 2022 & is 1 of 4 with 3+ INTs in each of past 4 seasons.

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