Dec 17, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans cornerback Jason McCourty (30) celebrates with safety Tracy Wilson (35) and cornerback Alterraun Verner (20) after intercepting a pass against the New York Jets at LP Field. The Titans defeated the Jet 14-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Titans call game against Steelers a “must-win”


Last season the Tennessee Titans were blown out by the New England Patriots in the season opener. That led to a 6-10 season and a franchise record for points allowed in 2012. The Titans don’t want that to happen again and the task of winning the season opener didn’t get any easier with a match up in Heinz Field against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I almost want to say it is a must-win for us,” cornerback Alterraun Verner said. “If we want to take that step and be contenders, we need to win.”

Other Titans are less pessimistic and more optimistic about the new look Titans.

“This is the most excited I’ve been as a Titan,” fifth-year cornerback Jason McCourty said. “We’ve made a ton of moves and have some really talented players, better leadership. Everyone is excited.”

“We are a different team now. We’ll find out what we’re all about before we come home,” head coach Mike Munchak said.

The Tennessee Titans haven’t been to the playoffs since 2008 and are looking to return, starting with a win. The road doesn’t get any easier for the Titans though, after the Steelers game they travel to Texas to take on the defending AFC South Champions, the Houston Texans.

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