Tennessee Titans schedule 2024: Aaron Rodgers, Caleb Williams, Joe Burrow, oh my

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The Tennessee Titans’ 2024 season will be one of self-discovery, a 17-game search for the answer to this question above all others: Is Will Levis the guy?

That will be about what Levis does, each week and each weekend, and it will be easier to address if he gets dynamic receiver play (likely, with Calvin Ridley and Tyler Boyd joining DeAndre Hopkins) and a massive upgrade in pass protection (possible, with No. 7 pick JC Latham in at left tackle and being developed by line coach Bill Callahan). But he will also be compared each week against a fascinating array of counterparts.

Find the boring quarterback on Tennessee’s schedule. You’ll come up empty. It starts right away with a trip to Chicago and the introduction of Caleb Williams – the most-anticipated QB debut in this league since Trevor Lawrence and Urban Meyer launched their intended takeover of the NFL in 2021. Then Aaron Rodgers and the Jets come to Nashville.

It’s all greats (Joe Burrow, Josh Allen), gigantically paid goods (Jared Goff), young elite hopefuls (Lawrence, CJ Stroud, Justin Herbert, Tua Tagovailoa, Anthony Richardson, Jordan Love) or rookie first-rounders (Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels, JJ McCarthy) from there. That’ll spice up the conversation as first-year coach Brian Callahan finds out what he has in 2023 second-round pick Levis.

Also, though the Titans’ last-place schedule is tied with the Indianapolis Colts for 21st in opponent winning percentage from last season (.491), things could get sticky if the Titans don’t find enough pass rush. Rodgers and Burrow were hurt and technically played a combined 11 games last season (10 for Burrow, four plays for Rodgers), and this is not a great time to be matched up with the NFC North.

McCarthy and the Vikings may be the only break there. Though the season opener could turn out to be just about anything. Here’s more on the Titans’ 2024 schedule:

Titans’ 2024 schedule


Week 1

Sept. 8

1 p.m.

Week 2

Sept. 15

1 p.m.

Week 3

Sept. 22

1 p.m.

Week 4

Sept. 30

7:30 p.m.

Week 5


Week 6

Oct. 13

1 p.m.

Week 7

Oct. 20

1 p.m.

Week 8

Oct. 27

1 p.m.

Week 9

Nov. 3

1 p.m.

Week 10

Nov. 10

4:05 p.m.

Week 11

Nov. 17

1 p.m.

Week 12

Nov. 24

1 p.m.

Week 13

Dec. 1

1 p.m.

Week 14

Dec. 8

1 p.m.

Week 15

Dec. 15

1 p.m.

Week 16

Dec. 22

1 p.m.

Week 17

Dec. 29

1 p.m.

Week 18

Jan. 4 or 5


Week 1 keys to victory

Dennard Wilson’s defense, which is obviously a descendant of Mike Macdonald’s flexible, versatile, aggressive-but-not-too-aggressive scheme that is spreading through the league, must come right out and establish itself against a rookie quarterback. The Titans upgraded dramatically at cornerback, and they get tough matchups right away. To help Levis, the Titans need to get some production from the tandem of Tyjae Spears and Tony Pollard – in the first taste of life after Derrick Henry for the Titans – against the team that led the NFL in rush defense in 2023.

Must-watch game: vs. Bengals, Week 15

Brian Callahan gets a visit from mentor Zac Taylor and prized pupil Burrow, marking the fourth meeting between these teams since 2020. The Bengals won three of those, but only averaged 14 points per game in the past three meetings against the defenses of Callahan’s Nashville predecessor, Mike Vrabel. A banged-up Burrow could only muster a field goal last season at Nissan Stadium. He and Callahan prevailed in the biggest of those games, in January of 2022 in the divisional round of the playoffs, despite the Titans sacking Burrow nine times. Ryan Tannehill’s three interceptions that day started the process that saw Levis replace him last season.

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Toughest stretch: Weeks 2-4

The toughest back-to-back assignment is the Bills and Lions on the road in Weeks 7 and 8, but the Titans jump right into a rough patch after the opener in Chicago. Rodgers’ current and former team both could be formidable this season, with Rodgers healthy and joining a fierce defense and retooled offense, and with Love hoping to build on his breakout 2023. Those are difficult assignments at home, followed by another Monday night in Miami — and the Dolphins surely haven’t forgotten the Titans’ theft of their meeting last season.

Game that has gotten tougher: vs. Patriots, Week 9

It’s still one of the easiest on the schedule, but had the Patriots decided to focus on infrastructure for a quarterback rather than actually selecting a quarterback, this would be less of a wild card. As it is, No. 3 pick Maye brings a ton of talent and hope with him to the Pats, and by the time he comes to Nashville, he will have some valuable experience logged. This also marks a homecoming for former Tennessee Volunteers star Jerod Mayo.

One game the Titans can’t afford to lose: vs. Colts, Week 6

It wasn’t long ago that these were the two teams at the top of the AFC South, battling it out while the Jags and Texans tried to out-embarrass each other on Sundays. Now these are the lesser two teams on paper, and if the Titans want any chance at the postseason, they probably need to sweep the Colts. They certainly can’t lose to them at home. This season will feature the first look at former SEC rivals Levis and Richardson going head to head in the NFL.

Best offense the Titans will face: at Lions, Week 8

Goff is far from the best or most interesting quarterback on the schedule, though he trails only Burrow in terms of pay. He also mans the controls of a nightmare of an offense to face, from OC Ben Johnson to the Penei Sewell-led offensive line to two terrific and complementary backs to the pass catchers. Amon-Ra St. Brown is the star, but is Jameson Williams about to bust out for the Lions?

Best defense the Titans will face: at Texans and Texans (Weeks 12 and 18)

Two members of that defense, Denico Autry and Azeez Al-Shaair, left the Titans to join the Texans. Autry’s departure is especially tough. And he will be part of a defense featuring Will Anderson and Derek Stingley, with corner help and Danielle Hunter added as well. All playing for DeMeco Ryans. That gives the Texans the slight nod over the Jets.

Predicted record: 8-9

Nine road games – a year after the Titans lost a home game to go lose to the Ravens in London – doesn’t help. Nor does the aforementioned pairing with the AFC North. The opener is going to be critical for this team, followed as it is by a tough stretch. Expect the Titans to improve and still suffer a third straight losing season.

Predicted AFC South finish: Tied for third

It’s hard to break the tie with the Colts, right down to their matching schedule strengths. This also helps confirm the rise of the AFC South, if the worst record in the division is 8-9. If Levis takes a sizeable leap this season, the Titans can push for a wildcard spot. Same goes for Richardson and the Colts.

(Photo of Will Levis: Cooper Neill / Getty Images)

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