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8-0 Titans face tough road stretch

November 4, 2008

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— The Tennessee Titans now get to see how their undefeated record plays on the road.

Off to an 8-0 start for the first time in franchise history, the Titans hit the road for five of their final eight games, starting Sunday with a trip to Chicago. Then they are at Jacksonville, a two-game stretch that is their longest away from home this season. Tennessee pops back home to host the New York Jets on Nov. 23, followed by a visit to Detroit on Thanksgiving.

And the Titans understand that the road only gets tougher as long as they remain the NFL's last unbeaten team.

"We realize each and every week from here on out, we're going to get each team's best shot," linebacker David Thornton said Monday. "Clearly, the Packers gave us a big punch. We felt it, but we survived it and we realize the Bears are going to do the same thing."

The Titans needed overtime before downing Green Bay 19-16 on Sunday six days after routing Indianapolis, but they have taken strong advantage of a schedule keeping them at home for five games so far. The New York Giants (7-1) and Carolina Panthers (6-2) are the NFL's only other teams to go 5-0 at home this season.

Tennessee had consecutive road games in October, but a bye week broke up the trips to Baltimore and Kansas City.

Coach Jeff Fisher said his Titans are comfortable away from home.

"They understand how to play on the road and how to take a professional approach. I'm not concerned about it. Obviously, five out of our next eight are on the road, so we've got a big challenge ahead of us from that standpoint, and it'll be a couple weeks before we come back. But we're going to play two good teams, starting with this one in Chicago," he said.

Under Fisher, the Titans have been very good on the road. Only the New England Patriots (63-44) are better on the road since 1995. Tennessee is tied with Indianapolis and Green Bay with a 58-49 record for second in that time. Fisher is 47-2 when taking a lead into the fourth quarter, trailing only Vince Lombardi who was 38-1-1.

This team has won five straight on the road as part of an NFL-best 11-game winning streak in the regular season, which matches the franchise record set by the 1993 Houston Oilers.

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