The Tennessee Titans are approaching rarified air in one NFL statistic they would just as soon forget.
Following Sunday’s 24-21 loss to the visiting Oakland Raiders The loss was the eleventh consecutive home loss for the Titans, tying them for third place on the all-time list of consecutive home defeats.
The record for the most consecutive losses at home stands at 14 set by the 1988-89 Dallas Cowboys.
Ironically the Titans organization holds the second longest home losing streak as the 1972-73 Houston Oilers surrendered 13 consecutive home losses in the Astrodome.
The 1961-62 Oakland Raiders, the 1961-62 Los Angeles Rams and the 1998-99 Cincinnati Bengals also lost 11 consecutive home games to tie the Titans for third place.
Players were aware of the streak last week and have begun to become testy about the subject.
Linebacker Brian Orakpo was asked about the streak following Sunday’s loss.
“I got nothing to say about it,” said Orakpo. “We just have to win.”
In fairness to Orakpo, he has only been a part of six of those games as five came last season when he was still a member of the Washington Redskins.
Several other players were likewise upset and had no comment concerning the streak.
“Yeah we know, and nobody thinks it’s funny,” said Delanie Walker. “It sucks and I’m tired of it.”
The Titans will face the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday when they will have a chance to end the streak versus a team that defeated them in come from behind fashion just two weeks ago. Ironically it was the Jaguars who last lost to the Titans in Nashville last season when Titans defensive tackle Sammie Hill blocked a last second field goal to preserve a 16-14 Titan win.
The Titans also have a home game left against the Houston Texans on December 27, which would also provide a chance to end the streak should it reach twelve games.
Perhaps the best news though is the fact that the Titans cannot tie, or break the record this season. They will have another offseason of free-agency and another draft class to help improve the team before they could possibly tie the record in 2016.