Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 9/4/13
The Tennessee Titans know only too well the importance of starting the season on a winning note. The Titans remember how their 1-4 start a year ago put them into a hole they never dug out from en route to a 6-10 record. The challenge is a schedule that has Tennessee opening on the road Sunday at Pittsburgh followed by a trip to Houston. They finally play at home Sept. 22 against San Diego. Cornerback Alterraun Verner said the Titans can't afford to start 0-2, 0-3 or 0-4. ''This is a very big game,'' Verner said. ''I almost want to say it's a must-win for the first game of the season. I think it's a must-win for us to take that step to try to compete and try to be contenders through the end of the year.'' The Titans believe the difference will be an infusion of experience and talent with 20 new players, 13 of those free agents. They also know what it might mean for coach Mike Munchak in his third season if they don't win games early. ''Our backs are against the wall,'' safety Mi...
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