Titans have won eight straight at home

Updated: November 6, 2003, 7:59 PM ET
ESPN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Titans are playing their home games as though it was 1999 again.

The team that christened its new stadium by winning an NFL record 12 consecutive games now has won eight straight at home dating back to Oct. 13, 2002 -- not counting a playoff victory last January.

"It feels like '99 and 2000 when we come out the tunnel here, and the crowd has been great," cornerback Samari Rolle said.

The Titans are 27-8 at The Coliseum, which ties them for second with St. Louis for the most home victories since 1999. The Green Bay Packers are only one victory better at 28-7.

Fans who have sold out the stadium 48 consecutive games -- including 10 exhibitions and three playoff games -- again are standing and screaming whenever visiting teams have the ball.

"We just feed off of that," Rolle said. "Kind of like everybody feeding on Steve (McNair). We feed off the crowd. It makes it hard for the tackles to hear. With the defensive ends we've got, it's pretty hard."

The home-field advantage is part of the reason the Titans have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in the last 25 games in Nashville, a streak dating back to Oct. 16, 2000, when Jacksonville's Fred Taylor ran for 112 yards.

Such success is a tradition for the Titans (6-2), who lead the NFL in rushing defense. They also have allowed the fewest 100-yard rushers since 1996 with only 13. San Diego and Pittsburgh are second with 17 apiece.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher said the home advantage helps the defense against offenses that check off plays at the line of scrimmage.

"Just playing at home, at least from our standpoint, helps all phases. We've not given up a big day rushing here in a long time. That doesn't mean to say we won't because we're probably facing one of the better running teams we've seen all year," Fisher said.

That would be Sunday when Ricky Williams and the Miami Dolphins (5-3) visit.

The Dolphins know what to expect because they became the second team behind Baltimore to win here with a 31-23 victory in the 2001 season opener.

Miami coach Dave Wannstedt also took his Dolphins on a quick tour of the stadium before that game, and they have scrimmaged the Titans here the last two years. He called it one of the tougher places to play in the NFL.

"The crowd obviously really loves their football there in Nashville," he said. "Going up there and practicing against them the past couple of years, I think our players at least have a comfort zone for the stadium, and we know the players that we're going to be going against."

The Dolphins also are 4-0 on the road this season, one of only four undefeated teams away from home. Williams, who ran for 1,853 yards last season, is fifth in the AFC with 660 yards.

But the Titans know they have something nice going.

"We're on a good roll right now," right guard Benji Olson said. "We want to keep that going, and the fans are really into it this year. With the season going as well as it has been, all we can do is keep asking them to be as loud and crazy as they can each week because it really does make a big difference."

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