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"It's been such a long time."
Yes, those are the lyrics from a Boston classic rock tune from the mid-'70s, but they also apply to the Tennessee Titans because it has been such a long time since the team won a game on its home field, which is now called Nissan Stadium.
The Titans have lost 10 straight games there. In fact, the last time they won a game in Nashville - Oct. 12, 2014 vs. Jacksonville, the stadium was still called LP Field.
The Titans' losing streak, unless they can break it Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, would be tied for the third longest in modern NFL history.
The all-time record is 14 consecutive home games lost, set by the Dallas Cowboys in 1988-89 and tied by the St. Louis Rams in 2008-10. Three teams lost 13 straight games at home, including the Titans predecessor, the Houston Oilers in 1972-73. Their dubious feat was matched by the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers of 1976-77, generally regarded as the worst team of all time losing the first 26 games of their existence, and the 1995-97 New York Jets.
The losing may be a running joke with fans, but for the players, it is a monkey they would just as soon get off their backs.
What's worse is that Nissan Stadium is fast becoming a place where opposing fans often make up a quarter or more of the crowd each Sunday. Then, if and when the Titans fall behind, the home team supporters thin out and by game's end the visiting team's fans have virtually taken over the stadium. It is something that could happen again this Sunday. The Oakland Raiders' recent history has been terrible, but they still have a strong traditional following, and a number of them will surely infiltrate the game Sunday.
It is something that Titans players may not like, but they seem to be resigned to it. Running back Antonio Andrews said every game - home and away - has a road game feeling to it.
"It's a while (since the Titans won at home). Every game feels like an away game," Andrews said. "So I don't really know what to say too much about winning at home. It's always good to win at home and not lose, but every game feels like an away game."
Basically, about all the Titans can do to stop it is to finally win a game in front of the home crowd.
"It means a lot. I don't know what the record is of us being at home, but it ain't good. It would feel good to get a win at home, and I know the crowd is looking for a win at home. There's nothing really I can about that. We have to win the game," veteran tight end Delanie Walker said. "You want your fans to be happy, cheering and screaming your name. It would be good to finally get that feeling."
SERIES HISTORY: 44th regular-season meeting. Raiders lead series, 23-20, but Titans have won the last three straight, including a 23-19 win in Oakland in 2013 when Ryan Fitzpatrick through a 10-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to Kendall Wright. The Raiders had gone up 19-16 on a 27-yard scoring pass from Matt McGloin to Marcel Reece. In the last game in Tennessee, the Titans won 38-13 in the 2010 regular-season opener. The Raiders trailed 24-6 at halftime. The last Raiders win was 34-25 in 2005 in Oakland.