Houston Texans: Nashville mayor asks for Titans game to be postponed

Derrick Henry #22 of the Tennessee Titans is tripped up by M.J. Stewart #29 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Derrick Henry #22 of the Tennessee Titans is tripped up by M.J. Stewart #29 of the Houston Texans (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans and Tennesee Titans are expected to face off against each other in a game that is quite important for Derrick Henry and company. However, there is at least a chance that the game could get postponed due to unusually cold weather that has hit the area.

Most of the Eastern half of the United States has been hit by a cold snap that has created record-low temperatures. In places like Tennessee, the cold weather is something the state isn’t prepared to deal with. The demands on the power grid to keep everyone warm and safe has led to rolling blackouts.

Obviously, the power needs of an entire football stadium are quite great. That’s why Nashville Mayor John Cooper is officially calling for the Houston Texans-Nashville Titans game to get postponed.

The mayor announced he had filed an official request with the NFL on Saturday morning.

“I’ve been informed that TVA’s unilateral rolling blackouts will continue,” he wrote about the Tennesee Valley Authority, which manages the local power grid. “All non-essential businesses should reduce power usage. I’ve asked the @Titans to postpone their 12pm game in solidarity with our neighbors. TVA needs to invest in infrastructure to withstand extreme temps.”

As of now, it doesn’t appear that the NFL has any plans to abide by the Mayor’s request. Part of the reason behind that might be the lateness of the request. As of now, the game is due to kickoff in just over two hours.

The Titans themselves may not want to push the game back, considering what’s at stake for them. While the Houston Texans are just playing out the string at this point, the reigning AFC South champs are in a dogfight for the playoffs, especially after Jacksonville won its Thursday night game against the New York Jets.

Should the Titans lose, they’ll fall into a tie for first place with the Jags. Considering that the Houston Texans have given both the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs a run for their money in recent weeks, the Titans might not want to disrupt their schedule and run the risk of an upset. While no word has been made official, this is a situation to keep an eye on.