With the Titans needing another win to try their best to keep pace with the division-leading Houston Texans, let’s take a look at a few things in particular that the Titans need to do to win on Sunday.
1. Stop Bengals QB Andy Dalton late in the game.
The quarterback position remains the most important in team sports worldwide. In this years draft, the Bengals addressed their vacancy by adding TCU rookie Andy Dalton in the second round. Dalton, while not flashy, has played as billed: an ultra-efficient game manager who makes the right plays late in the game. At 5-2, and coming off a 4-game win streak, the Benglas have learned to rely on Dalton late. Look for Dalton to find rookie sensation WR AJ Green or second-year, first-round TE Jermain Gresham on a big play late to keep the Bengals in the game.
2. Beat the Bengals at their own game.
The Titans will face the NFL’s number two rushing attack on Sunday. The Bengals enter the game averaging just over 85 yards per game. The Titans allow almost 130 rush yards per game. It’s a recipe for disaster and one the Titans will need to throw a wrench into. The Bengals defense ranks 4th in both points allowed and yards allowed per game. The Titans absolutely need to run the ball and keep the Bengals offense off the field. This will keep the defense fresh at the end of the game and reduce the Bengals ability to run it down the Titans defense late. How do they do that?
3. Start Javon Ringer.
At this point, really? Why not? Ringer absolutely proved capable last week.