Titans HC Mike Vrabel details keys to Week 4 victory versus NY Jets

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Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel specifies keys to victory in Week 4.

Barring any unwelcome surprises, the Tennessee Titans should win their Week 4 matchup against the New York Jets. They’re currently the 7.5-point favorites on the road, though they’ll still need to go into the game with a competitive mentality to avoid an upset.

It wouldn’t be a Ravens-Chiefs level upset. It would be much, much worse.

Head coach Mike Vrabel showed he was taking this game very seriously when he recently discussed some tactical areas that could win the game early for Tennessee.

Here’s some of what was said:

Number one: The Tennessee Titans defense must force turnovers.

As you might imagine, the subject of turnovers came up.

"I mean, it’s time… We practice them as much as anybody, and we just have to go get our hands on a football. We got to punch it out, strip it out, rake it out, hammer it out. Whatever we have to do — we got to get the ball out, we got to intercept it, we got to tip it at the line of scrimmage and catch it and turn [the ball] over."

Through three weeks, Tennessee’s defense has forced one interception, Kevin Byard’s pick in Week 1. Other than that forgettable game, Tennessee’s defense has been solid, but Vrabel is right.

The team needs to be better at reading situations and exploiting opponents’ offensive schemes to turn the tide of a game.

Given New York Jets’ quarterback Zack Wilson’s turnover-prone performances of late — he’s thrown seven interceptions in the last three games — this matchup could present the perfect opportunity for the Titans to practice their ball-hawking abilities.

Clearly, that’s a big one. Here are two others.