5. Don’t Make Mistakes – The Titans thrive on turnovers. They’re 3rd in the NFL in points scored, but just 26th in yards. Tennessee’s 14 turnovers, tied for 3rd best in the league, have set them up with shorter fields and given the offense opportunities to score points without having to move the ball too far. If Kevin Kolb and company can hang onto the ball, they’ll make things much tougher on the Titans offense.
4. Pass Protection – The Titans lead the league with 24 sacks, and the Eagles are second worst in sacks allowed with 20. Kevin Kolb has looked like a completely different quarterback when he has time to throw, so Philadelphia needs to keep him on his feet in a strong pocket.
3. Run the Ball Effectively – The Titans have the 8th best rushing defense, but the Eagles will need to find a way to pick up some yards on the ground. With DeSean Jackson sidelined with a concussion, the Titans secondary will key on Jeremy Maclin in an attempt to make things tough on Kevin Kolb. A solid game from LeSean McCoy would go a long way by forcing Tennessee to bring an extra defender into the box.
2. Pressure the Quarterback – Chances are it will be Kerry Collins at quarterback today, and the numbers tell the story. Collins has lost his last seven starts. Since heading to the Music City in 2006, Collins has completed just 57 percent of his passes while throwing 21 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. While he won’t throw the ball a lot, every time Collins drops back should be viewed as an opportunity for the Eagles defense.
1. Slow down Chris Johnson – Since the start of last season, the Titans are 12-4 when Johnson runs for more than 100 yards and 0-6 when he is held below the century mark. The Eagles placed a lot of emphasis this week on slowing down Johnson by filling the cutback lanes and not giving him any escape routes once they have him hemmed in. If the Eagles can execute, they’ll be in great shape to leave Tennessee with a victory.
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