Titans' four-fold mission

Tuesday, December 23, 2003 at 1:00am

1. Stay healthy. Yes, playoff seeding is important. Yes, an AFC South title would be nice, but the No. 1 goal for the Tennessee Titans Sunday is to get out of the game in one piece. And that mainly goes for quarterback Steve McNair. Simply put - no McNair, no playoff run.

2. Take care of business. The Titans might be tempted to do a little scoreboard watching regarding both Indianapolis and Denver, but Tennessee must first win against Tampa Bay, then worry about where their first playoff will be and when.

3. No rusty Neil. The Titans would love to get in a position Sunday to get ahead of the Bucs enough to allow Neil O'Donnell to see some game action, even if it's in a mop-up role. O'Donnell has been sharp running practice since coming out of semi-retirement last week, but there's nothing like game action even for a quarterback in his 14th NFL season.

4. Dictate the tempo on offense. The Titans were at their best when the three-receiver set was clicking in the middle of the year, forcing opponents to play nickel. Now that Drew Bennett is healthy again, the Titans should look to use more of the three-receiver sets again.

- Terry McCormick

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