Titans' four-fold mission

Tuesday, November 4, 2003 at 1:00am

1. Stop Ricky Williams. No matter whether Brian Griese or Jay Fiedler is at quarterback, the Titans first concern will be to keep Ricky Williams in check. Tennessee is No. 1in fewest rushing yards allowed per game, and will need a strong showing this week.

2. Pass with care. Steve McNair is having an MVP-type season for the Titans, but he'll need to be aware of the Dolphins' opportunistic secondary. A few years ago, Sam Madison intercepted him three times in a game, and Patrick Surtain already has six picks this season.

3. Keep them honest. The Titans have gone over 100 yards rushing three straight times as a team, but the yards will likely be hard to come by against Zach Thomas, Junior Seau & Co. Still, the Tennessee will have to get some semblance of balance to the passing game with the tandem of Eddie George and Robert Holcombe.

4. No special teams errors. In a game involving two likely playoff teams, special teams is critical, and the Titans special teams, which has performed better, cannot afford to give up a turnover or a big return in this one.

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