Titans offense drops the ball

Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at 1:00am

If the Tennessee Titans want to see how a high-octane offense is supposed to work this week, all they have to do is look across the field Sunday at the Minnesota Vikings.

Titans wide receiver Drew Bennett had this ball bounce out of his grasp once he hit the ground during Sunday's 20-10 loss to Houston. Photo by Mike Strasinger.

Through five games this season, the Minnesota offense has been everything the Titans aspire to be productivity-wise.

The Vikings, powered by quarterback Daunte Culpepper and wide receiver Randy Moss, provide a prototype for not only how an explosive offense with multiple weapons should work, but have remained so, even in the face of losing players and being forced to replace them on the fly.

Minnesota is down to its fourth tailback in rookie Mewelde Moore, yet still ranks second in rushing average at 5.0 yards per carry.

The Vikings (4-1) were even without Moss in the second half Sunday night because of a hamstring injury, yet still put up 17 second-half points without their star, enough to hold off the New Orleans Saints 38-31.

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