Titans vs. Bengals: Keys to victory

Revenge will be on the minds of the Tennessee Titans as they travel to Cincinnati to face the Bengals this weekend.
In 2007, Cincy handed the Titans their third consecutive November loss in annihilating fashion, throttling Tennessee 35-6.
Here’s what the Titans will need to do on Sunday to prevent history from repeating itself.

“Managing the Game” starring Kerry Collins as Trent Dilfer
The Baltimore Ravens won a Super Bowl at the turn of this century via a strong running game and intimidating defense. Trent Dilfer’s role as the Ravens’ starting quarterback was to merely manage the football game. 
In 2000, Kerry Collins quarterbacked the New York Giants, the team that was defeated by the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV. In 2008, as a result of Vince Young’s knee injury, Collins will play the Trent Dilfer role on a Tennessee Titan team that also relies on the combination of its running game/ strong defense.
Kerry’s ability to protect the football and manage the game effectively will play a huge part in whether or not the Titans are successful during Vince Young’s absence.
Pressure, Pressure, Pressure
Carson Palmer was the engine behind the Bengals’ success in their thrashing of the Titans last year. He completed 32 of his 38 passing attempts for 283 yards while remaining virtually unscathed as he consistently delivered strikes to Cincinnati receivers.
The Titans demonstrated their QB sacking prowess against the Jags in a 7 sack effort against David Garrard in Week 1. In Week 2, the pressure will be on the Titans to make Palmer’s life in the pocket miserable.
All aboard the CJ express!
During the preseason, Mike Heimerdinger expressed his desire to get Chris Johnson actively involved in the Titans’ offensive attack. At the time, Dinger predicted that CJ would get anywhere from 15-20 carries, with additional touches coming in the form of receptions out of the backfield.
Against the Jags, CJ’s NFL debut consisted of 15 carries for 93 yards on the ground while catching 3 balls for 34 yards in the passing game.
Expect CJ to get his share of touches against the Bengals as the Titans continue their unleashing of one of the league’s most dynamic rookies.
What are your keys to a Titan victory on Sunday?

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