Titans hope to make Wright go wrong
Updated: January 2, 2004, 1:13 PM ETBy By Football Scouts, Inc. | For ESPN Insider
Editor's note: After a week of watching film, Football Scouts, Inc., takes an second look at each NFL playoff match-up.
With Steve McNair missing the Titans' regular-season finale, Neil O'Donnell got the start. O'Donnell's timing with his receivers was sharp, but the strong play of the offensive line, which did a great job handling the Buccaneers' pass rush, may have been of more importance. O'Donnell was never sacked, and he was rarely touched. Looking ahead to a Ravens' defense that excels at pressuring the quarterback, pass protection will be critical. Last week's performance should give the Titans confidence heading into this game.
Against Tampa Bay, the Titans came out aggressive and scored early, forcing the Buccaneers to play from behind, which they do not like to do. The Ravens are similar to the Bucs in that the last thing they want to do is take the game out of the hands of Jamal Lewis and put it in the hands of QB Anthony Wright. Tennessee likely will take some chances downfield early as a result.
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