•Control the ball for at least 35 minutes.
You better throw short, high-completion passes and make a conscious attempt to run the ball against that defense. If you only get three yards a carry, who cares? You have to limit Oakland's snaps because Rich Gannon is almost unstoppable. He had a game where he went 34 for 38. How do you stop that? Control the clock.
•Disrupt their timing.
They like to throw slant patterns, so you can't let their receivers get inside. Other than Jerry Porter, their wideouts can't run. Play up on them, bump and run, and don't give them the crossing stuff. Make Gannon throw fades; a 25-yard fade is harder to throw than a five-yard slant. He gets a lot of time, and that's why he has such a high completion percentage.
•Mix things up with the pass rush.
The Oakland offensive line is so big and strong that you can't be intent on rushing the passer with four guys all the time. Barret Robbins is one of the best centers in the game, Lincoln Kennedy is one of the best tackles, and the guards [Mo Collins and Frank Middleton] are huge. If you're going to attack somebody, go after left tackle Barry Sims because he's the weak link and has to go against Simeon Rice. You have to bring four rushers sometimes, five sometimes and even six or seven.
Contain Charlie Garner.
The Titans lost that game on Sunday because they allowed Garner to run the ball late. You can't let him do anything against you. You have to keep the Raiders one-dimensional, and that means you have to stop the run.
Exploit the secondary.
I just don't think it's any good. Strong safety Anthony Dorsett stinks. Cornerback Charles Woodson is hurt; Titans wideout Drew Bennett beat him on a double move—what does that say? The other corner, Tory James, is only solid. Free safety Rod Woodson is great because he's seen everything during his career and he's jumping plays.
Don't be afraid of the pass rush by their front four.
Tennessee blocked them pretty well and picked up their stunts and blitzes. Tampa Bay will have an opportunity to do some things in the passing game if its line can protect like it did against the Eagles on Sunday.