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Ryan Tannehill and the Titans passing game will be facing a Minnesota defense that is missing some key pieces on Sunday.

1 .Keep putting up points. The Titans offense put up 33 points in last Sunday's home win against Jacksonville, and they face a Minnesota defense that has already surrendered 71 points in two games and will be without outside linebacker Anthony Barr (placed on injured reserve) and two cornerbacks this week against the Titans. Even without A.J. Brown, Ryan Tannehill showed what the Titans passing game is capable of, tossing four TD passes vs. the Jaguars. With the Vikings hobbled on defense, the Titans might be able to take advantage with the passing game again.

2. Pressure Kirk Cousins. Cousins had a rough game in the Vikings' 28-11 loss to the Colts last Sunday, but he is more than capable of finding a rhythm and getting the Vikes' offense going. Since the trade of Stefon Diggs, Cousins has been a little too reliant on Adam Thielen, and needs to get weapons like tight end Kyle Rudolph and rookie receiver Justin Jefferson more involved. They also need the football in Dalvin Cook's hands on the early downs. The Titans need to find their pass rush this week, something that gets a boost with Vic Beasley making his Tennesee debut. It should allow Coach Mike Vrabel and outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen to get a little more creative where they line up on defense in sub-packages.

3. Hit me with your best shot. The Vikings are 0-2 and their season basically hangs in the balance here, even though it is a September game. An 0-3 Minnesota team would basically be playing out the string and possibly entering the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes for 2021. Though the Vikings are beaten and battered, the Titans can expect their best shot as this is possibly a season-salvaging game for Minnesota. Tennessee, despite being 2-0, has not exactly been dominant early on. The Titans would love to get Derrick Henry going early and use the run game to control the line of scrimmage on offense and impose their will on Minnesota's banged-up defense. Tennessee might also be able to keep Henry a little fresher for the fourth quarter as rookie Darrynton Evans will be available for the first time to spell Henry in some third-down situations and for a series if needed.

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