TV: CBD, Bill Macatee, Richard Baldinger
2006 RANKINGS: Titans: offense 9th (22nd rush, 8th pass); defense 29th (18th rush, 31st pass). Chargers: offense 17th (2nd rush, 29th pass); defense 1st (12th rush, 1st pass)
KEYS TO THE GAME:
The Titans must force Chargers QB Philip Rivers to throw more than the 11 passes he attempted in Oakland. However, aggressively attacking RB LaDainian Tomlinson would expose a shaky secondary that was burned for 302 passing yards in the opener. Tennessee will likely take its chances and hope Rivers makes a few mistakes in his first career home start.
Immobile QB Kerry Collins gets his second consecutive start for the Titans with rookie Vince Young getting a series each half, even though the Chargers tore apart Oakland's offensive line Monday. Most important for Tennessee offensively is to get RBs Chris Brown and Travis Henry untracked early because the pass protection has little chance of holding up on third-and-long.
FAST FACTS: Titans: Haven't defeated San Diego in 14 years, with three losses since a 1992 victory. ... Brown needs 39 rushing yards to pass Fred Willis (2,241) for 10th place in franchise history. Chargers: RB LaDainian Tomlinson needs two touchdowns to tie Lance Alworth (83) for the most in franchise history.
--CB Antonio Cromartie continues to work after practice fielding kickoffs and punts. For now, he is just getting comfortable doing it and won't be used in the game.
--LG Kris Dielman is battling a sore hamstring but has been working and is a go for Sunday.
With only two quarterbacks on the roster, WR Keenan McCardell is the emergency quarterback. There continues to be chatter that the Titans' Billy Volek might stay behind Sunday night if the Chargers can swing a trade.
--QB Kerry Collins will be the Titans starting quarterback in San Diego and will be looking to run an efficient pass attack with short drops and quick passes.
--QB Vince Young will get into the game in San Diego for maybe a series each half in the hope that he can spark something different and force the Chargers out of their comfort zone.
--RB LenDale White will appear in his first NFL in San Diego game after being deactivated in Week 1. Look for him to get a couple series behind Chris Brown, but also to be used as a situational player in short yardage and goal line.
--RB Travis Henry (toe) missed Wednesday and Thursday practice and since the Titans can't keep all three of their running backs active because of how it impacts special teams, he's not expected to play in San Diego.