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Titans vs. Panthers: 3 Keys for Tennessee in the Second Half

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06:  Javon Ringer #21 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at LP Field on November 6, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Matt KingFeatured ColumnistNovember 13, 2011

The Tennessee Titans probably figured it was going to be a tough matchup against the Carolina Panthers coming off a bye week.

So far, that's not been the case. The Titans are totally in control, leading 17-0 heading into the second half.

Here are three keys for Tennessee to make sure that they come away with the win in Carolina.

Pass Until the Panthers Stop You

I understand the need to mix up your play calling, but the Panthers have been squashing the run while they've given Hasselbeck way too much time in the pocket. Keep throwing until they give you a reason not to.

That doesn't mean the Titans should totally give up the run game, but they can use the passing game to get Chris Johnson going as well, as we saw early in the game. 

Watch the Stupid Penalties

Early in the first half, the Titans had a big interception taken away because of an illegal contact penalty that was just a thoughtless play from the Tennessee secondary that didn't need to happen.

If the Titans can keep from making little mistakes like that, they can keep Carolina from making any sort of a comeback attempt.

Sweep the Leg

The Titans seem to be totally in control of this game so far, but let's not forget that the Panthers have the ability to put points on the board in a hurry. Really, Tennessee should be up way more than 17-0 going into the second half.

They need to come out right off the bat and put this game out of reach and not let Carolina hang around even a little bit.

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