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How fans should look at this game.

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At this point in the season, it is always a mixed bag of feelings when you watch the Tennessee Titans play. They aren't going to win their division, they aren't trying to save a head coach and it makes sense to hope they fail so they get a better draft pick.

However, the second after kickoff there is nothing most Titans fans want more than to watch a 42-0 Titans win. So, let's look at the things fans should be cheering for regardless of wins or losses.,

A dominant defensive effort

If there is one person or player in risk of losing their job undeservedly, it is Dick LeBeau. All he has done this year is turn a mediocre (at best) defense into one of the most dominant units in the NFL. They are currently sacking QBs at the highest rate per pass attempt in the league, and they already have 31 sacks, which is just 8 shy of last year's total.

LeBeau needs to defense to keep playing at a high level so the next Head Coach/GM that comes in will know that he can't be replaced. He's schemes have given everyone from Brian Orakpo to Wesley Woodyard career years, you can't lose that guy.

Marcus Mariota's success

Everyone already knows that Mariota is going to be the guy in Tennessee. He is already one of the most accurate passers in the league and he has worked without any proven receivers for a large part of his early career. It would be great to see him get a nice 3 TD, 0 INT game where he uses his legs a little and looks in complete control of the offense.

Antonio Andrews or David Cobb stepping up

There is nothing Titans fans are more conflicted about that than the current running back situation. There are games like the matchup against the Falcons where Andrews was a wrecking ball that we got away from. There are other games where there are some holes to run through and none of the running backs make the right choices and prove themselves. There is a third scenario where the offensive line fails to block correctly (often) and the running game just can't get going.

No matter what the situation is, the Titans haven't figured that out yet and some clarity would go a long way when planning out the future for this team's personnel.