Sunday, December 10, 2000

Players to watch

        • When Bengals run

        Titans middle linebacker Randall Godfrey has been everything the team had hoped when they signed him as a free agent from Dallas.

        Today, Godfrey will be asked to help stop Bengals running back Corey Dillon. Dillon, who had an 80-yard touchdown run the first time the teams played, victimized Godfrey on the play. Godfrey overran, and Dillon cut back.

        Godfrey leads Tennessee with 136 tackles and has two interceptions and three forced fumbles.

        • When Bengals pass

        With left-handed Scott Mitchell at quarterback, the pressure falls on right tackle Willie Anderson to protect the blind side.

        Anderson will have to contend with Titans' second-year superstar Jevon Kearse, who is tied for the team lead with eight sacks and has been playing well lately.

        Mitchell, already less mobile than Akili Smith, is still recovering from a sprained knee ligament. Anderson will have to keep Kearse out to give the Bengals any chance of passing the ball.

        • When Titans run

        Left guard Bruce Matthews will have to deal with Bengals right tackle John Copeland and then he will see plenty of right outside linebacker Takeo Spikes.

        The start will be Matthews' 211th, second in the NFL to Clyde Simmons' 216.

        Matthews faced an ailing Tom Barndt the last time the teams played, and Copeland is more agile. Matthews will have to shake free of Copeland and get a piece of Spikes to free up running back Eddie George.

        • When Titans pass

        Steve Foley is a versatile linebacker who will be tested today when he draws primary coverage responsibility on Tennessee tight end Frank Wycheck.

        Foley has one interception and seven passes defended this season. He's fast and will be counted on to keep up with Wycheck, who is quarterback Steve McNair's favorite receiver.

        Wycheck, who leads the Titans with 57 catches, is especially good on third down with 21 receptions and a 9.5-yard average.


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