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Offense Looks to Get Back Into Rhythm Sunday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Titans will try to rebound from a two-game losing streak Sunday against the Washington Redskins, who also have a two-game losing streak.

"We'll definitely try to get the bad taste out of our mouth and come back and play a little better than we have, especially in the second half," offensive tackle Michael Roos said this week.

Roos said the Titans will try to re-establish their offensive rhythm and improve their third-down conversion rate when Tennessee (5-4) hosts Washington (4-5) at noon at LP Field. Tennessee converted 31 percent of third downs in each of its past three games.

Tennessee's third down conversion percentage is 31 or less in each of its four losses. The Titans overcame that output against Philadelphia with explosive plays in the fourth quarter. Roos said focusing on details and correcting small miscues will give the offense more continuity.

"It's a matter of each guy focusing on his assignment," Roos said. "Every time it's been something about the third down, it's been something small. It's a little thing, and it's a matter of each guy taking it upon himself and making sure you're not the guy at fault and that you do whatever you can to do your job right. Once we take care of that, it will take care of itself."

Quarterback Vince Young is back in the starting lineup this week. Injuries have forced the Titans to alternate between Young, who sprained his knee and ankle against Jacksonville on Oct. 18, and Kerry Collins, who is "doubtful" with a calf injury. Collins relieved Young at Jacksonville and played the entire Philadelphia game despite a torn tendon in a finger of his throwing hand. Young returned against San Diego but aggravated his ankle, and Collins relieved him in the fourth quarter. Young relieved Collins, who started last week against Miami, after the calf injury. Young avoided injury against the Dolphins.

"I think having another week behind him (helps)," Roos said. "He's never short on confidence, which is good. He's a very upbeat guy and loves being out there. I think having his confidence back will help all of us on the field, having the confidence in the huddle and just that excitement. I think that's something we've got to do, especially in the second half. We've got to make sure we get a better feel for the game and have more rhythm so we're not going three-and-out as much."

Washington lost 59-28 Monday at home against Philadelphia after falling behind 35-0 against the Eagles in the second quarter.

Center Eugene Amano said the Titans aren't paying attention to the lopsided score from Monday.

"Every week a team plays bad and then comes back the next week and plays a lot better," Amano said. "We're expecting Washington to come out and play a lot better than they did Monday night."

Injury report

Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Collins did not practice Friday and is doubtful. Fisher said that tight end Craig Stevens, who is used primarily in run-blocking schemes, also did not practice and is doubtful.

"The next guy steps up," Fisher said when asked if Stevens doesn't play. "(Jared Cook) plays a little bit more. He's much improved (in run blocking). He's done a good job."

Moss debut at LP

Wide receiver Randy Moss will make his debut at LP Field Sunday. The Titans claimed Moss off waivers from Minnesota on Nov. 3.

Moss had one catch for 26 yards Sunday—the Titans' longest pass play against the Dolphins—and drew a 33-yard pass interference penalty against Miami.

"He had a much better week," Fisher said. "He's got a good feel for what we're doing now. It's like he's been here all year."

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