Not turn the ball over.
Holding onto the ball also could help a run game that looks like what coach Mike Munchak wants one week only to disappear the next.
''Turnovers,'' offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains said Tuesday. ''That's the nice thing about this. If we eliminate the turnovers ... we'll be all right.''
Munchak agreed: ''We were sloppy with the ball.''
The Titans still are plus-4 in turnover margin, but have lost at least two turnovers in four of their losses.
Against Jacksonville, they lost all momentum on the first offensive play when
''We're a good team,'' Johnson said. ''Just making a lot of mental mistakes.''
The Titans produced plenty of offense trying to rally against Jacksonville and outgained the Jaguars 362-214. But they settled for a pair of field goals and gave up a safety when right guard
The rally came once Fitzpatrick took over for the injured Locker, who was put on injured reserve Tuesday.
Fitzpatrick threw for 264 yards with two touchdowns and also ran for a 4-yard TD. But Fitzpatrick, who was intercepted four times in two starts last month, had the ball stripped from him in the fourth quarter.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano was impressed by Fitzpatrick's comeback, even though the Titans just missed. He said Fitzpatrick is more than capable.
''He's athletic enough to extend plays, makes all the reads, has the arm talent to beat you,'' Pagano said. ''He's got a bunch of weapons around him, obviously a great run game that you got to contend with. Ryan's done it and done it for a long time and won games.''
The key for both Fitzpatrick and the Titans may be they've both had more time together. Both Loggains and Fitzpatrick said those two starts helped them both have a better feel and rhythm together.
The Titans have struggled early in games this season, being outscored 36-27 in the first quarter. Three of the turnovers to the Jaguars came before halftime.
Fitzpatrick said a good start against the Colts will be important for momentum because during early struggles it's almost seemed as if the Titans are waiting for someone to step up and make a play.
''When things are doing well, you can feel that momentum and feels like the football field gets slanted and it gets you on a roll and you start scoring points,'' Fitzpatrick said. ''It'd be good to get that going early.''
Munchak said the Titans have to make sure to help Fitzpatrick as well. And yes, protect the ball.
''We got to make sure that part doesn't creep back in,'' Munchak said.