FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons rookie pass-rusher Vic Beasley, with two sacks through six games, knows he has to pick up his production starting Sunday against Tennessee. Maybe a little trash talk will give him some added inspiration. Beasley knows he's in for a battle against physical Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan. But he also found out during the preseason just how much Lewan runs his mouth. "I'm going to have to bring it, man, because I know he's going to talk trash," Beasley said. "I'm going to talk trash, too, because I have to get my production on. ... I talk trash on the field, man. It's a competitive battle. When another person challenges you, it makes you take your game to another level." Beasley declined to reveal what Lewan said to him during the preseason clash, but implied it was too X-rated to repeat. Just based on his soft-spoken interviews since joining the Falcons, one would think Beasley would be the last person to engage in such exchanges. But if it can ignite Beasley without taking him out of his game, the coaches probably would be all for it. Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox, a notorious trash-talker during his NFL playing days, offered his perspective. "I don't discourage it," Cox said, "but at the end of the day, all that don't matter when the ball is snapped, because after the second play, you're going to be tired and then it comes down to your technique. If you're good enough to talk it and still be able to play your technique, that's good. At the end of the day, you've got to go out and play your game. You can't worry about what his game is or what he's trying to do. You've go into the game with your agenda, and then you've got to go play ball." Trash talk aside, the Falcons know they have to turn up the pressure Sunday, particularly with second-year pocket-passer Zach Mettenberger (0-6 as a starter) replacing injured rookie Marcus Mariota as the Titans' starting quarterback. The Falcons are tied for last in the league with seven sacks and have disrupted quarterbacks on just 10.2 percent of dropbacks, which ranks last as well. Dialing up more blitzes could help the cause, but the Falcons have faith in the pass-rush foursome of O'Brien Schofield, Jonathan Babineaux, Adrian Clayborn, and Beasley. Clayborn also has two sacks to tie Beasley for the team lead, and Babineaux and Schofield have yet to record sacks. Clayborn leads the team with seven quarterback hits, followed by Schofield with five. Cox encouraged the group to work more in unison than just as individual pass-rushers. The Titans have allowed 20 sacks this season, with 19 of them against Mariota. They have a rookie center making his first start Sunday in Andy Gallik and a rookie right tackle in Jeremiah Poutasi who struggled against Miami last week and was benched. In other words, the Falcons have an opportunity to have success rushing the passer. It's up to them to take advantage of it -- particularly the first-round draft pick Beasley. "I'm not big into the talking and predicting what you're going to do; show me what you're going to do on film," Cox said of Beasley. "At the end of the day, he's progressing and he's coming along. He has a special talent. You just have to keep pulling it out of him where it's not like flash here or a flash there. "We want consistency. The best players are the most consistent players."